Batman ’66 on the Big Screen
August 7, 2013

This past Monday evening I, along with my wife and daughter, had the opportunity to see the 1966 Batman movie on the big screen. We often visit the Kiggins Theatre, which lies across the Columbia River from us in Vancouver, Washington. The Kiggins (or “The Kig”) is a historic theater, first opened in 1935, that has recently been renovated and screens a variety of quirky, different and cult films and television series. We discovered the theater earlier this year when they were airing Doctor Who episodes and we fell in love with the place. And, this past weekend, they screened Batman.

I grew up on this incarnation of Batman as it was still heavily in syndication when I was a kid. The series, along with SuperFriends and the 1968 Filmation Batman cartoon, are largely responsible for entrenching Batman as my favorite super-hero. So, having the opportunity to see this movie on the big screen was quite the treat. I haven’t seen the movie, or the show, in many, many years. Yet, I was amazed of how much of it I still remembered even beyond the now iconic “Some days you just can’t rid of a bomb” scene.

Now, my wife and daughter had never been exposed to this version of the not-so-Dark Knight, so I warned them that this was done with tongue firmly implanted in cheek. So, my wife found the movie pretty hilarious. However, my 8 year old daughter just thought it was weird. But, right now if it doesn’t have something to do with Littlest Pet Shop or Doctor Who she’s not interested. The dialogue, while on one level is just incredibly hokey, is really genius as parody.

For me it was a fantastic throwback to my childhood, and a time when superheroes were fun and not taken as seriously as they are today. I had such a great time. If you live in the Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA-area then you owe it to yourself to check out the Kig. It’s a great place. You can check them out at

They are also in the midst of a Kickstarter (or, Kigstarter) campaign to covert to digital. You can check that out at Kickstarter/Kiggins



Jeff Cope
Jeff Cope has been collecting toys and action figures since he was a wee lad growing up in the 70s, and is still waiting to grow out of it. He's been involved in the online collecting community since he first started writing for Raving Toy Maniac in the mid-90s, and is proud to call AFi his online home.
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  • demoncat4 says:

    theatres like the kiggin are made for cult cheesy films like the batman one for how better to not only hear adam west go someday’s you just can’t get rid of a bomb. but also the legendary scene where batman gets out the old bat shark replant too.

  • Erik Superfriend says:

    Jeff, sounds like you had a great time.

  • Rick Johnson says:

    Jeff… that’s awesome to hear! Even more awesome is the fact that you have an 8 year old daughter that loves Doctor Who!!! 😉


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