(KFVS) - After nearly a year of waiting, "Gone Girl" will make its debut in Cape Girardeau Thursday night.
There is a special 7 p.m. advanced showing that is invitation-only and there are also shows later in the evening. Both 10 p.m. shows are currently sold out, however tickets are still available for other shows Thursday night.
The invite-only show was set up by Twentieth Century Fox and the Missouri Film Office through Cape West 14 Cine.
Dr. Jim Dufek with Southeast Missouri State University saw the movie when it premiered at the New York Film Festival in late September. He suggests local folks see the movie twice. Once to take in all the familiar sites and faces and a second time to absorb the film itself.
"You know, it's an excellent film, it's a typical Fincher film," says Dufek. "It's very intense, it's dark. But anyone who wants to see themselves that was part of the extras, there's an opportunity for that."
There were many local people used as extras for various roles throughout the film as well as locations that will be recognizable to people from the Heartland.
"We have four homes in Cape Girardeau that are predominately seen throughout the film. They're used extensively. The bridge plays a huge part, it's in the movie all the time. And then of course the extras. We have hundreds of people from our community and from around this area that you see all the time in this movie," according to Dufek.
Local organizations are using the opening of the movie as a fundraising event. The
did what General Manager Kevin Dillon calls a corporate buyout of every seat in a theater at Cape West 14. They are then using profits from reselling those tickets to benefit their respective charities.
Dillon says the theater is expecting large crowds both Thursday and Friday night. More staff will be on hand during those times to help keep lines short for customers.
A limited number of special "Gone Girl" items will be given away to guests throughout opening weekend, according to Dillon.
Some websites are offering free electronic downloads of the book "Gone Girl" and other promotions with ticket purchases.
for more details on the David Fincher film as well as pictures from local filming areas.
You can buy tickets for upcoming shows at
or at the Cape West 14 Cine box office.