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By Tonya Pendleton, WHYY


The 1958 film classic “The Blob,” directed by Irvin Yeaworth, is a cult film classic because of its pulpy storyline, but it’s beloved by locals because of its setting in Downingtown and Phoenixville, Pa. It’s also the feature film debut of a guy you may remember — Steve McQueen, who went on to even edgier fare in his storied career. The Blob includes a pivotal scene filmed at the Colonial Theater and the Blobfest has been taking place there since 1999, but like everything else was impacted by the pandemic. Although this year’s fest is virtual, you can still expect the variety show, a children’s monster matinee, and multiple screenings of “The Blob.”