April 17, 2018

Boston Library Circus Movie Series Includes Lorre

The circus has come to the South Boston Public Library!

Circus movies, that is. And included in April’s three-movie series is The Big Circus (1959), Peter Lorre’s second movie with Vincent Price and director Irwin Allen. The film will be shown on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The full schedule is available on the library’s website.

The Big Circus begins at 1 pm.

Admission to the movie is free for everyone.

The South Boston branch of the Boston Public Library system is located at 646 East Broadway, in South Boston, Massachusetts.

Parking is available in the lot adjoining the library. Directions are available on the library’s website.

For more information, please call the library at 617-268-0180.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of The Big Circus, including interviews with actor Vincent Price, director Irwin Allen, and costume designer Paul Zastupnevich, who all discussed Peter’s fascination with clowns and how much he enjoyed playing Skeeter in The Big Circus.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre is available in paperback and hardback, as well as the Kindle and Nook.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre may be purchased from Amazon U.S., Amazon U.K, and Amazon Canada, as well as other booksellers.

April 16, 2018

TCM Film Fest 2018 Includes Lorre

Turner Classic Movies has announced the full schedule for their annual Classic Film Festival, to be held in Hollywood from Thursday, April 26 to Sunday, April 29, 2018 – and Lorre fans attending the event will be treated to showings of Silk Stockings (1957) and The Raven (1963), as well as many special guests.

The Raven – Saturday, April 28 – 9:30 pm.

Silk Stockings – Sunday, April 29 – 3:30 pm.

Both films will be shown at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres Multiplex, located at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, in Hollywood, California. Built in 2001, the Chinese Multiplex is next door to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, home of the handprints and shoeprints of the famous in the theater’s courtyard.

This year’s festival theme is "Powerful Words: The Page On Screen".

The Raven, loosely based on the poem by Poe, will be shown as part of the "Poet's Corner". Sara Karloff, daughter of Boris Karloff, who co-starred with Peter in several movies, including The Raven, will be the special guest.

Silk Stockings is shown as one of the "Essentials". Special guest is Dr. Vanessa Ament, who will be the teacher/facilitator for TCM’s free online course on Hollywood movie musicals this coming summer.

Festival passes are still available in these three categories – Palace, Classic, Essential, and Spotlight – and may be purchased through the festival website.

Individual tickets may also be purchased for $20 for most screenings and events. Students with valid Student ID will receive a 50% discount off all individual tickets.

More information about tickets and passes is available on the festival website.

Venues for the various events include the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX (formerly known as Grauman’s Chinese), The Egyptian Theater, and the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres multiplex – all within an easy walking distance along Hollywood Boulevard.

Parking is available in several lots near Hollywood Boulevard. Most convenient to the Chinese 6 Multiplex is the Hollywood and Highland lot, located at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, with entrances on Highland Avenue and Orange Drive. More information about the Hollywood and Highland lot is available on the parking lot’s website.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of these movies scheduled during the TCM festival, including interviews with many of the actors and crew who worked with Peter throughout his career. The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre is available for the Kindle and Nook, as well as hard-bound and soft-bound editions.

Purchase The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre from Amazon U.S..

Purchase The Lost One from Amazon U.K.

Purchase The Lost One from Amazon Canada.

April 14, 2018

Rancho Mirage Launches Film Series with Lorre Classic

The California city of Rancho Mirage, in partnership with Desert Recreation District, kicks off an outdoor summer film series on Saturday, April 14, 2018, with a showing of Casablanca (1942) on the big screen at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater.

The gates to the Amphitheater will open at 6:30 pm. The movie will begin at sunset.

Admission is free for everyone. Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, food, and beverages. Complimentary popcorn and water will be served.

The “Cinema Under the Stars” film series will run on five consecutive Saturdays, from April 14 to May 12, 2018. The complete schedule is available on the series’ website.

The Rancho Mirage Amphitheater is located in Rancho Mirage Community Park, 71560 San Jacinto Drive, in Rancho Mirage, California.

Parking is available in the lot adjoining the Rancho Mirage Community Park.

For more information, please contact City Hall at 760-324-4511, extension 273.

April 8, 2018

Old-time radio host Greg Bell is famous for saluting actors’ birthdays on his Sirius XM Radio channel Radio Classics. Every year, he celebrates Peter Lorre's birthday the week of June 26 with a "Love for Laszlo" two-hour block of four of Peter's radio shows.

And the week of April 8 to 14, 2018, Peter's co-star Harry Morgan gets the birthday star treatment with four programs – two episodes of Mystery in the Air, "The Black Cat" (Sept. 18, 1947) and "The Marvelous Barastro" (Aug. 7, 1947); followed by two episodes of This Is Your FBI, "Floating Stickup" (Dec. 8, 1950) and "Backstage Shakedown" (Nov. 10, 1950).

The Morgan tribute will air these dates and times –

Sunday, April 8, 2018 ~
5 am Pacific, 8 am Eastern

Tuesday, April 10 ~
7 pm Pacific, 10 pm Eastern

Thursday, April 12 ~
11 pm Pacific

Friday, April 13 ~
2 am Eastern

Satellite radio providers Sirius and XM air Radio Classics over channel 148. Subscribers may also listen to the programs over the internet. Log-in with your User ID and password. Not a subscriber? A free 30-day trial is also available through the Sirius XM radio website.

As "The Voice of Mystery", Harry Morgan acted as narrator on Peter Lorre’s radio series Mystery in the Air, a replacement series for The Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Show in the summer of 1947.

Mystery in the Air presented tales of suspense "culled from the four corners of world literature", adapted from such famous tales as Alexander Pushkin's "The Queen of Spades" and Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat", as well as original radio dramas.

Morgan hosted all 13 episodes, beginning with "The Tell-Tale Heart" on July 3 and continuing to the final program, "Crime and Punishment", adapted from Peter's 1935 Columbia Studios film, on Sept. 25.

In the image above, Morgan (in black suit) stands, looking over Hans Conried's shoulder at his script, with Peter Lorre at the microphone.

On March 14, 1979, author Stephen Youngkin took an interview with Harry Morgan for his Lorre biography, The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, published in September, 2005, through University Press of Kentucky. Morgan recalled working with Lorre on Mystery in the Air, describing the intensity of Peter's performances as he played to the microphone, not the studio audience.

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

Purchase The Lost One through Amazon.

April 7, 2018

Lorre Classic at Hoquiam, WA, Cinema

As part of their “Silver Screen Classics” series of movies, the 7th Street Theater, in Hoquiam, Washington, will present The Maltese Falcon (1941) on Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8, 2018.

The film will begin at 7:30 pm on Saturday and 2 pm on Sunday.

Admission is $6 for all seats. Tickets may be purchased at the box-office, as well as City Drug in Aberdeen or Crown Drug and Harbor Drug in Hoquiam. Tickets may also be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets, linked to the venue’s website. A nominal service fee will be charged for each ticket purchased online. More information about tickets is available on the theater website.

The 7th Street Theater is located at 313 Seventh Street, in Hoquiam, Washington. Directions are available on the cinema's website.

Parking is available on the street in front of the cinema, as well as the surrounding streets.

For more information, please call the theater at 360-537-7400.

The historic 7th Street Theater opened its doors in 1928 as a vaudeville house and movie palace. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the cinema celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2018 with special events, including a birthday party. A special 90th Anniversary t-shirt is also available for sale at the theater for $20. Anyone wearing the t-shirt to a movie in 2018 will receive $1 off the admission price.

The 7th Street Theater began showing classic movies in 2003 and currently hosts two film series. The “Silver Screen Classic” series includes movies, such as The Maltese Falcon, produced at least 50 years ago. The “Classic Film” series includes not-quite-as-vintage movies.

This weekend, Peter Lorre fans in Hoquiam can step inside the 7th Street Theater and back in time – to enjoy The Maltese Falcon as Lorre fans originally did in 1941.

April 5, 2018

Casablanca at Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto, CA

A salute to “Hitchcock and Other Masters of Suspense” kicks off on Friday, April 6, 2018, at the historic Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto, California, and the first weekend’s movies are an Ingrid Bergman double-feature of Casablanca (1942) and Gaslight (1944).

Casablanca will be shown on these dates and times ~
  • Friday, April 6 – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, April 7 – 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, April 8 – 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Gaslight will be shown at 5:25 pm and 9:25 pm all three days.

Before and after the 7:30 show, one of the Stanford’s “Masters of the Mighty Wurlitzer” will play the Wurlitzer theater organ during the intermission.

Admission is $7 for adults, and $5 for youth (18 and under) and seniors (65 and over). Tickets may be purchased at the box office on the day of the show.

The Stanford Theatre is located at 221 University Avenue in Palo Alto, California. Look for the cinema’s large neon marquee – a landmark along University Avenue in the downtown area.

Parking is available at meters along the street in front of the cinema, as well as two parking garages within two blocks of the Stanford. The Bryant / Lytton Parking Garage is located at 445 Bryant Avenue, one block north of University Avenue. The High Street Parking Garage is located at 528 High Street, one block south of University Avenue.

For more information, please call the Stanford Theatre at 650-324-3700.

“Hitchcock and Other Masters of Suspense” will run from Friday, April 6, to Sunday, June 10, 2018. The complete schedule is available on the Stanford Theatre website.

Florida Church Ends Classic Film Series with Lorre

On Thursday, April 5, 2018, the Paramount Church, located in Palm Beach, Florida, ends its annual classic movie series for the 2017-2018 season with My Favorite Brunette (1947), starring Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, and Peter Lorre.

The program begins at 6:30 pm, with entertainment featuring Beatriz Loo, Christian recording artist.

The event is free, and everyone is invited. After the movie, refreshments will be served in the church fellowship hall. Donations are appreciated to cover the cost of refreshments, as well as licensing the film.

The Paramount Church is located at 139 North County Road #31, at the corner of North County Road and Sunrise Avenue, in Palm Beach, Florida.

Parking is available in the lot adjoining the church. The entrance to the parking lot is on Sunset Avenue. Parking is also available along the street in front of the church. Directions are available on the church’s website.

The Paramount Church is located in what was once the Paramount Theatre, which opened in 1927 as one of the grandest movie palaces in Palm Beach, Florida, including 26 private boxes in the balcony and floor-to-ceiling murals of fish swimming through seaweed. In 1974, the Paramount Theatre was designated as an historic place, and in 1982, a Town Landmark.

The movies ended in 1980. In 1985 the theater was renovated as office space. The Paramount Church now occupies the area that was once the stage, orchestra pit, and screen.

The church’s classic movie series begins every December and runs the first Thursday of every month until the beginning of May. Films in the series are preceded by a presentation of a scene from the movie, a sing-a-long, a concert, or an historical perspective of the movie.

For more information, please contact the Paramount Church at 561-835-0200.

March 29, 2018

Hitchcock Fest Includes Lorre

A showing of The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), Peter Lorre’s first role in an English-speaking film, kicks off TRYLON’s annual Minneapolis Hitchcock Festival on Thursday, March 29, 2018, in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, area.

The Hitchcock festival will be shown every Thursday night from March 29 to May 21, 2018. Participating cinemas include the Heights Theater in Columbia Heights, Minnesota, and the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis. The complete schedule is available on the TRYLON website.

The Man Who Knew Too Much will be shown in a 35mm print, courtesy of the Library of Congress, at the Heights Theater. The program begins at 7:30 pm.

Admission is $10 for all seats. Tickets may be purchased at the Heights box-office. Tickets may also be purchased through the Heights website.

The Heights Theatre is located at 3951 Central Avenue NE, at the corner of Central Avenue NE and Gould Avenue NE, in Columbia Heights, Minnesota.

Parking is available in the lot behind and beside the cinema. More information on parking, as well as directions to the cinema, is available on the venue’s website.

For more information, please contact the Heights Theater at 763-788-0979.

March 17, 2018

Casablanca at the AFI Silver Theatre

Lorre fans in the Silver Spring, Maryland, area will have two opportunities in March 2018 to catch Casablanca at the AFI Silver Theatre, in Silver Spring, Maryland.

On Saturday, March 17, Margaret Talbot, daughter of Warner Bros. actor Lyle Talbot, will moderate a panel of authors Alan K. Rode, Meredith Hindley, and Noah Isenberg and a discussion of Casablanca, following a showing of the 1942 movie.

Rode’s book Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film, Hindley’s Destination Casablanca: Exile, Espionage, and the Battle for North Africa in World Wear II, and Isenberg’s We’ll Always Have Casablanca will all be available for purchase and autographs.

The program will begin at 2 pm.

Tickets for the event are $15 General Admission and $13 for AFI members. Tickets may be purchased at the box office or through the AFI Silver website.

Casablanca will also be shown on Tuesday, March 20, and Thursday, March 22, as part of the AFI Silver series “Directed by Michael Curtiz”. Alan Rode will introduce Casablanca, as well some of the other movies in the series.

Both showings of Casablanca will begin at 7:20 pm.

Admission is $13 General Admission, $10 for seniors, $8 for children, and $9.50 for AFI Members, 2 star and up. Tickets may be purchased at the box-office, as well as through the venue’s website.

The series “Directed by Michael Curtiz” will run from Saturday, March 17, to Sunday, March 25. The complete 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.

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, Maryland. Parking at the Wayne Avenue garage is free on weekends and after 8 pm on weekdays.

Directions to the cinema, as well as information about parking and public transportation, may be found on the AFI Silver website.

February 18, 2018

Spring into Spring With Lorre on TV

Winter becomes spring, and Peter's fans can enjoy many Lorre films on television and Turner Classic Movies.

All times shown are Eastern Standard.

Peter Lorre's page on the TV Guide Channel website lists the Lorre films scheduled on various television channels over a 2-week period.



February, 2018

Throughout February and into March, the Turner Classic Movies channel holds its annual “30 Days of Oscar” festival – with several Lorre Oscar winners and nominees included.

Feb 21 (Wed), 7:30 am, Antenna TV channel – The Jack Benny Program (originally broadcast over CBS, Jan. 22, 1963). Jack welcomes guest Peter Lorre and recounts the nightmare he had involving Peter as a wanted killer.

Feb. 26 (Sun), 8 am, Turner Classic Movies channel – The Maltese Falcon (1941). Today’s daytime theme on TCM is “Best Picture Nominees”, including Peter Lorre’s first movie for Warner Bros. – and his first movie with Humphrey Bogart and Sydney Greenstreet.

Feb. 27 (Tues), 2:45 am, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956). “30 Days of Oscar” continues with “Best Picture Winners”. Peter Lorre is one of many cameos in this all-star extravaganza about the Victorian London gentleman (David Niven) who bets he can circle the globe in 80 days.



March, 2018

The “30 Days of Oscar” festival concludes on March 3, but March has plenty of other Lorre movies.

Mar. 1 (Thurs), 4:15 am, TCM – Casablanca (1943). March begins in the “30 Days of Oscar” fest with more “Best Picture Winners” – and the role that won Peter Lorre a contract with the Warner Bros. studio.

Mar. 10 (Sat), 12 midnight, TCM – Stranger on the Third Floor (1940). TCM's "Noir Alley" moves to Saturday nights at midnight (EST), 9 pm (PST), and tonight, host Eddie Muller presents the movie considered by many to be the first true noir film.

Mar. 11 (Sun), 10 am, TCM – Stranger on the Third Floor (1940). Missed the midnight showing of the "Noir Alley" feature? Fear not! The "Czar of Noir" Eddie Muller presents an encore showing of Peter as "the Stranger".

Mar. 12 (Mon), 2:45 pm, TCM – Mad Love (1935). The daytime theme is "30s Horror", including Peter Lorre”s first American movie.

Mar. 19 (Mon), 10:45 pm, TCM – Strange Cargo (1940). The daytime theme is "Prison Escapes". Peter Lorre plays Monsieur Cochon ("The Pig"), who earns a living in the French penal colony of Guiana by reporting escaped convicts (such as Clark Gable's Verne) to the authorities.

Mar. 20 (Tues), 1:30 am, MeTV – Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "Man From the South" (CBS, Mar. 13, 1960)

Mar. 22 (Thurs), 2 am, TCM – Casablanca (1942). A week of "Great Movie Endings" continues with a night of movies with "Famous Last Words".



April, 2018

April brings several Lorre movies infrequently shown on TCM.

Apr. 12 (Thurs), 10 pm, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956). Every Thursday in April, the TCM primetime theme is "The Victorian Era in Film", and tonight's sub-theme is "Victorian Science and Exploration".

Apr. 18 (Wed), 6 pm, TCM – Passage to Marseille (1944). Every Wednesday in April, TCM turns the spotlight on director Michael Curtiz, including the wartime film that paired Peter Lorre with Humphrey Bogart for a final time at Warner Bros.

Apr. 18 (Wed), 8 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). The Curtiz Spotlight continues with the movie that won Peter a contract with Warner Bros.

Apr. 19 (Thurs), 6 am, TCM – Muscle Beach Party (1963). The daytime theme is "Swinging '60s", as TCM includes one of Peter's final films – the movie that was in release as newspapers ran stories of Peter's passing and funeral.



Many of these and other Lorre movies are now available on DVD and Blu-Ray – many remastered and packaged with extra features. For more information on the films of Peter Lorre released to home video, head on over to the DVD – VHS section of The Lost One website.

In The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of Peter’s movies, including interviews with many of the directors, writers, actors, and crew who worked with Peter.

A complete list of Peter’s movies and television credits is available in the book’s Appendix.

Purchase The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre from Amazon.

Happy viewing!

February 16, 2018

Lorre Film Kicks off Seattle Noir Fest

Hosted by the “Czar of Noir” Eddie Muller, the annual Noir City festival of film noir movies will kick off with a showing of The Maltese Falcon (1941) on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at the SIFF Cinema Egyptian in Seattle, Washington.

The program begins at 6:30 pm with live music by the Casey MacGill Trio and a cider tasting, courtesy of Capitol Cider. Attendees are encouraged to dress in 1940s era and test their Noir knowledge with “Shadow Play”, the game of noir trivia.

The Maltese Falcon will begin at 7 pm. A second showing of the movie is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 19, at 12:30 pm at the Egyptian.

Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, and $10 for SIFF members. Passes for the entire festival are also available for $150 for adults and $100 for SIFF members.

Tickets may be purchased at the Egyptian box office, which opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day, or by calling 206-324-9996, Monday through Friday, between 10 am and 5 pm. Tickets may also be purchased on-line through the SIFF website. SIFF members must log-in first to get their discount. A nominal service fee will be added to all tickets purchased on-line.

The SIFF Cinema Egyptian is located at 805 E. Pine Street, between Harvard Avenue and Broadway Street, in Seattle, Washington.

Parking is available in the Seattle Central College Harvard Parking Garage, located across the street from the Egyptian at 1609 Harvard Avenue, in Seattle.

The Egyptian is also served by public transportation. More information on bus lines, as well as parking, is available on the venue’s website.

Noir City 2018 will run from Friday, Feb. 16, to Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. The complete schedule is available on the SIFF website.

And in addition to hosting Seattle’s Noir City fest, Eddie Muller appears on SIFFcast’s 100th episode, discussing with Siffcast host Jeremy Cropf the 18 classic movies on this year’s schedule. The podcast is available on the SIFF website.

February 10, 2018

Lorre Lovers, Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Peter

Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, falls on a Wednesday in 2018 – and many cinemas across the United States will show Casablanca (1942), considered by many film fans as one of the most romantic movies in cinema history.

And although limited to only a few scenes – in the pivotal role of Ugarte, the black market dealer in exit visas – Peter Lorre is always a treat to watch in a movie theater, include these ~
  • Old Town Music Hall – El Segundo, California
  • Redford Theatre – Detroit, Michigan
  • Amherst Screening Room – Amherst, New York
  • Movie Tavern chain – various US states
  • Brattle Theatre – Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Skylight Cinema – Bentonville, Arkansas



Old Town Music Hall ~ The Old Town Music Hall, in El Segundo, California, will present Casablanca on the following dates and times ~
  • Feb. 9, Friday – 8:15 pm
  • Feb. 10, Saturday – 2:30 pm and 8:15 pm
  • Feb. 11, Sunday – 2:30 pm
It’s a step back in time at this cinema, where every program begins with music on the mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ, an audience sing-along, and a comedy short. After a 15-minute intermission, the main feature will begin.

Admission is $10 for adults, and $8 for seniors age 62 and over. Tickets may be purchased at the cinema’s box office 30 minutes before each show time. Tickets are not available on-line.

The Old Town Music Hall is located at 140 Richmond Street, in El Segundo, California. For more information, please call the cinema at 310-322-2592.



Redford Theatre ~ The Redford Theatre, in Detroit, Michigan, will show a 35mm film print of Casablanca on the following dates and times ~
  • Feb. 9, Friday – 8 pm
  • Feb. 10, Saturday – 2 pm and 8 pm
For 30 minutes before each show, the Barton organ will be played, followed by a 15-minute intermission.

Admission is $5 for everyone. Tickets may be purchased at the box office an hour before the movie begins. Tickets may also be purchased on-line through the venue's website. A nominal processing fee will be added for all tickets purchased on-line.

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



Amherst Screening Room ~ The Amherst Screening Room, in Amherst, New York, will show Casablanca throughout the Valentine’s Day holiday ~
  • Feb. 10, Saturday – 7:30 pm
  • Feb. 11, Sunday – 6 pm
  • Feb. 13, Tuesday – 7:30 pm
  • Feb. 14, Wednesday – 7:30 pm
  • Feb. 16, Friday – 7:30 pm
  • Feb. 17, Saturday – 7:30 pm
On Valentine’s Day, Casablanca will be shown on a double-feature with The Princess Bride (1987). Admission for Casablanca only is $7, and $10 for both films. Admission is $6 for all other showings of Casablanca.

The Amherst Screening Room is located at 880 Alberta Drive, in Suite 207 of the Boulevard Mall, in Amherst, New York. For more information, please call the theater at 716-837-0376.



Movie Tavern ~ Many cinemas in the Movie Tavern chain will present Casablanca on Sunday, Feb. 11 and Wednesday, Feb. 14, as part of their “Flashback Cinema” series.

Dates and times vary by participating cinema, with some cinemas showing Casablanca on Valentine’s Day only.

Cinemas in the Movie Tavern chain are located in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia.

Ticket prices vary by theater.



Brattle Theatre ~ The Brattle Theatre, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, continues its popular Valentine’s Day tradition of Casablanca screenings with a 35mm print of the movie ~
  • Feb. 13, Tuesday – 4 pm available only; 7 pm show is sold out
  • Feb. 14, Wednesday – 4 pm available only; 7 pm show is sold out
Tickets for the 4 pm matinee showing are $9 for adults, students, and members of the Brattle; $8 for seniors age 65 and older, as well as children under age 12. Special Premium tickets are also available for $20 and include seating in a reserved section and unlimited popcorn and soda. Tickets may be purchased at the box-office, as well as on-line through the Brattle website.

The Brattle Theatre is located at 40 Brattle Street, in Brattle Hall, one block from Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For more information, please call the Brattle at 617-876-6837.



Skylight Cinema ~ Lorre fans attending Casablanca at the Skylight Cinema, in Bentonville, Arkansas, can enjoy reserved seating in rocker or reclining seats, as the theater presents the film as a Valentine treat at 6:30 pm and 9:05 pm.

Admission is $11 for adults, and $8 for children ages 2 to 12, seniors age 60 and older, and military personnel. Tickets may be purchased at the box office, as well as on-line through the cinema website. Seats are selected and reserved when tickets are purchased.

The Skylight Cinema is located at 350 SW A Street, in Bentonville, Arkansas. For more information, please call the theater at 479-367-7629.



Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 6, 2018

Buffalo Film Seminars Includes Casablanca

As part of the Buffalo Film Seminars series, Casablanca (1942) will be shown at the Dipson Amherst Theatre in Buffalo, New York, on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018.

Presented by the University at Buffalo, the program will begin at 7 pm with an introduction by Diane Christian and Bruce Jackson, who also lead a discussion with the audience following the movie and a brief break.

Handouts with production details, anecdotes, and critical comments about each week's film are available on goldenrod paper in the theater lobby 45 minutes before each session. The Goldenrod handouts, including the handout for Casablanca, are also available online.

The complete schedule for the 2018 seminar is available on-line.

Tickets are $9.50 for adults, $7.25 for seniors, and $8 for students, military, and children. Although the film seminar is primarily for students in the University at Buffalo film class, all are welcome to attend and participate in the discussion.

Tickets may be purchased at the cinema’s box office. Tickets may also be purchased on-line through the venue’s website. A nominal fee of $1 will be added for each ticket purchased on-line. Season tickets for the seminar are also available.

The Dipson Amherst Theatre is located at 3500 Main Street, in the Tops University Plaza, in Buffalo, New York. Directions may be found on the cinema’s website.

Ample parking is available near the theater in the Tops University Plaza.

January 25, 2018

San Diego Film Geeks Include Lorre in Film Series

On Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, Film Geeks SD kick off their year-long film series “Noir on the Boulevard” with a showing of The Maltese Falcon (1941) at the Digital Gym Cinema in San Diego, California.

The program will begin at 1 pm, hosted by Beth Accomando, Arts and Culture reporter for San Diego's KPBS News.

Tickets are $11 general admission, $8.50 for students and seniors, and $7.50 for Digital Gym Cinema members. Tickets may be purchased at the box office or on-line through the venue’s website. Tickets may also be ordered over the telephone by calling 619-230-1938.

The Digital Gym Cinema is located at 2921 El Cajon Boulevard, on the corner of 30th Street and El Cajon Boulevard off the 805 Freeway, in the North Park area of San Diego, California.

Parking is available at meters along El Cajon Boulevard. Street parking is available on Kansas and 30th streets.

From January to December, 2018, the Film Geeks SD’s “Noir on the Boulevard” series will include 19 classic noir and neo-noir movies, adapted from novels or screenplays written by acclaimed novelists.

In addition to the noir film series, a Noir Book of the Month Club will also launch, with the KPBS Cinema Junkie introducing readers to the books that inspired the movies. D.A. Kolodenko begins the blog series with a discussion of The Maltese Falcon novel and movie.

The complete film schedule is available on the Digital Gym Cinema website.

For more information, please the venue at 619-230-1938.

January 12, 2018

Arsenic and Old Lace at Illinois Cinema

The Virginia Theatre, located in Champaign, Illinois, continues its News-Gazette Film Series with Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.

The film will be shown at 1 pm and 7 pm. Before the 7 pm show, the cinema’s organist David Schroeder will play the Wurlitzer Pipe Organ and lead the audience in a short sing-along, with the lyrics shown on historic glass slides projected onto the screen.

Tickets are $6 for all seats. Tickets may be purchased at the Virginia Theatre box-office. Tickets may also be purchased on-line through the venue’s website. A nominal processing fee of $1 will be added to each set of tickets purchased on-line.

The historic Virginia Theatre, opened in 1921, is located at 203 West Park Avenue, in the Champaign Park area of Champaign, Illinois.

Metered parking is available on the streets near the cinema. Parking is also available at the Hill Street Parking Deck, located at 125 at West Hill Street, in Champaign, Illinois. More information about parking is available on the venue’s website.

For more information, please call the Virginia Theatre at 217-356-9063.

January 5, 2018

Casablanca Included in Michael Curtiz Fest at UCLA

On Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, the UCLA Film and Television Archive, in association with the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program, will kick off a salute to director Michael Curtiz with a showing of one of his most famous movies, Casablanca (1942), on a double-bill with Kid Galahad (1937) in the Billy Wilder Theater.

Film noir expert Alan K. Rode will curate the series and introduce each film. Mr. Rode will also sign copies of his new book Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film (University Press of Kentucky, 2017) before and between each screening, with the exception of Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018.

The program begins at 6:30 pm with the book-signing. Casablanca will be shown at 7:30 pm, with Kid Galahad (1937) to follow.

The festival will run from Friday, Jan. 5 to Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018. The complete schedule is available on the UCLA Film and Television Archive website.

Tickets for the Casablanca / Kid Galahad double-feature are $9 general admission and $8 for non-UCLA students, seniors, and UCLA Alumni Association members. ID is required for students and Alumni Association members. Current UCLA students with ID are eligible for one free ticket to any Archive show.

General admission tickets may also be purchased on-line through the Festival website for $10 each. Tickets may be called for at the Billy Wilder Theater box office, which opens one hour before the first show.

The Billy Wilder Theater is located at the Courtyard Level of the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, at the intersection of Wilshire and Westwood boulevards in the Westwood Village area of Los Angeles, California.

For more information, please call the theater at 310-206-8013.

Parking is available in the lot under the Billy Wilder Theater. Enter the lot from Westwood Boulevard, just north of Wilshire Boulevard. Parking for the disabled is provided on levels P1 and P3. On Saturdays and Sundays, the fee is a flat rate of $3.

The venue is also well-served by public transportation.

More information about parking and public transportation, as well as directions, may be found on the venue’s website.

Casablanca was the first of two movies in which Peter Lorre worked with Michael Curtiz. In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (University Press of Kentucky, 2005), Stephen Youngkin describes a story Peter told to a Humphrey Bogart biographer about the time Peter and Bogie “blackmailed” Michael Curtiz into a sense of humor.

The film was Passage to Marseille (1944), and the two pranksters began telling long stories – and if Curtiz did not laugh, they deliberate fluffed their lines. Peter reported it took the director a couple days to figure out that if he laughed, he got the scene in one take.

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

January 4, 2018

Conspirators at the Normal Theater

The historic Normal Theater, located in Normal, Illinois, turns the spotlight on actress Hedy Lamarr with the documentary Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017), Ziegfeld Girl (1941), and the only movie in which she co-starred with Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet – the Warner Bros. spy drama The Conspirators (1944).

The Conspirators will be shown at 7 pm on Thursday, Jan. 4, and Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018.

Ticket prices are $7 for general admission and $5 for children age 13 and under, as well as students. Tickets may be purchased at the Normal Theater box office, which opens 30 minutes before the start of the show. Tickets may also be purchased on-line through the venue’s website.

The Normal Theater is located at 209 W. North Street, in the Uptown Normal area of Normal, Illinois.

Parking is available at several lots and garages near the theater, as well as on the streets near the Normal. Most convenient is the parking garage located at 122 W. Beaufort Street. After 6 pm every night and all day Sunday, parking is free. More information about parking, as well as directions to the theater, is available on the cinema’s website.

For more information, please contact the Normal Theater at 309-454-9720.

The Conspirators was the sixth of nine movies Peter Lorre made with Sydney Greenstreet. Their working relationship is chronicled in Stephen Youngkin’s Book The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005). Although they rarely socialized away from the studio, they had great respect for each other’s talents – and in addition to their nine movies, also appeared together several times on radio. A complete list of Peter’s radio credits is included in the book’s Appendix.

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