March 6, 2015

Two Venues Present Casablanca This Week

Peter Lorre fans in the Washington, DC, and Amherst, New York, areas will have an opportunity to catch Casablanca (1942) in theaters this week when the Amherst Screening Room and the AFI Silver present the Humphrey Bogart / Ingrid Bergman classic.

The Amherst Screening Room, in Amherst, New York, will show Casablanca on Friday and Saturday, Mar. 6 and 7, 2015.

The film begins at 7 pm both days.

Admission is $6 for all seats. Tickets may be purchased at the cinema box office.

The Screening Room is located within the Northtown Plaza, in the Northtown Plaza Business Center, at 3131 Sheridan Drive, in Amherst, New York. The Business Center faces N. Bailey Avenue, behind the Arthur Murray Dance Studio.

Parking is available on the N. Bailey side of the building. Directions are available on the Screening Room website.

As part of their series “Leading Ladies of Hollywood’s Golden Age”, the American Film Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland, will salute Ingrid Bergman with a showing of Casablanca from Friday, March 6, to Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

Casablanca will be shown on the following dates and times:
  • Friday, Mar. 6 – 5:15 pm
  • Saturday, Mar. 7 – 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, Mar. 8 – 6:45 pm
  • Monday, Mar. 9 – 12:45 pm
  • Tuesday, Mar. 10 – 12:45 pm
  • Wednesday, Mar. 11 – 6:30 pm
Admission for all matinee shows is $9 for general admission; $7 for children 12 and under; and $8.50 for AFI members Two-Star level and higher. Admission for all evening shows is $12 for general admission; $10 for seniors 65 years and older; $7 for children 12 and under; and $8.50 for AFI members Two-Star level and higher.

AFI Member Passes will be accepted for all movies in the “Leading Ladies of Hollywood's Golden Age” series.

Wednesday, Mar. 11, will be a special showing in conjunction with Montgomery College. Students of MC will be admitted for $6, and MC film professor David Rothman will lead a discussion of Casablanca following the movie.

Tickets may be purchased on-line through the AFI Silver Theatre website. Click the “Buy Tickets” button, then select a show day and time. Tickets purchased on-line must be claimed at the box office with the same credit card used to make the purchase. The AFI Silver accepts American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards.

Tickets may also be purchased at the AFI Silver box office, which opens 30 minutes before the first film of the day.

The “Leading Ladies of Hollywood’s Golden Age” series began on Friday, Feb. 6 and will continue to Thursday, April 16. The full schedule is available on the AFI Silver website.

The AFI Silver Theatre is located at 8633 Colesville Road, at the intersection of Colesville Road and Georgia Avenue, in Silver Spring, Maryland. Directions to the cinema may be found on the AFI Silver website.

Parking is available in several public parking decks close to the theater. Most convenient is the Wayne Avenue garage, located at 921 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. Parking at the Wayne Avenue garage is free on weekends and after 8 pm on weekdays. More information on parking can be found on the AFI Silver website.

In The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen Youngkin chronicles the making of Casablanca, including interviews with screenwriter Julius J. Epstein and actor Dan Seymour. Initially unsure how Peter Lorre would fit into their stable of contract players, Warner Bros. came to a decision after Peter’s performance as Ugarte, the pivotal character who gets the movie’s action going by obtaining a pair of valuable “letters of transit”, and offered the actor a 3-year contract with yearly options.

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

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