October 3, 2011

The Maltese Falcon at the Lark, Oct. 3, 2011

John Huston biographer Jeffrey Meyers will introduce a special showing of The Maltese Falcon at the historic Lark Theater, Monday evening on Oct. 3, 2011, in Larkspur, California. Autographed copies of John Huston: Courage and Art, available from Book Passage Bookstore and Café (Corte Madera, CA), will be on sale in the cinema lobby.

The program begins at 7 pm. For more information, please call (415) 924-5111.

Tickets are $10 for all seats and may be purchased at the box office or in advance by fax. Fax orders are accepted until 9 pm the day before the event; a fax order form may be downloaded from the theater’s website and sent to (415) 924-5459.

Parking is available on the streets near the theater.

The Lark Theater is located at 549 Magnolia Avenue in the Marin County town of Larkspur, California.

Built in 1936, the Lark remained a single-screen cinema in downtown Larkspur before threatened by the wrecking ball after years of closure. In 2004, Bernice Baeza and Heidi Hillenbrand led a group of dedicated volunteers in restoring the Lark to its 1936 glory. The Lark is now on the list of National Register of Historic Places and winner of the Art Deco Society Preservation Award.

In his authorized Lorre biography The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, author Stephen D. Youngkin interviewed director John Huston on the making of The Maltese Falcon in the summer of 1941. Falcon was the first film Peter Lorre made at Warner Brothers. The resulting contract with the studio in 1943 ended Peter’s nomadic existence from studio to studio in the early 1940s – plus a lifelong friendship with Humphrey Bogart and an on-screen 9-film partnership with Sydney Greenstreet.

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