November 30, 2013

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at the George Eastman House

As part of their salute to the birth of the CinemaScope process 60 years ago, the Dryden Theatre presents a series of landmark CinemaScope movies. On Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, the program continues with a showing in 35mm of the Walt Disney Productions film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), co-starring Peter Lorre with James Mason, Kirk Douglas and Paul Lukas.

The movie will begin at 8 pm.

Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for students and Dryden Theatre members. Tickets may be purchased at the theater box-office, which opens 45 minutes before a given screening.

Tickets may also be purchased online through the theater website. Click the “Tickets” tab on the theater website, then scroll to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and click the “Purchase” button. A $2 convenience fee to benefit the George Eastman House will be charged for each online ticket order.

The Dryden Theatre is located at 900 East Avenue, within the George Eastman House, in Rochester, New York. The Dryden Theatre is served by public transportation. A map of the theater’s location, as well as PDF files for the bus routes, is available at the Dryden Theatre website.

Free parking is available at the George Eastman House. Visitors may enter the museum grounds by either the East Avenue entrance or the University Avenue entrance.

In conjunction with the CinemaScope movie program, the George Eastman House presents an exhibit on the groundbreaking process – “Bigger Than Life: CinemaScope at 60”, which will run from Nov. 2, 2013, until Jan. 12, 2014.

The exhibit includes original artifacts from the museum’s collection, as well as multimedia and interactive displays, enabling visitors to explore the history, technology, and promotion of CinemaScope.

The exhibit is located in the Brackett Clark Annex.

Admission to the George Eastman House is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors age 65 and older, and $5 for students with proper ID. Children age 12 and under, as well as members, may visit for free. More information on the George Eastman House, including hours, may be found on the museum’s website.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen Youngkin discussed the making of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with actors James Mason and Kirk Douglas, who recounted their experiences working with Peter on the film.

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

November 21, 2013

Casablanca Showing at William Monroe High This Friday

As part of their monthly classic movie series, the William Monroe High School Theater Department and the Academic Events committee has selected Casablanca (1942) for Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.

The program will begin at 7 pm in the Cinema at the WMHS Performing Arts Center.

Admission is free and open to the public, as well as WMHS students and faculty.

Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. All concession stand purchases will benefit the performing arts department and the spring musical.

William Monroe High School is located at 254 Monroe Drive, in Standardsville, VA. The school may be contacted at (434) 985-5273.

The committee’s goal is to select movies that are culturally significant, as well as family-friendly, in order to educate the community about the history and importance of film.

Though originally released over Thanksgiving in 1942, Casablanca went into wide release in January 1943 and took the Oscar for “Best Picture of 1943”.

In The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin details the making of Casablanca. It was a movie to which Peter attached little importance but remains one of his best-inown – even though his actual screen time is approximately 8 minutes and his character is dispatched within the first half hour.

The Lost One is available in both hard-back and soft-bound, as well as the Nook and Kindle.