Animal House Still Gets Laughs

The bawdy 1978 frat-life classic heads to the Paramount.


Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

Toga! Toga! Toga! The fraternity has a long and noble place in the history of American high jinks, serving as the mischief incubator that gave us 1920s flagpole sitting, 1930s goldfish swallowing, and 1950s phone booth stuffing. But it was John Landis’ 1978 comedy masterpiece Animal House that firmly cemented the image of the out-of-control fraternity in our cultural imagination.

The wild and raucous boys of Delta Tau Chi are notorious for their hard-partying lifestyle, making them the bane of the university’s crusty old dean. That fun-hating curmudgeon is out to put a stop to the Delta boys no matter what. But the Deltas are going to fight back in the only way they know how: pranks, panty raids, and lots and lots of beer. The first comedy film under the National Lampoon banner, Animal House single-handedly created the fraternity comedy and launched the career of comedy legend John Belushi as ultimate party animal John “Bluto” Blutarsky.

Experience the flavor of Greek Life with the original toga fanatics, or else end up on double-secret probation.

Thu., Aug. 16, 8 p.m. $5, Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland,

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