Don a toga and get in free to see Animal House at UPAC on Friday

John Belushi in Animal House

John Belushi in Animal House

The Bardavon will continue the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC)’s sixth season of classic films on the big screen with the National Lampoon’s 1978 classic comedy Animal House on Friday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets cost $6 – or wear a toga to UPAC and get in free.

Directed by John Landis, Animal House is about a misfit group of fraternity members who challenge the dean of Faber College. The screenplay was adapted by Douglas Kenney, Chris Miller and Harold Ramis from stories written by Miller and published in National Lampoon magazine.

Of the young lead actors, only John Belushi was an established star at the time, but even he had not yet appeared in a film, having gained fame mainly from his Saturday Night Live television appearances. Several of the actors who were cast as college students, including Karen Allen, Tom Hulce and Kevin Bacon, were just beginning their film careers.


Tickets are available at the Bardavon box office at 35 Market Street in Poughkeepsie, (845) 473-2072; the UPAC box office at 601 Broadway in Kingston, (845) 339-6088; or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or For more information, visit