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Second annual Twin Peaks Fest to feature stars from David Lynch’s cult TV series

Produciton shot of Kyle MacLachlan (left), Michael Ontkean (center) and David Lynch (right) during the Twin Peaks pilot entitled “Northwest Passage” with an airdate of April 8, 1990. | ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images)

Damn fine coffee, heavenly cherry pie and Special Agent Dale Cooper’s unforgettable one-liners are all on the menu at the Balboa Theater’s Twin Peaks Fest

On Nov. 6, the historic neighborhood cinema will host its second annual ode to David Lynch’s cult television series, with actors Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer) and Dana Ashbrook (Bobby Briggs) appearing in person. 

Episodes from the series will screen from noon to 10 p.m., with two showings of Fire Walk With Me at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Also on the docket, a drag performance by Media Meltdown at 6 p.m along with a costume contest—the latter of which is new to this year’s event. As an added bonus for Twin Peaks superfans, Lee and Ashbrook will be signing autographs.

“The festival was really fun and successful last year,” said Chloe Ginnever, operations director for the Balboa. The theater is expecting a sold-out crowd this time around, so if you want to secure a spot, you may want to act fast. Tickets are on sale now.

Despite running for just two seasons—from 1990-91 on ABC—plus a single season on Showtime in 2017, Twin Peaks has a dedicated and adoring fan base. The show, which revolves around the discovery of murdered prom queen Laura Palmer (wrapped in plastic and washed up on a misty beach), was unlike anything else on broadcast television when it first aired.

Closeup of movie director David Lynch, looking through Panavision Panaflex movie on October 17, 1989. | Acey Harper/Getty Images

“Everyone I know loves Twin Peaks. It’s part of the reason we decided to do it,” Ginnever said of the festival.

Lynch’s auteur filmmaking style, the cinematic camerawork and the show’s transgressive themes were groundbreaking. Its eccentric characters—like the Log Lady and the eyepatched Nadine Hurley—its moody Pacific Northwest setting and its sparse visual style have proven hugely influential in the decades since. 

As The Sopranos creator David Chase told Time, “Anybody making one-hour drama today who says he wasn’t influenced by David Lynch is lying.”

The festival will include Twin Peaks-themed art for sale in the lobby—and that delicious coffee and cherry pie, of course. 

Twin Peaks Fest

Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa St. 
Sunday, Nov. 6, noon-midnight 
$25 for an all-day pass