Corpus Christi Ride-In Theater presents a screening of The Legend of Billie Jean
Friday, May 18, 2012 – Corpus Christi Bayfront across from McGee Beach – Festivities begin at 6PM
It doesn’t matter who you are, but if you live in Corpus Christi, you or someone you love remembers the Hollywood tornado called The Legend of Billie Jean that blew the town apart 30-something years ago. Since everyone you know was in the film and remembers every scene being filmed, Ride-In Theater thought it would be fun for you to see these locations all over again with THE LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT.
It’s easy. Go to each location listed below, have a friend or stranger take a picture of you there following the rules of each photo, and post each photo on our Facebook page (either in bulk or one at a time as your adventure continues). Once you have them all up on the FB page and we determine that you’re got them all correct, you will be entered into a drawing to win $100 and another Billie Jean prize to be announced later. The drawing will occur at the Billie Jean screening on May 18th. Click here for full rules.
You may get silly (we prefer that you do). Dress in 80s clothes. Dress like Binx or Billie Jean. Each photo has its own rules to get full credit.
You may not, however, get illegal. Be safe. Don’t get into traffic. Don’t step on private property. Be polite. Fair is fair!
1. Billie Jean’s Trailer Park
2175 W. Wheeler Ave, Aransas Pass, TX
The Billie Jean Gang’s homes were in this tiny trailer park community off the main drag of Aransas Pass. Take a picture of yourself at the main entrance with at least one home and some of the trees in the background. Please be very mindful of the residents. This is their home.
2. Billie Jean and Binx’s Sonic
This Sonic was in Flour Bluff and no longer exists. Take a picture of yourself at any Coastal Bend Sonic you choose as long as it is clearly a Sonic. You must be in a bay like Billie Jean and Binx. Scooter optional.
3. Dockside Surf Shop
10306 South Padre Island Drive, Flour Bluff
Dockside appears throughout the film: Here, Mr. Pyatt’s office, with the DA, with the burning statue, etc. You must appear in the photo in front of Dockside. If you visit during business hours, go in, say hello and check out their great merch. Do not take pictures inside without permission.
4. Mini Golf Hideout
The set of the mini-golf hideout was built for the movie in the area between the Texas State Aquarium (which did not exist at the time) and the Harbor Bridge. Go this area and snap a pic of yourself with the Harbor Bridge behind you. You must be on the correct side of the bridge for credit.
5. Outlaw Groceries
4502 U.S. 181 between Corpus Christi and Portland
The Sigmor station where the gang receive their first bit of assistance from the Billie Jean underground is gone, replaced by a Valero. Snap a pic of yourself at the new station with the station in the background and one piece of junk food in your hand (the way Putter would look). Do not take pictures inside without permission.
6. Sunrise Mall
You are granted a large amount of leeway at Sunrise Mall. The escalators are no longer operational so DO NOT GET ON THEM. DO NOT GET IN THE FOUNTAINS. Take any other pic of yourself that resembles your favorite scene from Billie Jean.
7. Skywalk Escape
500 N. Water Street
The gang turns a corner in Sunrise Mall and ends up on Water Street in a sky tunnel. To receive credit for this photo you must be running exactly like Billie Jean is.
8. N. Lower Broadway Hideout
360 (or so) N. Lower Broadway
A shooting pose (using your finger is fine) is required in this photo. Night is optional. Stand exactly where Binx is standing.
9. Lloyd’s House
3801 Ocean Drive
Do not go onto private property when taking this photo. Take a photo of you in front of the house from across the street. Fair is Fair arm pump mandatory!
9. Bayside County Courthouse
700 E Kleberg, Kingsville, TX
The Kleberg County courthouse doubles for Bayside County. Take a picture of yorself in front of these doors with enough building showing so that we know you’re in the right place.
10. Kenny’s House
628 Naples St
The ‘Kenny Scene’ was shot on different streets and in and around different homes. We chose this house for the scavenger hunt because it is the establishing shot seen to the left. The scenes inside, we understand, were shot in a different house. Take a picture of yourself in front of the house, back to the camera just like Billie Jean appears. Stand on the street or the city sidewalk. Do not go into the yard or any other private property.
11. Putter and Ophelia get Turned In
The fuzz catch up with Putter and Ophelia on the east (Island/Snoopys) side of the JFK Causeway. You must recreate this scene as best as you can with your vehicle and you cast as Putter or Ophelia.
12. The Turn-In Beach Party
Bob Hall Pier
In this screenshot from the film, Bob Hall Pier would be behind you over your right shoulder. Take a shot in the same place as best you can.
FULL SCAVENGER HUNT RULES
1. Participants enter at their own risk. Ride-In Theater is not responsible for accidents or harm while attempting to take photos
2. Participants agree not to step on private property.
3. Participants may work on a team and the team may appear together in each photo. Participants must appear in each photo.
4. Only those that take photos of all ‘in play’ locations will qualify for prize drawing.
5. Particpants must post their photos to the Ride-In Theater FB page prior to Noon, Thursday May 17. They may post their photos anytime, in any order, one-at-a-time, or in bulk. Names of each participant appearing in the photo must be in the caption of the photo.
6. Participants must have fun.