April 20, 2018

Denver Midnight Madness With Lorre

The Maltese Falcon (1941) is on the schedule this weekend – Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, 2018 – in the “Midnight Madness” series of movies at the Esquire Theatre in Denver, Colorado.

The movie will begin at 11:59 pm each night.

Admission is $9.50 for all seats. Tickets may be purchased at the box-office. Tickets may also be purchased on-line through the Esquire’s website. A nominal fee of $1 will be added to each ticket purchased on-line.

The historic Esquire Theatre, now one of the Landmark chain of cinemas, is located at 590 Downing Street, at the corner of Downing Street and East 6th Avenue in the Capitol Hill area of Denver, Colorado.

Parking is available in the lot adjoining the cinema. Parking is also available on the streets after 6 pm. More information, as well as directions to the Esquire, is available on the cinema’s website.

For more information, please contact the theater at 303-733-0148.

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.

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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.

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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.