Be Still, Our ’90s Hearts: Disney Original Movies Come to The Bunkhouse

How the dive bar accidentally became a nostalgic destination

Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century

Zetus lapetus! Your favorite Disney Channel Original Movies can now be enjoyed in the comfort of your favorite bar.

This July, The Bunkhouse Saloon screened inline skating epic Brink!, starring Soul-Skater of Soul-Skaters Erik von Detten, and Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century, which we’ll argue was the performance of actress Kirsten Storms’ career (Days of Our Lives be damned). The films drew a combined 160 people to The Bunkhouse and even more to its Facebook page, where dozens expressed their thanks and devotion through Zenon song.

So how exactly does a concert venue and bar become a nostalgic destination for Disney fans? Well, it’s kind of a funny story.

“One night, the girls and I were out having some drinks, and we got to talking about how we wanted to rewatch [old] Disney movies,” event creator Kristen DeSilva recalls. Shortly after, the Las Vegas native convinced The Bunkhouse staff to let her do a screening, which should’ve been easy enough. “[General manager Ryan Pardey] gave us a Tuesday since there wasn’t a show, and I made a Facebook event. Skip ahead 24 hours and we have hundreds of people interested because I accidentally made it public and not private for friends.”

Instead of deleting the event, DeSilva used the interest to benefit the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, which has been suffering financially. She collects donations at the screenings, and Bunkhouse’s bar sales go towards the nonprofit. So far, roughly $230 has been raised. “The Center has been overwhelmed with support coming from everywhere lately and are always awesome when I do drop-offs,” DeSilva says. “Some staff will be attending the next screening as well.”

As they should, because Bunkhouse’s August 29 screening features Johnny Tsunami, a story of perseverance for a Hawaiian surfer … living in Vermont. The events are held indoors, with a massive screen airing the films by Bunkhouse’s stage. Those attending can bring chairs, though some will be provided, a blanket to get comfy and an appetite, as Evel Pie will provide pizza.

As for what’s next, DeSilva says she’s scheduling films as she goes, but is planning a double feature of Halloweentown and Don’t Look Under the Bed before Halloween. “I definitely want to keep doing them through the end of the year,” she says. “It’s just another fun, quirky way to support an awesome resource in Downtown.”

Johnny Tsunami at The Bunkhouse

August 29, 8 p.m. donations suggested,

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