November 7, 2020

Gettysburg Classic Fest Includes Lorre

In November and December, 2020, the historic Majestic Theater, located in downtown Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, celebrates "95 Years of Majestic Movies" with a series of classic films, including Casablanca (1942), starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, and an international supporting cast with Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet among others.

Casablanca will be shown on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, and on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2 pm.

Tickets are $8.50 for all seats.

Seating is limited to 100 for each showing. Tickets may be purchased in advance through the Majestic website. A nominal booking fee will be added to each ticket purchased online. The historic outdoor box office will open at 12 noon the day of each movie showing.

Due to continued COVID-19 restrictions, masks covering the nose and mouth must be worn at all times, including during the film showings. Refreshments will not be sold at the Majestic, and no outside food or drink is permitted. Physically distant seating will also be in effect. More information on COVID-19 health and safety policies is available on the Majestic website.

The film festival begins on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, and runs until Sunday, Dec. 20. The complete schedule is available on the Majestic website.

The Majestic Theater is located at 25 Carlisle Street in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Metered parking is available on the street in front of the theater, with a parking garage located in Race Horse Alley, directly behind the theater. More information about parking, as well as directions to the cinema, is available on the Majestic website.

For more information, please call (717) 337-8200.

The Majestic Theatre opened on Saturday, November 14, 1925, with a showing of the silent movie The Road to Yesterday (1925), directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Originally built as an annex to the Gettysburg Hotel, the Majestic was in 1925 the largest vaudeville and silent movie theater in south-central Pennsylvania.

And from the 1930s onward, many Peter Lorre films played at the Majestic, too, including Casablanca (1942).

November 5, 2020

November with Lorre on TV

November means the start of the holidays, and Lorre fans can look forward to several movies on the Turner Classic Movies channel, as well as other channels.

All times shown are Eastern Standard.

Peter Lorre’s page on the TV Guide Channel website lists the Lorre films scheduled on various television channels over a 2-week period.

November, 2020

Nov. 7 (Sat), 12:15 am, Turner Classic Movies – The Big Circus (1959). In November, every Friday evening into the wee hours of Saturday morning, the TCM primetime theme is “Under the Big Top”. The series of circus movies includes this 1959 movie with Peter Lorre as “Skeeter the Clown”, one of the many performers in a traveling big-top show run by Hank Whirling (Victor Mature), with Vincent Price as Hans Hagenfeld, the ringmaster.

Nov. 7 (Sat), 6 am, TCM – Hotel Berlin (1945).

Nov. 10 (Tues), 3:45 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). TCM salutes Claude Rains’ birthday with a morning and afternoon line-up of Rains’ movies, including one of his most famous – Casablanca.

Nov. 13 (Fri), 11:30 am, TCM – You’ll Find Out (1940). The daytime theme is “Mystery Mansions”, and the setting for You’ll Find Out is an estate with hidden passageways, secret rooms, sliding panels, regular séances – and Kay Kyser and his band playing for the 21st birthday party of a young woman about to inherit a fortune.

Nov. 17 (Tues), 1 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). The daytime theme is “Humphrey Bogart”, including this classic hard-boiled mystery that began a friendship between Peter Lorre and Bogie, and teamed Peter with Sydney Greenstreet for the first time.

Nov. 25 (Wed), 6 am, Movies! Network – Beat the Devil (1954>

Nov. 29 (Sun), 8 am, TCM – The Constant Nymph (1943).

Sneak Peek at December, 2020

Dec. 5 (Sat), 8 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941). The primetime theme is a “Dashiell Hammett Double Feature”, including The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man (1934).

Many of these and other Lorre movies and television programs are now available on DVD and Blu-Ray – many remastered and packaged with extra features. For more information on the films of Peter Lorre released to home video, head on over to the DVD – VHS section of The Lost One website.

In The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of Peter’s movies, including interviews with many of the directors, writers, actors, and crew who worked with Peter.

A complete list of Peter’s movies and television credits is available in the book’s Appendix.

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.

Happy viewing!