August 25, 2012

The Maltese Falcon at Midnight in Seattle

Night-owl Peter Lorre fans in the Seattle, Washington, area can flock to a midnight screening of The Maltese Falcon at the Egyptian Theatre this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24 and 25, 2012.

Long known for its midnight movies, the Egyptian has included The Maltese Falcon on the schedule this season, July 20 through Sept. 1.

Tickets are $8.25 for adults, $8 for children and senior citizens at the midnight show. Tickets may be purchased at the box-office or on-line through the Landmark website; click the button “Buy Advance Tickets OnLine”. If purchased on-line, a $1 service fee will be charged for each ticket.

The Egyptian is located at 805 East Pine Street, in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle. Originally built in 1915, the cinema has been part of the Landmark Theatres chain since 1989.

Parking is available on the streets around the cinema, as well as the garage at the Seattle Central Community College, located at 1609 Harvard Avenue. More information about parking at the college and fees can be found on the school’s website.

For more information, please call (206) 720-4560.

August 17, 2012

Lorre Films to be Shown at Chicago Film Noir Fest

Peter Lorre fans attending the 4th annual Noir City film noir festival at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre this week will have the opportunity to enjoy the recently-preserved print of Three Strangers (1946), as well as The Face Behind the Mask (1941) and Black Angel (1946).

Friday, Aug. 17, the schedule salutes Peter, with Three Strangers at 7:30 pm and The Face Behind the Mask at 9:30 pm.

Saturday, Aug. 18, puts the spotlight on film versions of Cornell Woolrich’s novels with Black Angel at 3:30 and 9:30 pm, as well as Phantom Lady (1944) and The Window (1949).

Each movie will be introduced by noir experts Alan K. Rode and Foster Hirsch, who will also lead post-film discussions during the festival.

The festival runs from Friday, Aug. 17, to Thursday, Aug. 23. The full schedule can be found on the Music Box Theatre’s website.

The Festival Pass, with admission to all movies in Noir City, is available for $50. Single Feature tickets are $10. Double Feature tickets, allowing admission to any two films at the festival, are $12. All tickets may be purchased at the box-office or on-line through the Music Box website. If purchased on-line, tickets may be held for pick-up at the box-office or printed at home; a Ticketing Operation Fee of $1.25 will be charged. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are accepted.

The Music Box Theatre is located at 3373 N. Southport Avenue, in Chicago, Illinois. Directions, as well as public transportation options, may be found on the cinema’s website.

Parking is available at Blaine Elementary School, located at 1420 W. Grace Street in Chicago. The lot costs $10 and requires credit cards or exact change. The lot closes at 2 am.

The Music Box also has a valet relationship with Black and White Valet Services. Thursday through Saturday nights, and for special events, valet service is available at the Blue Bayou restaurant, across the street from the cinema. The cost is $10 to $15. The valet closes at 2 am.

Street parking near the cinema is also available both meters and free. More information about parking can be found on the Music Box website.

For more information, please call the theater office at (773) 871-6607. For show times, please call (773) 871-6604.

Film Noir Foundation went to its own expense in producing a preserved 35mm print of Three Strangers to be shown at Noir City festivals across the U.S. Afterwards, the film and television archive at UCLA will accept the print as part of their Film Noir Foundation collection.

Until then, Lorre fans will have the opportunity to enjoy Peter on the big screen in one of his most sympathetic and romantic roles.