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"Ferris Bueller's Day Off" returns to theaters

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Posted at 9:31 PM, May 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-18 22:49:50-04

More than three decades after Ferris Bueller and his crew played hooky from school in Chicago, the 1980's film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" returned to theaters this week for a two day event, May 15 and 18.

The film was shown at several Marcus theaters across the country, including in the Milwaukee-area and greater Chicagoland.

TODAY'S TMJ4 reached out to managers from several of the theaters who all said there was average attendance.

"We've seen steady attendance, but haven't sold out any shows," said Daniel Colwell, assistant manager with the Marcus Northshore Theater in Mequon, Wis.

It was the same story across town at Ridge Cinema in New Berlin.

"About half of the seats were sold," said Paul Koster, assistant manager with Ridge Cinema.

According to Koster, attendance was pretty standard for all of the older released movies that have recently returned to the big screen.

Classics that have returned to the theaters include Back to the Future and Indiana Jones.

Meanwhile south of the border in Illinois where the movie was based,  Max Rasmussen, assistant manager of a Marcus Theater in Elgin, Ill. said "it was average attendance" there too.

According to the theater management at all three venues, sparse attendance can be attributed to a lack of advertising.

If you're a "Save Ferris" supporter, it's not too late to see the film on the big screen.  Plus, there's still a chance to watch the movie with some of the original cast members.

"Ferris Fest" will be held in Chicago May 20-22, and includes a cast Q&A session along with the film screening.

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