June 2, 2017

Lorre Film at the Stanford Theatre This Weekend

As part of their salute to “Classic Comedy”, the historic Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto, California, will show Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) this weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 2, 3, and 4, on a double-feature with Harvey (1950).

Arsenic and Old Lace will be shown at these times ~
  • Friday, June 2 – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, June 3 – 3:25 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, June 4 – 3:25 pm and 7:30 pm
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.

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

Opening in 1925, the Stanford Theatre was Palo Alto’s premier movie theater. Most of the classic films the cinema now plays – 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.

Arsenic and Old Lace opened at the Stanford on November 5, 1944, for a 4-day run of Sunday through Wednesday.

In 1987, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation purchased and restored the cinema. Now owned by the Stanford Theatre Foundation, the cinema presents classic Hollywood movies.

May 3, 2017

Sacramento Museum Hosts Light and Noir Traveling Movie Exhibit

From May 16 to Oct. 15, 2017, the California Museum, located in Sacramento, California, will host the traveling exhibit “Light and Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933-1950”, which highlights the history of émigrés who fled Europe and Hitler and found work in the American film industry.

Casablanca (1942) is one of sixteen movies discussed in the exhibit, including posters, costume and concept drawings, scripts, musical scores, lobby cards, and props from the “Rick’s Café” set.

While the plot of Casablanca deals with Europeans escaping from Hitler for the freedom of the United States, many of the actors in the cast were also European refugees who had come to America under similar circumstances – including Peter Lorre, whose black market character Ugarte sells exit visas to the desperate.

The traveling exhibit is organized by the Skirball Cultural Center, in association with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Admission to the California Museum is $9 for adults 18 and over; $7.50 for students with identification and seniors age 65 and over; and $6.50 for youth between ages 6 and 17. Children 5 years and under are admitted free. Members of the Museum, North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM), and Time Traveler are also admitted free.

Museum members are also invited to kick off the exhibit with the “Light and Noir Premiere Party”, to be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, from 5:30 to 8 pm. Inspired by an evening at Rick’s Café Americain, festivities include live jazz, roulette and craps games, and complimentary refreshments. Attendees are encouraged to wear period attire from the 1930s and 1940s.

Interested in the party but not a California Museum member? Not a problem! Join by 5 pm on Friday, May 5, 2017, and receive an exclusive invitation to the event. More information about the premiere party is available on the museum’s website.

The California Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. The museum is closed on Monday. The museum is also closed on a number of federal holidays, including Independence Day, July 4.

More information about tickets and business hours is available on the museum’s website.

The California Museum is located at 1020 O Street, at the corner of 10th Street and O Street, in downtown Sacramento, California.

Parking is available in the public parking garage located at 1520 10th Street, directly across the street from the California Museum. The museum is also well-served by public transportation. Directions to the museum, as well as information about parking and public transportation, are available on the museum’s website.

For more information, please contact the California Museum at 916- 653-7524.

Wisconsin Library Film Series Includes Lorre

The Waupaca Area Public Library, in Waupaca, Wisconsin, concludes their “First Thursday Film Series” with a showing of Casablanca (1942) on Thursday, May 4, 2017 – in honor of veterans of all branches of the United States military.

The movie begins at 1:30 pm with a brief commentary by Dr. Jack Rhodes, who lectures in the Waupaca area on the rhetoric of film genres. Popcorn, soda, and theater treats will be served during the film.

Admission is free for everyone, and reservations are not necessary.

The Waupaca Area Public Library is located at 107 South Main Street, in Waupaca, Wisconsin.

Parking is available in the lot behind the library, as well as nearby streets.

For more information, please call the library at 715-258-4114.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005), Stephen D. Youngkin recounts the making of Casablanca, a film to which Peter attached little importance and later claimed he made more money playing the roulette wheel on the “Gambling Room” set than he did acting before the cameras.

However, Casablanca did give Peter the opportunity to work for a third time with his off-screen buddy Humphrey Bogart, as well as earn him a contract with the Warner Bros. studio he is now so closely associated with.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre is available in soft-bound and hard-back editions, as well as the Kindle and Nook.

Purchase The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre from Amazon.

April 28, 2017

Lorre Double-Feature at Castro Theatre

At the Castro Theatre, in San Francisco, California, it’s a “Double Bogie and Huston” night on Sunday, April 30, 2017 – but it’s also a “Double Lorre” night, with showings of The Maltese Falcon (1941) and the restored Beat the Devil (1954).

Beat the Devil begins at 5:05 pm and 8:55 pm.

The Maltese Falcon will be shown at 7 pm.

The newly-restored version of Beat the Devil was shown earlier this year at the Film Forum in New York City, Feb. 17 to 23, 2017, and discussed here on the Peter Lorre News blog. The restoration has gone back to the original 35mm camera negative, as well as other sources, to re-create the longer uncensored – and never seen – version to be shown at the Castro.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors age 62 and older, and $9 for children age 12 and younger. Tickets may be purchased at the Castro 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.

Arthur Lyons Noir Fest Includes Lorre

Among the many film noir movies in Peter Lorre’s credits are two films adapted from Cornell Woolrich novels – Black Angel (1946) and The Chase (1946). Both are scheduled for this year’s Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival, to be held in Palm Springs, California, from Thursday, May 11 to Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Founded in 2000 by the late mystery writer Arthur Lyons and now produced and hosted by film noir expert Alan K. Rode, the festival includes movies, events, special guests, and post-screening discussions. The full schedule is available on the festival’s website. Both Lorre films will be shown on Friday, May 12 ~
  • The Chase – 10 am
  • Black Angel – 7:30 pm
Following Black Angel will be an on-stage discussion with Richard Duryea, the son of Dan Duryea, who partners with June Vincent to find out who killed Duryea’s ex-wife, a murder that leads to the trial and conviction of Vincent’s husband.

Tickets for The Chase and Black Angel may be purchased for $13 each. A fee of $1.71 will be added for each ticket ordered on-line.

An All Access Pass may also be purchased for $125, with a fee of $7.87 added to each pass purchased through the festival’s website. The All Access Pass includes all screenings and events, as well as the Opening Night Party on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

More information about tickets is available on the festival’s website.

All movies will be shown at the Camelot Theatres, located in the parking lot of the Palm Springs Mall at 2300 E. Baristo Road, between Farrell Street and Sunrise Avenue, in Palm Springs, California. Parking is available in front of the cinema, in the mall parking lot. Directions to the cinema are available on the Camelot Theatres website.

As of this writing, April 28, 2017, the official hotel for the festival has not yet been announced.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of Black Angel and The Chase, including interviews with June Vincent, who plays the female lead in Black Angel

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre is available in paperback and hard-cover, as well as the Kindle and Nook.

Purchase The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre from Amazon.