January 27, 2019

Historic Cinema Screens Lorre Classic

Peter Lorre fans in the area of Baltimore, Maryland, have a treat in store as The Maltese Falcon continues through the end of January 2019 at the historic Senator Theatre’s “Revivals” series, shown in the main auditorium originally built in 1939 and restored in 2013.

Dates and times include ~
  • Wednesday, Jan. 23 – 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, Jan. 27 – 10 am
  • Monday, Jan. 28 – 1 pm
  • Tuesday, Jan. 29 – 9:30 pm
Admission for films in the “Revivals” series is $10 for general admission after 6 pm; $9 for seniors, students, and children after 6 pm; $7 for Early Bird (shows before 11 am) and Matinee (shows between noon and 2:30 pm) showings for everyone.

Tickets may be purchased at the Senator box-office, which opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day. Tickets may also be purchased on-line through the cinema’s website.

The Senator Theatre is located at 5904 York Road in Baltimore, Maryland.

Parking is available at the Belvedere Square Market, located across the street from the Senator and an excellent option for lunch or dinner before or after the movie. More information about parking, as well as directions to the Senator, is available on the cinema’s website.

For more information, please call the cinema at 410-323-4424.

The full schedule for the "Revivals" is available on the Senator's website.

January 20, 2019

Valentine’s Day with Lorre at the Brattle Theatre

Planning a romantic evening with your Lorre lover over Valentine’s Day? The Brattle Theatre is now selling tickets for their February double-feature of Casablanca (1942) and The Princess Bride (1987) to be shown Wednesday, Feb. 13, and Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.

Casablanca will be shown at 4 pm and 7 pm both days. The Princess Bride will be shown at 10 pm both days.

General admission tickets for Casablanca are $9.50 for shows starting before 5 pm and $11.50 for the evening shows. Admission for students (with valid ID) is $9.50 for any showing. Admission for children (age 12 and under) and seniors is $8.50 for any showing. Admission for Brattle members is $9.50 for any showing.

Want to make it extra special? Consider one of these specially-priced tickets ~
  • Premium Ticket ~ $25 per person – Includes seating in a reserved section and unlimited popcorn and soda.
  • Deluxe Seating ~ $100 per couple – Nestle with your significant other in a wicker booth from the Casablanca restaurant and enjoy unlimited concessions, a bottle of champagne, and table service from a Brattle staff person during the movie.
The Deluxe Seating is available during the 4 pm screening only and must be reserved by eMail – jessie@brattlefilm.org.

Tickets for the Brattle’s Valentine special sell out quickly and may be purchased on-line through the venue’s website, as well as at the box-office.

The Brattle Theatre is located in Brattle Hall, at 40 Brattle Street, a block from Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 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.

Boston Sci-Fi Film Fest Includes Lorre

Now in its 44th year, the annual Boston SciFi Film Festival is the longest running genre fest in the United States, and this year, the Disney classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) is among the many movies on the 11-day schedule, beginning Friday, Feb. 8, and ending Monday, Feb. 18, 2019.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea will be shown in 35mm on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, at the historic Somerville Theatre. The program begins at 7 pm.

The full schedule is available on the film festival’s website.

Tickets may be purchased for individual movies and events. Admission for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is $14.25 for all seats, but the price may go up closer to the screening date. The VIP Festival Pass, including all movies over the 11 days, is available for $175. More information about tickets is available on the Festival website.

Tickets may be purchased on-line through the festival website. A nominal fee will be added to all tickets purchased on-line.

The Somerville Theater is located at 55 Davis Square, in the Davis Square area of Somerville, Massachusetts.

Parking in the Davis Square area is limited to on-street metered parking and two small municipal lots. One lot is at Holland and Buena Vista streets, and the other is at Herbert and Day streets. Meters on different streets vary from 15 minutes to 3 hours, with 3-hour meters available on Dover Street and Meacham Road.

The Somerville Theater is well-served by public transportation, including the MBTA Red Line subway, which is immediately adjacent to the theater. More information about parking, as well as public transportation, is available on the cinema website.

Attending the festival from outside the Somerville area? The Boston SciFi Film Festival recommends Homewood Suites, located at 1 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington, Massachusetts.

January 19, 2019

Berkeley Venue Presents Fritz Lang Fest

The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, also known as BAMPFA, takes a look at the work of German director Fritz Lang in the series “Fritz Lang and German Expressionism”, which began on Dec. 7, 2018, and continues to Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.

A digitally restored print of M (1931) will be shown at 2 pm on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, and 8 pm on Friday, Feb. 8.

Tickets for the “Fritz Lang” series are $13 for General Admission; $8 for BAMPFA members; $5 for Cal Students; and $9 for Seniors (age 65 and older), non-Cal students, youth (age 18 and under), Cal faculty and staff, and disabled patrons. Tickets may be purchased at the BAMPFA box-office. Tickets may also be purchased on-line through the BAMPFA website.

M will also be shown on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, at 3:10 pm, as part of the series “In Focus: Writing for Cinema”, which began Wednesday, Jan. 16 and will continue to Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. Film historian David Thomson and author Michael Ondaatje will lead a discussion following the screening.

Ticket prices for the “Writing for Cinema” screening are $15 for General Admission; $11 for BAMPFA members; $7 for Cal students; and $12 for Seniors (age 65 and older), non-Cal students, youth (age 18 and under), Cal faculty and staff, and disabled patrons. Tickets may be purchased at the BAMPFA box-office, as well as on-line through the BAMPFA website.

BAMPFA is located at 2155 Center Street, between Oxford Street and Shattuck Avenue in downtown Berkeley, California.

Parking is available in the Allston Way Parking Garage, located at 2061 Allston Way, in Berkeley, California. BAMPFA is also well-served by public transportation, including BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and AC Transit bus lines. More information about parking, as well as directions to BAMPFA, is available on the venue’s website.

For more information, please contact BAMPFA at 510-642-0808.

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.