August 2, 2014

Casablanca at the Paramount

The annual classic film festival at the Paramount Theatre has been an Austin, Texas, tradition for 39 years, and this weekend, the historic cinema presents two Summer Series favorites – Casablanca (1942) and The Philadelphia Story (1940). The theme – “The 1940s: Rounding Up the Usual Suspects”.

Casablanca will be shown on Saturday, August 2, at 7 pm, with The Philadelphia Story following at 9 pm. On Sunday, August 3, The Philadelphia Story will be shown at 2 pm, with Casablanca following at 4:15 pm. Both films will be presented in 35mm prints.

Ticket prices are $12 for Regular admission, with a $1 preservation fee included; and $7 for Film Fans. Tickets may be purchased at the Paramount box office on the day of the show.

Tickets may also be purchased on-line through the Paramount website. Ticket prices are $12, including a $1 preservation fee.

The Paramount Theatre is located at 712 Congress Avenue, in Austin, Texas. Directions to the cinema re available on the Paramount website.

Parking is available at the One American Center parking garage, located at 600 Congress Avenue, one block from the Paramount. A parking pass may be purchased for $6, cash only, from the parking attendant at the garage entrance. Parking is also available at meters throughout downtown Austin. Meters are free all day Sunday, and after midnight on Saturdays. More information about parking may be found on the Paramount Theatre website.

Built in 1915, the Paramount Theatre has been a fixture on Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The site of the classic cinema was once the location of Sam Houston’s office and the Wear Department of the Republic of Texas, and later, the Avenue Hotel.

No doubt Austin residents have enjoyed other Peter Lorre films at the Paramount throughout its history – including Casablanca on its original run in 1942. . . .

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