“St. Elmo’s Fire,” the movie that helped launch the tribe of actors who dominated 1980s films as the “Brat Pack” — and forever cemented Georgetown bar The Tombs in popular culture — celebrated its 30th birthday last weekend.
Much like ageless actress Demi Moore, who played group’s hard-partying drama queen in the movie, the Tombs hasn’t changed much since the era of a single-earringed Rob Lowe. Most of the art on the walls has been hanging there since the joint opened in 1962, says manager Chris George. One update: The Tombs has since ditched those red-and-white check tablecloths that featured in many a shot.
The bar didn’t mark the film’s anniversary — no “St. Elmo’s flaming shots” on special, say — but that’s not because the millennials who now down pints in the brick-walled bar aren’t familiar with the film, which got tepid reviews and never enjoyed “The Breakfast Club”-like levels of cult status.
“I think many of them have seen it — it’s about Georgetown kids,” George says. “They’ll probably see it at some point or another.”