August 19, 2013

Strand Theatre Screens Casablanca August 24

Casablanca (1942) represents the 1940s when the historic Strand Theatre in Rockland, Maine, celebrates 90 years with a nine-movie film festival, August 17 to September 22, 2013.

Each of the nine movies will represent a decade the Strand has been in operation, beginning with the 1923 silent classic Safety Last. The full schedule may be found on the Strand’s website.

Casablanca will be shown on Saturday, August 24, at 3 pm. Most movies shown at the Strand in the traditional format – 35mm film with side-by-side projectors, attended by a projectionist in the booth.

Admission is $7.50 for all seats. Tickets may be purchased at the box office 30 minutes prior to each screening. For more information, please call the Strand at (207) 594-0070.

The Strand Theatre is located at 345 Main Street, in Rockland, Maine.

Parking is available close to the cinema in the free Tillson Avenue / Winter Street public lot. Parking is also available on the streets near the Strand, however, street parking is limited to 2 hours before 6 pm.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen Youngkin discusses the making of Casablanca with screenwriter Julius J. Epstein and actor Dan Seymour, who played Abdul the doorman at Rick’s Café Americain.

The pivotal role of Ugarte, who initiates the movie’s action by leaving with Rick (Humphrey Bogart) a pair of letters of transit he plans to sell to freedom fighter Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), was one to which Peter attached little importance. Between takes, Peter played the “gambling room” set’s roulette wheel – and declared he won more money there than he earned while working on the film.

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

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