January 12, 2019

New Jersey Classic Film Fest Includes Lorre

The annual West Orange Classic Film Festival, held in the New Jersey town of West Orange, where Thomas Edison invented the moving picture camera in 1889, includes two Peter Lorre films in January, 2019.

M (1931) will be shown on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at 2 pm.

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) will be shown the following Sunday, on January 20 at 2 pm.

Each movie in the fest will be followed by a FILMCHAT, a discussion led by film scholars and critics, including Stephen Whitty, Star Ledger movie critic; Gerard Amsellem, Club Cinematheque founder; John Chasse, and Boris Gavrilovic.

Gerard Amsellem will host the FILMCHAT for M.

John Chasse, curator of the Cinema Shorthand Society page on Facebook, will host the FILMCHAT for Arsenic and Old Lace.

Admission is $12 for adults and children, and $9 for members of the West Orange Arts Council. Tickets may be purchased at the cinema box office. Tickets may also be purchased online through Fandango or the AMC Theatre's website.

All movies in the festival will be shown at the AMC Dine-In Theatres Essex Green 9, located in the Essex Green Shopping Center at 495 Prospect Avenue, in West Orange, New Jersey.

The West Orange Classic Film Festival began on Sunday, January 6, 2019, and will run every Sunday until February 24, 2019. The full schedule is available on the West Orange Arts Council website.

For more information, please join the festival’s Facebook page or contact the festival’s eMail address, wofilmsociety@aol.com.

January 8, 2019

Lorre Classic Kicks Off Library Film-Fest

The Greenville Public Library, located in Greenville, Ohio, begins the winter 2019 schedule for the “Third Floor Film Series” with a showing of the Warner Bros. classic comedy Arsenic and Old Lace on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.

The program begins at 6:30 pm. Following the movie, local author David Nilsen will lead a brief discussion. Popcorn, candy, coffee, and soft drinks will be served during the movie.

Admission is free, and everyone is invited.

The Greenville Public Library is located at 5320 Sycamore Street, in Greenville, Ohio. Parking is available on the street in front of the library.

For more information, please call the library at 937-548-3915.

January 4, 2019

Sci-Fi Film Series Includes Lorre

Located in Wendell, Massachusetts, the Wendell Free Library is hosting in 2019 a monthly series of science-fiction, fantasy, and horror movies, and on Saturday, January 5, 2019, the library will feature the Disney classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), co-starring James Mason, Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre, and Paul Lukas.

The program begins at 7:30 pm with “XL5 to H2O”, an episode of the half-hour 1962 TV series Fireball XL5. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea will follow.

The full schedule is available at the library’s website.

Admission is free, and everyone is welcome.

The Wendell Free Library is located at 7 Wendell Depot Road, in Wendell, Massachusetts.

Parking is available in the lot in front of the library.

For more information, please contact the library at 978-544-3559.

January 3, 2019

Lorre Classic On-Screen in El Segundo

Begin the new year of 2019 with Peter Lorre when the Old Town Music Hall presents The Maltese Falcon (1941) the weekend of January 4, 5, and 6, 2019, in El Segundo, California.

The movie will be shown these dates and times ~
  • Friday – 8:15 pm
  • Saturday – 2:30 pm and 8:15 pm
  • Sunday – 2:30 pm
The program will begin with a selection of tunes on the venue’s Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ, an audience sing-along, and a comedy short. The Maltese Falcon will follow a 15-minute intermission.

Admission is $10 for adults and children and $8 for seniors age 62 and older. Tickets may be purchased with cash or check at the box office, which opens 30 minutes before show time. Advance tickets are not available.

The Old Town Music Hall is located at 140 Richmond Street, near the Los Angeles International Airport, in El Segundo, California. Directions to the theater are available on the venue’s website.

Parking is available in the lot beside the Old Town Music Hall.

For more information, please contact the Old Town Music Hall at 310-322-2592.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of The Maltese Falcon, the first film Peter made with Humphrey Bogart and Sydney Greenstreet, his co-stars in several other mystery and wartime dramas at the Warner Bros. studio.

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