July 21, 2016

Lorre Film Opens Noir Fest in Seattle

The Peter Lorre classic Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) opens the week-long annual event "Noir City" film noir festival at the SIFF Cinema Egyptian Theatre in Seattle, Washington, on Friday, July 23, 2016.

The theme this year is "Film Noir from A to B", and each night, a double-feature will be presented in the style of moviegoing of the 1940s – an "A" picture, high-budget movie with a top-drawer cast, and a "B" picture, made on low budget with a talented but less-expensive cast.

On Friday, July 23, the “A” feature I Wake Up Screaming (1941) will begin the program at 7 pm, followed by the “B” feature Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) at 9 pm.

Eddie Muller, the “Czar of Noir”, will present each movie, which will be shown on 35mm film.

The festival runs from Friday, July 23, to Thursday, July 28. The full schedule is available on the venue’s website.

Ticket prices for this special engagement are $15 per film, $14 for seniors and youth, and $10 for SIFF members. Passes for the festival are also available at $150 for non-members and $100 for SIFF members. Tickets may be purchased at the box office, which opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day. Tickets may also be purchased on-line through the SIFF Cinema Egyptian website. Click the “Buy” button to be taken to the purchase screen. A fee of $1.25 will be added to all on-line purchases. Festival passes may be purchased on-line through the Passes page.

The SIFF Cinema Egyptian Theatre is located at 805 East Pine Street in the Capitol Hill section of Seattle, Washington.

Parking is available in the parking garage at Seattle Central College, located at 1609 Harvard Avenue in Seattle. The parking garage is located across the street from the Egyptian. The cinema is also served by Metro buses. More information on parking, as well as public transport to the Egyptian, is available on the venue’s website.

For more information, please call the Egyptian at 206-324-9996.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005), Stephen D. Youngkin recounts the making of Stranger on the Third Floor, including an interview with the movie’s female lead Margaret Tallichet, who recalled Peter Lorre’s penchant for enjoying a midnight snack of beer and smelly cheese during the film’s night shoots.

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

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