July 27, 2012

Stars Overhead – Lorre On-Screen

In this summer of 2012, several cities across the United States are offering outdoor showings of classic Hollywood movies. Here are just a few with Peter Lorre films on the schedule.
  • Syracuse, New York
  • San Diego, California
  • Albany, Oregon

Syracuse, New York:

The Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY, will present their annual “Film Under the Stars” summer series in partnership with On-Center and the Urban Video Project. On the schedule this season are Casablanca (1942) and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954).

Friday, July 27, 2012, is “Date Night”, with Casablanca beginning at 8:30 pm.

Friday, Aug. 10 is “Sci-Fi Cult Classics Night”, with 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea beginning at 8:30 pm.

All films are shown in the outdoor plaza. Admission is free, and the public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets, as well as food and beverages to enjoy during the screening.

In case of rain, the start time will be delayed one hour. However, should the event be rained out entirely that night, the movie will be shown the following day at the same time. Any notice of rescheduling will be posted on the Everson Museum home page.

For more information, please call the museum at (301) 474-6064.

The Everson Museum of art is located at 401 Harrison Street, in Syracuse, NY. Free parking is available at the open lot on the corner of Harrison and State streets, directly across from the Museum.

San Diego, California:

Beat the Devil, Peter Lorre’s final movie with on- and off-screen pal Humphrey Bogart, will be shown on Saturday, July 28, as part of the San Diego Museum of Art’s annual “Screen on the Green” series.

The movie is presented in conjunction with The Invention of Glory, a display of the Pastrana Tapestries from now until Sept. 9, 2012. According to the Museum, the tapestries “depict European traveling to Africa to conquer lands and control resources” – though not in the comic fashion of the movie’s gallery of rogues.

All films will be shown on the Museum’s East Lawn, in the heart of Balboa Park, beginning at sundown, approximately 8 pm. Admission is free, and moviegoers are invited to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets to the screenings.

The San Diego Museum of Art is located in the heart of Balboa Park in San Diego, CA, at 1450 El Prado. Parking is available throughout the park, and the closest lot is the Plaza de Panama, located next to the Museum. Valet parking is also offered in front of the House of Hospitality in the Plaza de Panama.

The Museum’s website includes directions to SDMA, as well as more information on parking in the area. For more information, please call (619) 232-7931.

Albany, Oregon:

On Friday, Aug. 3, the Albany Downtown Association will present My Favorite Brunette (1947) as part of their annual “Movies by Moonlight” series.

Admission is free, and the program begins with seating at 7 pm, followed at dusk by a classic cartoon and an episode of a Superman serial preceding the main feature. Popcorn, ice cream, water, and sodas will be available for purchase.

All movies are shown in the parking lot behind Cappie’s Brewhouse and projected against the back wall of the Eagles Club next door. Cappie’s is located at 211 First Avenue West, in Albany, Oregon.

Pizza King, the Pix Theatre, Cappie’s, and Pacific Power jointly sponsor the “Movies by Moonlight” series. For more information, please call (541) 928-2469.

In the pages of the authorized Lorre biography, The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, author Stephen Youngkin recounts Peter’s experiences working on all these movies, including interviews with directors John Huston and Richard Fleischer, screenwriter Julius J. Epstein, and more. The Lost One is now available in paperback, as well as hard-bound and the Kindle and Nook.

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