July 8, 2018

Lorre Film Opens Annual Norfolk Fest

On Monday, July 9, 2018, the Mal Vincent Classic Film Festival launches its 15th year with The Maltese Falcon (1941) at the Naro Expanded Cinema in Norfolk, Virginia.

The program begins at 7:15, with film critic Mal Vincent introducing The Maltese Falcon with little-known facts about the movie, its stars, writers, and director, based on his five-decades’ personal experience writing about film for The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk’s daily newspaper. Mr. Vincent will also close the program with movie trivia.

Tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for senior citizens (age 64 and older) and kids (age 12 and under). Ticket Books, including 10 admissions for any movie, may also be purchased for $73.

Tickets go on sale at the box office at 6 pm, and the doors open at 6:30 pm.

The Maltese Falcon will also be shown Tuesday afternoon, July 10, 2018, at 1:45 pm. Matinee prices are $8 for all seats.

Mal Vincent’s film festival will be held every Monday night from July 9 to August 20, 2018. Following the final movie, The Egg and I (1947) on August 20, all attendees will be invited to vote on the best four performances of the festival – lead actor, lead actress, supporting actor, and supporting actress. The results will be entered in the film fest record book.

The closing-night party will be held at the Ynot Pizza and Italian Cuisine, located at 1517 Colley Ave in Norfolk, Virginia, down the street from the Naro.

The complete schedule for the film fest is available on the venue’s website.

The Naro Expanded Cinema is located at 1507 Colley Avenue, in Norfolk, Virginia. For more information, please call the cinema at 757-625-6276.

Parking is available in the lot behind the Naro. Street parking is also available along Colley Avenue. More information, including directions, is available on the Naro’s website.

The historic Naro Expanded Cinema opened on February 24, 1936, as The Colley Theater, one of several suburban movie theaters owned by William S. Wilder. In 1977, the cinema was bought by Tench Phillips and Thom Vourlas, who wanted to show classic films, as well as independent and foreign movies. In 2004, the two cinema owners talked Mal Vincent into presenting classic films at the Naro – and the Mal Vincent Classic Film Festival was born.

And now Peter Lorre fans in the Norfolk, Virginia, area can enjoy The Maltese Falcon in an historic cinema that very likely presented the movie when it was originally released in the fall of 1941. Purchase a ticket at the outside booth. Enter the lobby and step back in time, when cinemas had balconies, and a red velvet curtain shielded the screen until the picture was ready to begin. The lights dim. The curtain parts. The credits roll.

And fans are treated to a Lorre performance on a big screen – as Peter Lorre was meant to be seen . . . . .

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