Kick off your Halloween festivities Saturday, Oct. 29, with a free screening of the 1931 classic horror film Frankenstein as Tarleton State University’s W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas hosts Night at the Opera House.

The screening begins at 6:30 p.m. in the museum’s theater in the historic ghost town of Thurber. Free refreshments will be served at intermission.

Produced by Universal Pictures, the definitive monster/horror film of all time is the screen version of Mary Shelley’s Gothic 1818 nightmarish novel of the same name and stars Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Mae Clarke and John Boles.

The film and novel’s name comes from the mad, obsessed scientist, Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive), who experimentally creates an artificial life—an unnamed monster (Boris Karloff)—who ultimately terrorizes the Bavarian countryside after being mistreated by his maker’s assistant, Fritz, and society as a whole. In the film’s most famous scene, Frankenstein befriends a young girl named Maria at the edge of a lake and mistakenly throws her into the water where she drowns.

Seating for the upcoming Night at the Opera House is limited. Reservations are encouraged. Call 254-968-1886 or email gordoncenter@tarleton.edu to save your spot. 

The W.K. Gordon Center, a Tarleton museum and research facility, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The center is located at Exit 367 on Interstate 20 between Fort Worth and Abilene. For more information, visitwww.tarleton.edu/gordoncenter or the museum’s Facebook page.