October 28, 2016

Lorre at the Heurich House, Washington DC

Peter Lorre fans in the Washington DC are in for a special Halloween treat on Friday, October 28, 2016 – a showing of Peter’s first sound movie M (1931), followed by a special after-dark tour of the historic Heurich House Museum.

Doors open at 6 pm. M begins at 6:30 pm in the Conservatory. Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets. Come in costume!

Following M, guests will be invited to tour all three floors of the home, from the basement boiler room to the doll collection in the second floor bedrooms. The Heurich House Museum, also known as the Brewmaster’s Castle, was the home of German immigrant Christian Heurich, his wife Amelia, and their children. Christian and Amelia Heurich were spiritualists who regularly attended séances. The Museum staff hopes there will be no “spirit activity” that night!

Guests must be 21 years or older to attend, as alcoholic refreshments will be served.

Admission is $20 for all seats and includes the film, refreshments, and tours of the house. Reservations may be made on-line through the Heurich House website. For more information, please call the Heurich House at 202-429-1894.

The Heurich House Museum is located at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW, one block south of Dupont Circle at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue, 20th Street, and Sunderland Place NW, in Washington, DC.

The museum is easily reached by public transportation, including the Metro system and buses. The museum does not have its own parking, however, several public parking garages are available nearby. More information about public transportation and parking is available on the museum’s website.

The “Heurich Halloween” event is presented in partnership with the Goethe-Institut, located in Washington, DC, at 1990 K Street NW, Suite 03.

October 25, 2016

Spend Halloween Weekend with Lorre

Halloween is the season for horror stories – and what better way to celebrate than with Peter Lorre and movies adapted from Edgar Allan Poe stories and poems?

Lorre fans in Sault Sainte Marie and Detroit, Michigan, will have two opportunities on Saturday, October 29, 2016.

And Peter Lorre films are also scheduled for television this Halloween weekend!

Soo Theatre – Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan ~

In partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Big Read” program, the Soo Film Festival will present Tales of Terror (1962) on a double-bill with Peter’s colleagues Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi in The Raven (1935), at the Soo Theatre, in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.

Tales of Terror will be shown at 3:30 and 8:30 pm. The Raven will be shown at 2 and 7 pm.

Tickets for each showing are $5 for everyone.

Popcorn and soft drinks will be available at the cinema. A drawing will be held for prizes at the venue the day of the show. And save your ticket! It’s good for a discount at the Soo Brewing Company, located at 223 West Portage Avenue, in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.

The Soo Theatre is located at 534 Ashmun Street, in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. For more information, please call the theater at (906) 632-1930.

Parking is available in the parking lot behind the cinema, on Oaka Street in Sault Sainte Marie.

Redford Theatre – Detroit, Michigan ~

In celebration of Halloween, the Redford Theater will host a “Halloween Spooktacular” on Saturday, October 29, with a program of Halloween-themed cartoons and short subjects, some in 3D, followed by Peter Lorre’s 1963 movie The Raven, co-starring Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, and a young Jack Nicholson.

Admission is $5 for everyone. Tickets may be purchased at the box office before the show or on-line through the “Buy Tickets” button on the Raven page. If purchased on-line, a $1 processing fee will be added to the order.

The Redford Theatre is located at 17360 Lahser Road, just north of Grand River Avenue, in Detroit, Michigan.

Parking is available in several lots surrounding the north end of the theatre building. Signs and parking attendants will be on hand to direct cinemagoers to the parking lots.

Can’t make it to a Michigan cinema this weekend? The TV channels GetTV and the MGM HD channel have scheduled Peter Lorre films and a documentary over Halloween weekend.

Saturday, October 29 ~
  • The Face Behind the Mask (1941) – 7:10 am, GetTV

Monday, October 31 ~
  • Peter Lorre: The Master of Menace (1996) – 6 am, GetTV
  • The Raven (1963) – 1:30 pm, MGM HD
  • The Face Behind the Mask (1941) – 4 am, GetTV

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin describes the final years of Peter’s life and the making of the Edgar Allan Poe films at American International Pictures, including interviews with director Roger Corman and Peter’s co-star in five movies, actor Vincent Price.

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

October 15, 2016

Noir City Fest Includes M

On Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, Peter Lorre fans in the Silver Spring, Maryland, area will have the opportunity to catch a special double-bill at the annual “Noir City” film noir festival at the AFI Silver Theatre – the American premiere of the German film Fritz Lang (2016), which explores the making of Lang’s first sound movie M (1931), followed by Peter Lorre in M.

The program, introduced by Noir City host and "The Czar of Noir" Eddie Muller, will begin at 5 pm in the AFI Silver 1 auditorium. Eddie Muller is the author of the book The Art of Noir: The Posters and Graphics from the Classic Era of Film Noir.

Tickets for the double-feature are $13 for general admission, $10 for seniors, $9.50 for 2-star and up AFI members, and $8 for children age 12 and under.

Tickets may be purchased on-line through the AFI Silver Theatre website. Click the button "Select a Film" and search for "Double Feature" for Fritz Lang and M. 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 open 30 minutes before the first film of the day.

The Noir Big Combo Card, good for six admissions to the festival, is available for $60. Purchase the Card on-line through the Gift Shop for pick up at the box-office.

The “Noir City” festival will begin on Saturday, Oct. 15, and run until Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. The complete schedule for the fest is available on the venue’s website.

The AFI Silver Theatre is located at 8633 Colesville Road, at the intersection of Colesville Road and Georgia Avenue, in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Parking is available in several public parking decks close to the cinema. Most convenient is the Wayne Avenue garage, located at 921 Wayne Avenue, in Silver Spring, Maryland. Parking at the Wayne Avenue garage is free on weekends and after 7 pm on weekdays. More information on parking, as well as directions to the AFI Silver, are available on the theater’s website.

For more information, please call the AFI Silver at (301) 495-6700.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005), Stephen D. Youungkin discusses the making of M, including interviews with director Fritz Lang, Peter Lorre’s first wife Celia Lovsky, and his brother Andrew Lorre, who visited the set.

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

October 3, 2016

Brattle Salutes The Maltese Falcon Anniversary

Seventy-five years ago on Oct. 3, 1941, Peter Lorre fans were treated to the release of what became Peter’s first movie at the Warner Bros. studio – The Maltese Falcon (1941). The classic mystery also introduced Peter to Sydney Greenstreet, with whom he would team up for another eight movies at the studio. And to Humphrey Bogart, who became one of Peter’s two closest friends, the other being German playwright Bertolt Brecht, who arrived in Los Angeles in the fall of 1941.

The Brattle Theatre, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will celebrate the 75th anniversary with showings of a 35mm print of The Maltese Falcon on Monday through Thursday, Oct. 3, 4, 5, and 6, 2016.

Show times are 4:30 pm, 7 pm, and 9:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. On Thursday, Oct. 6, the film will be shown at 8:30 pm only.

General admission tickets are $9 for shows starting before 5 pm and $11 for evening shows. Admission for military personnel (with valid ID), students (with valid ID), and Brattle members is $9 for any showing. Admission for children age 12 and under and seniors is $8 for any showing.

Tickets may be purchased on-line through the cinema’s website. From the “Calendar” drop-down menu or the Maltese Falcon webpage, click the “Buy Tickets” button. A nominal fee be added to all on-line purchases.

The Brattle Theatre is located in Brattle Hall, at 40 Brattle Street, a block from Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Also located in the building are the Algiers Café and the Alden and Harlow Restaurant. The cinema’s entrance is on the left side of the building – look for the sidewalk poster case and the marquee.

Parking is available at meters around Harvard Square, as well as nearby parking garages. The Brattle Theatre box office will validate parking tickets at the Charles Square Garage and the University Place Garage.

The Brattle Theatre is well-served by public transportation – both MBTA bus routes and the subway.

More information about parking and public transportation, as well as directions, is available on the Brattle Theatre website.

For more information, please call the cinema at (617) 876-6837.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of The Maltese Falcon through interviews with director John Huston. While the film’s success led to a Warner Bros. contract for Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre continued to be hired by the studio on a picture-by-picture basis. From the fall of 1941 to the spring of 1943, Peter appeared in Arsenic and Old Lace (released in 1944), All Through the Night (1942), and Casablanca (1942).

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