Gene Wilder’s ‘Willy Wonka’ and ‘Blazing Saddles’ in theaters this weekend

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American actor Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka in ‘Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory’, directed by Mel Stuart, 1971. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO — Two of Gene Wilder’s most regarded films are headed back to theaters this weekend following the actor’s death this week.

AMC Theaters is leading the charge with screenings of two of Wilder’s films — “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Blazing Saddles” — at 55 locations nationwide on Saturday and Sunday.

The participating locations include the AMC Theater River East 21 in downtown Chicago and the AMC Loews Streets of Woodfield 20 in Schaumburg.

Tickets, which are going for $5 per showing, and location information are available on AMC’s website.

The Regal Theaters in Chicago and Round Lake Beach will do the same.

The McHenry Outdoor Theater Drive-in will show a Gene Wilder double-feature tribute with “Young Frankenstein” and “Blazing Saddles”.

The Arclight Theater in the DePaul area, 1500 N Clybourn Ave, are giving 100-percent of their proceeds to the Alzheimer’s association for their showing of “Blazing Saddles” and “Willy Wonka” this weekend.

Wilder, 83, died Monday due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

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