July 19, 2018

Bogart Fest at the Aero Includes Lorre

Lorre fans in the Santa Monica, California, area will have three opportunities this month to catch Peter on the big screen when the Aero Theatre presents Casablanca (1942), The Maltese Falcon (1941), and Beat the Devil (1954) as part of their series “Humphrey Bogart, Hollywood Legend”.

The Lorre movies will be shown on the following dates and times ~
  • Casablanca – Friday, July 20
  • The Maltese Falcon, on a double-bill with The Big Sleep (1945) – Friday, July 27
  • Beat the Devil, on a double-bill with The African Queen (1951) – Sunday, July 29
All programs begin at 7:30 pm.

The Bogart fest begins on Thursday, July 19, and ends Sunday, July 29, 2018. The complete schedule is available on the Aero website.

Ticket prices are $12 for general admission, $8 for Cinematheque Members, and $10 for students with valid ID and senior citizens 65 and over. Tickets may be purchased on-line through Fandango and the Aero website.

The Aero Theatre is located at 1328 Montana Avenue, at 14th Street, in Santa Monica, California.

Parking is available free and at meters along Montana Avenue and other streets near the Aero. Please check posted signs. North of Montana Avenue, parking is generally limited to two hours until 7 pm. After 7 pm, parking is free for the duration of a movie.

For more information, please call the Aero at (310) 260-1528.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the on-screen and off-screen friendship of Peter Lorre and Humphrey Bogart through interviews with their friends and family members. The two actors met on The Maltese Falcon in the fall of 1941 and went on to work together in three more movies at Warner Bros. until Peter left the studio in 1945. Beat the Devil was their final movie together, filmed on location in Italy in 1954.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre may be purchased from Amazon U.S., Amazon Canada, and Amazon U.K, as well as other booksellers.

July 16, 2018

Toronto Summer Film Fest Includes Lorre

The Toronto Film Society continues its annual summer film fest with a showing of Peter Lorre’s first American film Mad Love (1935) on a double-feature with The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (1947) on Monday, July 16, 2018, at the Carlton Cinema in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Mad Love will begin at 7 pm. The Private Affairs of Bel Ami will follow.

The summer film fest, titled “Bad Guy / Mad Guys”, will run every Monday night in July and August, beginning on July 9 and ending on August 27 with a showing of Rope of Sand (1949), with Peter Lorre, Burt Lancaster, Corinne Calvet, Paul Henreid, and Claude Rains. The full schedule is available on the Toronto Film Society website.

Most films, including Mad Love and Rope of Sand, will be shown at the Carlton Cinema, located at 20 Carlton Street, in Toronto, Ontario.

Parking is available in the parking deck located at 1 Wood Street, a block from the Carlton Cinema. The cinema is also well-served by public transportation, with the College metro stop at the corner of Carlton and Yonge streets.

Memberships in the Toronto Film Society are available in a variety of price levels. The “Trial Membership” may be purchased at the door before any screening. The Trial Membership is $18 for adults and $15 for students with valid student ID. Memberships may be purchased through the Toronto Film Society website.

More information on memberships is available on the Society’s website.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of Mad Love and Rope of Sand through interviews with actress Frances Drake and screenwriter Walter Doniger.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre may be purchased from Amazon U.S., Amazon Canada, and Amazon U.K, as well as other booksellers.

July 15, 2018

San Francisco Cinema Features Lorre Classic

Peter Lorre fans in the San Francisco Bay Area of northern California are in for a special treat on Sunday, July 15, 2018 – a showing of the classic Walt Disney movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), on an adventure film double-feature with Jason and the Argonauts (1963) at San Francisco’s historic Castro Theatre.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea will begin at 1:30 pm. Jason and the Argonauts follows at 3:50 pm.

Admission is $13 for adults, and $10 for seniors (age 62 and older) and children (age 12 and under). Tickets may be purchased at the box office.

The Castro Theatre is located at 429 Castro Street, in San Francisco, California.

Parking is available in two small lots and on the street near the cinema. The Castro is also well-served by both bus and street car. Public transportation options, as well as directions to the Castro, can be found on the cinema’s website.

For more information, please call the Castro at (415) 621-6120.

July 8, 2018

Lorre Film Opens Annual Norfolk Fest

On Monday, July 9, 2018, the Mal Vincent Classic Film Festival launches its 15th year with The Maltese Falcon (1941) at the Naro Expanded Cinema in Norfolk, Virginia.

The program begins at 7:15, with film critic Mal Vincent introducing The Maltese Falcon with little-known facts about the movie, its stars, writers, and director, based on his five-decades’ personal experience writing about film for The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk’s daily newspaper. Mr. Vincent will also close the program with movie trivia.

Tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for senior citizens (age 64 and older) and kids (age 12 and under). Ticket Books, including 10 admissions for any movie, may also be purchased for $73.

Tickets go on sale at the box office at 6 pm, and the doors open at 6:30 pm.

The Maltese Falcon will also be shown Tuesday afternoon, July 10, 2018, at 1:45 pm. Matinee prices are $8 for all seats.

Mal Vincent’s film festival will be held every Monday night from July 9 to August 20, 2018. Following the final movie, The Egg and I (1947) on August 20, all attendees will be invited to vote on the best four performances of the festival – lead actor, lead actress, supporting actor, and supporting actress. The results will be entered in the film fest record book.

The closing-night party will be held at the Ynot Pizza and Italian Cuisine, located at 1517 Colley Ave in Norfolk, Virginia, down the street from the Naro.

The complete schedule for the film fest is available on the venue’s website.

The Naro Expanded Cinema is located at 1507 Colley Avenue, in Norfolk, Virginia. For more information, please call the cinema at 757-625-6276.

Parking is available in the lot behind the Naro. Street parking is also available along Colley Avenue. More information, including directions, is available on the Naro’s website.

The historic Naro Expanded Cinema opened on February 24, 1936, as The Colley Theater, one of several suburban movie theaters owned by William S. Wilder. In 1977, the cinema was bought by Tench Phillips and Thom Vourlas, who wanted to show classic films, as well as independent and foreign movies. In 2004, the two cinema owners talked Mal Vincent into presenting classic films at the Naro – and the Mal Vincent Classic Film Festival was born.

And now Peter Lorre fans in the Norfolk, Virginia, area can enjoy The Maltese Falcon in an historic cinema that very likely presented the movie when it was originally released in the fall of 1941. Purchase a ticket at the outside booth. Enter the lobby and step back in time, when cinemas had balconies, and a red velvet curtain shielded the screen until the picture was ready to begin. The lights dim. The curtain parts. The credits roll.

And fans are treated to a Lorre performance on a big screen – as Peter Lorre was meant to be seen . . . . .

July 3, 2018

Celebrate the Fourth of July with Lorre

In November, 1944, Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) opened at the Stanford Theatre, Palo Alto’s premiere cinema in Northern California, for a 4-day run, beginning Sunday, November 5.

Beginning Tuesday, July 3, 2018, and ending Thursday, July 5, Lorre fans in Palo Alto can once again enjoy Arsenic and Old Lace on the big screen at the historic Stanford as part of the venue’s series “Summer 2018”.

On a double-bill with Talk of the Town (1942), Arsenic and Old Lace will be shown at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, July 3, 4, and 5.

Before and after the 7:30 show, one of the Stanford’s “Masters of the Mighty Wurlitzer” will play the Wurlitzer theater organ during the intermission.

Admission is $7 for adults, and $5 for youth (18 and under) and seniors (65 and over). Tickets may be purchased at the box office on the day of the show.

The Stanford Theatre is located at 221 University Avenue in Palo Alto, California. Look for the cinema’s large neon marquee – a landmark along University Avenue in the downtown area.

Parking is available at meters along the street in front of the cinema, as well as two parking garages within two blocks of the Stanford. The Bryant / Lytton Parking Garage is located at 445 Bryant Avenue, one block north of University Avenue. The High Street Parking Garage is located at 528 High Street, one block south of University Avenue.

More information about parking is available on the Stanford's website.

For more information, please call the Stanford Theatre at 650-324-3700.

The Stanford Theatre opened in 1925. Most of the classic films now playing – including many Lorre movies – appeared in this cinema on their initial run, when the program changed two or three times a week. On the venue’s website are the original weekly schedules from 1925 through to 1961.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005), Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of Arsenic and Old Lace, originally filmed in the fall of 1941. Having completed work on The Maltese Falcon (1941), Peter Lorre was called back to the Warner Bros studio to play Dr. Einstein, personal plastic surgeon to the international killer Jonathan Brewster (Raymond Massey).

By the time Arsenic and Old Lace went into release in the fall of 1944, Peter was under contract with Warner Bros. and well on his way to the most productive period of his career.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre may be purchased from Amazon U.S., Amazon Canada, and Amazon U.K, as well as other booksellers.