WILTON — The X-Files Preservation Collection and Collectibles will host a Grand Opening ceremony of their establishment located at 4284 Route 50, in Wilton. Chris Carter - creator of the X-Files television drama series is anticipated to attend the ribbon-cutting event, which takes place Saturday, April 30.
Jim Thornton and Kelly Anthony, owners of the collection, say they are on a mission to preserve the history of “The X-Files’’ and highlight the work of the individuals both in front of and behind the cameras.
“The X-Files,” featuring Gillian Anderson as Special Agent Dana Scully, and David Duchovny as Special Agent Fox Mulder, debuted in September 1993. Thornton has been a fan since the first episode was broadcast.
The X-Files Preservation Collection and Collectibles, a one-of-a-kind attraction in Saratoga County, will feature a world-class collection of screen-used props, wardrobe and set dressing for the groundbreaking series “The X-Files.” The collection includes many iconic pieces from the show as well as a large number of pieces donated from Chris Carter.
Thornton first became a collecting enthusiast in the 1990s after visiting a store called That’s Entertainment at Crossgates Mall brought him in contact with X-Files trading cards.
“I loved the show and thought: Wow, I’d like to own something from it, but back in ’93, ’94, there wasn’t a lot of stuff out there,” Thornton said, when sitting down with Saratoga TODAY for a feature piece in late 2018.
In 2019, the couple rented a moving truck, piled much of their collection in, and drove to Chicago for X-Fest, an X-Files convention. It was here that people encouraged the couple to open a museum.
The X-Files Preservation Collection and Collectibles will feature a retail store selling pop culture collectibles – props, wardrobe, action figures, press kits, out of print DVD sets from television shows and movies.
In addition to attending special Guest of Honor Chris Carter, the Grand Opening celebration, which gets underway at 11 a.m., will include a ribbon cutting with creator of “The X-Files.” There will be a limited number of The X-Files Preservation Collection posters signed by Carter available for purchase.
General Admission will be available at the door at $25. Special VIP Tickets featuring a showroom tour, signed poster and other items are available in advance at: xfilespreservationcollection.com.