October 12, 2019

Lorre Films at the Harvard Film Archive

Peter Lorre fans in the area of Cambridge, Massachusetts, can enjoy a rare treat in October and November – Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) and The Face Behind the Mask (1941) onscreen at the Harvard Film Archive Cinematheque.

Stranger on the Third Floor will be shown on Saturday, October 12, 2019, on a double-bill with Blind Alley (1939).

The Face Behind the Mask will be shown on Friday, November 8, 2019.

Each program begins at 7 pm.

These films are part of the series “The B-Film – Low-Budget Hollywood Cinema 1935-1959”, which began Friday, September 13, and ends on Monday, November 25, 2019. The full schedule is available on the Harvard Film Archive Cinematheque website.

Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for non-Harvard students, Harvard Faculty and Staff, and senior citizens. Admission is free for Harvard students with a valid photo ID. Tickets may be purchased 45 minutes before show time on the lower level of the Carpenter Center. More information about tickets is available on the venue’s website.

The Harvard Film Archive Cinematheque is located at 24 Quincy Street, in the lower level of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Metered parking on Broadway and Harvard streets is free after 8 pm. The archive is also well-served by public transportation, including the MBTA Red Line. More information about parking, as well as directions to the Archive, is available on the venue’s website.

October 11, 2019

Citrus Heights Theater Hosts Bogart Fest

From 2013 to 2017, the Humphrey Bogart family held a film festival in Bogart’s honor in Key Largo, Florida. While a new location is currently being considered, the festival has been temporarily cancelled – but the Theatre In The Heights, located in Citrus Heights, California, carries on the annual tradition the weekend of October 11, 2019, with the 2019 Bogart Film Festival.

Bogart movies co-starring Peter Lorre will be shown on these dates and times ~
  • Beat the Devil (1954) – Friday, Oct. 11, 8:30 pm
  • Casablanca (1942) – Saturday, Oct. 12, 8:30 pm
Now in its second year, the Bogart fest begins Friday, Oct. 11, and ends on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. The full schedule is available on the venue’s website.

Admission to all movies in the festival is free for everyone. Reservations are not required, however seating is first-come, first-served.

Popcorn and drinks will be provided. For Bogart fans interested in a Bogart-themed cocktail, the festival organizers will open the Bogart Gin they bought at previous Bogie fests.

Theatre In The Heights is located at 8215 Auburn Boulevard, in Suite G of a strip mall along Auburn Boulevard in Citrus Heights, California.

Parking is available in the mall parking lot.

For more information, please call the theater at 916-509-3445.

October 7, 2019

The Conspirators at Toronto Film Fest

The Toronto Film Society kicks off its Fall / Winter Monday Night Film Buffs series with the Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet movie The Conspirators (1944) on Monday, October 7, 2019.

The Conspirators will be shown on a double-bill with The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt (1939), starring Warren William and Ida Lupino.

The program begins at 6:30 pm with The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt, followed by The Conspirators, with a 15-minute intermission between films.

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. More information about memberships is available on the Toronto Film Society website.

The Conspirators and The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt, as well as other movies in the festival, will be shown at the Innis Town Hall Theatre, located at 2 Sussex Avenue, within Innis College on the downtown campus of the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada.

Parking is available in several parking garages near the venue. Closest is the garage located at 371 Bloor Street West, in Toronto, Canada. More information about parking is available on the University of Toronto website.

Now in its 72nd season, the Monday night series begins on Monday, October 7, 2019, and will run each month until Monday, April 27, 2020. The full schedule is available on the Film Society’s website.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen Youngkin discusses the on-screen duo of Lorre and Greenstreet. The two actors appeared in a total of nine movies while Peter Lorre was under contract at Warner Bros.

The Conspirators was their sixth movie together. The two actors also performed on radio together, as guests on the comedy shows of the 1940s, as well as recreating some of their movies, such as The Maltese Falcon (1941) and The Mask of Dimitrios (1944). A list of their radio appearances is available in the book’s Appendix.

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.

Click on any of these links, and the order page will open.

September 30, 2019

Lorre Fest at the Aero Theatre

Peter Lorre fans in the area of Santa Monica, California, can spend every Tuesday afternoon enjoying a Lorre movie at the Aero Theatre, when the Aero presents their series “Tuesdays with Lorre” throughout the month of October, 2019.

Shown in 35mm, each film will begin at 1 pm. “Tuesdays with Lorre” includes ~
Screenings in the series are free for Cinematheque members. Tickets to each screening are $6 for all seats. Tickets may be purchased at the Aero box-office or online through Fandango. To purchase online, click the box labeled “Tickets” on the page for each movie.

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.

The Aero is also well-served by public transportation. More information about parking, as well as directions to the cinema, are available on the venue's website.

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 making of each of these movies through interviews with many people who worked with Peter before and behind the camera, including directors Fritz Lang and John Huston, and actresses Andrea King and Frances Drake.

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.

Click on any of these links, and the order page will open.

September 24, 2019

Film Lecture Series Includes Lorre

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, the Gene Siskel Film Center will feature Peter Lorre’s first sound movie M (1931) in their series “Viewing Positions”.

The program begins at 6 pm and includes a lecture by Fred Camper, artist and long-time art and movie critic for the Chicago Reader.

Admission is $5 for Film Center members, and $12 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased at the box office, which opens an hour before the first show of the day. Tickets may also be purchased online through the Film Center website. A nominal fee will be added to each ticket purchased online.

The Gene Siskel Film Center is located at 164 North State Street, between Lake and Randolph streets, in the heart of the theater district in Chicago, Illinois.

Validated parking is available at the InterPark Self-Park, located at 20 East Randolph Street, across the street from Macy’s, in Chicago, Illinois. Tickets may be validated at the Film Center box office. After 6 pm, limited street parking is available along Lake Street and Wabash Avenue in Chicago. More information about parking, as well as directions to the Film Center, is available on the venue’s website.

According to the Film Center website, the “Viewing Positions” series uses a variety of movies to “demonstrate the different relationships that films establish with the viewer, and the thematic, cultural, and ideological implications of those differences.” The series is presented in cooperation with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism.

The series began Friday, August 30, 2019, and continues to Tuesday, December 10. The full schedule is available on the Gene Siskel Film Center website.

For more information, please call the Film Center at 312-846 2800.

September 15, 2019

Casablanca at 2019 FAB Fest

The 2019 FAB Fest (Film, Art, Book) brings the weekend’s events to an end with a showing of Casablanca on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Lakewood, Washington.

The doors open at noon. Among the activities are a showing of Brooklyn (2015), local author and humorist Dorothy Wilhelm, artist Ron Snowden, book signings, and art and photography exhibits.

At 7 pm, flutist Jeannie Hill will perform “As Time Goes By”, the signature tune of Casablanca, followed by the movie in 4k resolution and digital sound.

Admission to all films and event is free for everyone. Free raffle tickets are available, too, with prizes including DVDs, books, and watercolor pens.

The FAB Fest is held at McGavick Conference Center, located in Building 23 on the campus of Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard SW, in Lakewood, Washington.

Free parking for visitors is available in the lot in front of the McGavick Conference Center. More information about parking, as well as directions, is available on the festival website.

Cary Grant Salute Includes Lorre

London’s British Film Institute continues its salute to actor Cary Grant with showings of Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), the only film Grant made with Peter Lorre.

Arsenic and Old Lace will be shown on these dates and times ~
  • Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019 – 5:40 pm
  • Tuesday, Sept. 17 – 8:35 pm
The series “Cary Grant: Britain’s Greatest Export” continues every Tuesday through Sept. 24, 2019. The 8-week evening course explores the background, career, and legacy of one of classic cinema’s best-loved stars. The remaining schedule is available on the BFI website.

Admission is open to non-members of the BFI, as well as members. Non-members will be charged a per-ticket booking fee of £1 for each ticket sold, to a maximum of £3 per transaction.

Evening and weekend prices are £10.50 for BFI members, £12.50 for non-members, and £6 for children 16 and under. For senior citizens (age 60 and above), students, unwaged and disabled visitors who are also BFI members, admission is £8.20, and for non-members £10.20.

More information about ticket prices may be found on the BFI website.

Tickets may be purchased through the BFI box office, located in the main foyer. Tickets may also be purchased on-line through the BFI website. From the page about Arsenic and Old Lace, click the “Buy” button beside the date and time of choice. A Booking Fee will be added to all online purchases.

The BFI Southbank is located on Belvedere Road, on the South Bank of the Thames in London, England. Directions to the BFI are available on the cinema’s website.

Parking is available at the Hayward Gallery, National Theatre, and Jubilee Gardens. The BFI is also well served by public transportation. The closest underground station is Waterloo. Exit Waterloo by the South Bank exit. More information about public transportation is available on the venue’s website.