Jan 182016
 
In his Aladdin Sane persona, an image of David Bowie looms over the full house at Prytania Theatre. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In his Aladdin Sane persona, an image of David Bowie looms over the full house at Prytania Theatre. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After Saturday’s massive second-line tribute through the New Orleans French Quarter, hundreds more David Bowie fans converged on Prytania Theatre on Sunday night to sell out two showings of his cult-favorite film “Labyrinth.”

Musician Win Butler of Arcade Fire sings "Oh You Pretty Things" into a megaphone on St. Peter Street in the French Quarter during Saturday's second-line tribute to David Bowie. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Musician Win Butler of Arcade Fire sings “Oh You Pretty Things” into a megaphone on St. Peter Street in the French Quarter during Saturday’s second-line tribute to David Bowie. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Prytania had originally scheduled only a single showing of “Labyrinth” for 10 p.m. Sunday — in which Bowie presides as the goblin king Jareth over a horde of Jim Henson-created minions — then quickly confirmed a second Bowie feature, “The Man Who Fell to Earth,” for next Sunday, Jan. 24. But as interest in the tributes to Bowie in New Orleans grew through the week — evidenced by the thousands in attendance Saturday for the second-line through the French Quarter — theatre owner Robert Brunet decided to add a second, earlier “Labyrinth” showing to Sunday’s schedule.

Brunet’s intuition proved correct. The 7:30 p.m. showing sold out, and before it was over, a line stretched down the block for the 10 p.m. screening as well. By the time it started, all 550 tickets had been sold for the two showings.

“I expected it to be good, but I didn’t expect to sell out two shows,” Brunet said. “We’re a weird city, and that’s a great thing.”

In fact, Brunet said, he may try to run the film once more in the coming week. He had also wanted to show the “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” documentary of Bowie’s final performance of that persona, but hasn’t yet been able to acquire the rights to show it. He’s also considering the possibility of other Bowie films, but said he’s not sure where he can fit it around the demand for a similar tribute to actor Alan Rickman and the upcoming Oscars series.

While the Bowie-esque costumes of Saturday’s second line did not reappear, many moviegoers opted for their own take on glam — platform shoes, multihued hairstyles, and garments that glimmered under the theatre chandeliers. Rebecca Rutherford and her young daughter both donned gold Venetian-style masquerade masks for their arrival at the theatre.

“I loved his music when I was a little girl, so I wanted to bring my daughter to come see it too,” Rutherford said.

A longtime Bowie fan himself — old enough to remember when Ziggy Stardust first arrived from Mars, he laughed — Brunet personally selected a slideshow of his favorite of the artist’s looks and images throughout the decades. He combined it with a soundtrack that stretched from “Space Oddity” late 1960s to “I’m Afraid of Americans” in the late 1990s, and let it run for nearly 45 minutes before the show’s start.

“It’s our way of doing some kind of memorial service or tribute,” Brunet said. “It’s a celebration. I don’t want people to just come in and watch the movie, and that’s it.”

The last song in Brunet’s playlist was the eponymous track from “Ziggy Stardust.” The theater went dark, the “Labyrinth” opening credits lit up the screen with the name “David Bowie” — and New Orleans cheered for their otherwordly hero once more.

Members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band make their way down Royal street. On Saturday, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and members of Arcade Fire led a second line through the French Quarter in honor of musician David Bowie who died on January 10, 2016.

Members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band make their way down Royal street. On Saturday, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and members of Arcade Fire led a second line through the French Quarter in honor of musician David Bowie who died on January 10, 2016.

A man, dressed in his best David Bowie attire, posed for a photograph on a crowded St. Peter street. On Saturday, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and members of Arcade Fire led a second line through the French Quarter in honor of musician David Bowie who died on January 10, 2016.

A man, dressed in his best David Bowie attire, posed for a photograph on a crowded St. Peter street. On Saturday, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and members of Arcade Fire led a second line through the French Quarter in honor of musician David Bowie who died on January 10, 2016.

A man plays with child on the corner of St. Peter and Royal in the French Quarter before the David Bowie parade. On Saturday, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and members of Arcade Fire led a second line through the French Quarter in honor of musician David Bowie who died on January 10, 2016.

A man plays with child on the corner of St. Peter and Royal in the French Quarter before the David Bowie parade. On Saturday, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and members of Arcade Fire led a second line through the French Quarter in honor of musician David Bowie who died on January 10, 2016.

Prytania Theatre owner Robert Brunet takes tickets as movie-goers file into Sunday's showing of Labyrinth. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Prytania Theatre owner Robert Brunet takes tickets as movie-goers file into Sunday’s showing of Labyrinth. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A digital poster for "Labyrinth" displays while moviegoers order popcorn in the lobby. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A digital poster for “Labyrinth” displays while moviegoers order popcorn in the lobby. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The photo slideshow of Bowie images spanned his career, including this shot from the "Let's Dance" era in the early 1980s. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The photo slideshow of Bowie images spanned his career, including this shot from the “Let’s Dance” era in the early 1980s. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two Bowie fans, Felina Dolly and Mistress Genevieve, wait for friends to arrive in their seats at the Prytania. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two Bowie fans, Felina Dolly and Mistress Genevieve, wait for friends to arrive in their seats at the Prytania. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Another iconic Bowie visage gazes over the Prytania audience. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Another iconic Bowie visage gazes over the Prytania audience. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A group of fans pose for a photo in masks as they wait for "Labyrinth" to begin. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A group of fans pose for a photo in masks as they wait for “Labyrinth” to begin. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A fan named Jackie O waits for a last minute coffee before the beginning of Labyrinth. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A fan named Jackie O waits for a last minute coffee before the beginning of Labyrinth. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

David Bowie as Halloween Jack from "Diamond Dogs," his arms raised over the crowd at the Prytania. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

David Bowie as Halloween Jack from “Diamond Dogs,” his arms raised over the crowd at the Prytania. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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