February 14, 2021

Valentine's Day for Lorre Lovers

In 2021, Valentine’s Day falls on Sunday, February 14, and in spite of COVID-19 lock-downs and shut-downs, many cinemas in the United States have scheduled special showings of Casablanca (1942), long considered one of the most romantic movies ever made.

In the small but important role of Ugarte, who provides exit visits to refugees desperate to leave Casablanca – and the murderer of two German couriers – Peter Lorre gets the action going by leaving with his friend Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) two valuable letters of transit he intends to sell to escaping freedom fighter Victor Lazlo (Paul Henreid) and his wife Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman).

But no matter the size of his part, Peter is always a treat to watch in a movie theater, including these ~
  • Garden Theater – Winter Garden, Florida
  • Byrd Theatre – Richmond, Virginia
  • Glendale Sears Parking Lot – Glendale, California
  • Hollywood Roosevelt – Los Angeles, California
  • Tivoli Theatre – Spencer, Indiana
  • Utah Theatre – Logan, Utah
  • Magic Lantern Cinema – Ketchum, Idaho
  • Brattle Theatre – Cambridge, Massachusetts

Garden Theatre – The Garden Theatre, in Winter Garden, Florida, will show Casablanca on Valentine’s Day at 6:30 pm.

Tickets may be purchased at the cinema’s box office.

The Garden Theatre is located at 160 West Plant Street, in downtown historic Winter Garden, Florida. For more information, please call the theater at 406-877-4736.

Byrd Theatre – The Byrd Theatre, in Richmond, Virginia, will show Casablanca on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at 3 pm. The program includes a selection of songs played by Bob Gulledge on the cinema’s Mighty Wurlitzer Organ.

Tickets may be purchased online only and are limited to 50 attendees. No concessions will be sold. Mask-wearing and social distancing are required.

The Byrd Theatre is located at 2908 West Cary Street, in the Carytown district of Richmond, Virginia. For more information, please call the theater at 804-358-3056.

Pop-Up Cinema, Glendale Sears Parking Lot – The top of the Sears parking garage in Glendale, California, is the location of a pop-up cinema presented by the Electric Dusk Drive-In and Secret Movie Club. A double-feature of Casablanca and When Harry Met Sally (1989) will be shown on Valentine’s Day, beginning at dusk.

Tickets may be purchased online.

The Glendale Sears is located at 211 West California Avenue in Glendale, California.

Drive-In Theatre at the Hollywood Roosevelt – The famous Hollywood Roosevelt hotel, in Los Angeles, California, offers a drive-in movie experience on Valentine’s Day with a double-feature of Casablanca and The Notebook (2004). The program begins at 5:30 pm.

Tickets may be purchased online. Refreshments will be available from a converted Airstream trailer bar.

The Hollywood Roosevelt is located at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard, in Los Angeles, California.

Tivoli Theatre – The Tivoli Theatre, in Spencer, Indiana, will show Casablanca on Thursday, February 18, 2021, at 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm. The program is sponsored by the International Student Exchange.

Tickets may be purchased online.

The Tivoli Theatre is located at 24 North Washington Street in Spencer, Indiana. For more information, please call the theater at 812-714-8069.

Utah Theatre – The Utah Theatre, in Logan, Utah, will show Casablanca at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27, 2021.

Fridays and Saturdays are “Date Night” at the Utah Theatre, and the $14 ticket price includes two movie tickets, a large popcorn, and a box of candy. Tickets may be purchased online.

The Utah Theatre is located at 18 West Center Street in Logan, Utah.

Magic Lantern Cinema – Lorre fans in the area of Ketchum, Idaho, are in for a special treat over the Valentine’s Day holiday week, when Rick Kessler presents a full week of free screenings of Casablanca at the Magic Lantern Cinema.

Rick Kessler has been waiting 47 years to offer free showings of Casablanca. Says Kessler, “There’s a difference between seeing a movie in a theater and watching it on your TV, no matter how good your TV is. There is, perhaps, no better movie to amplify the difference between watching a movie on TV or seeing it in a movie theater.”

Beginning on Friday, February 12, and every day until Thursday, February 18, 2021, Casablanca will be shown at 4:30 pm and 7 pm.

The Magic Lantern Cinema is located at 100 East 2nd Street in Ketchum, Idaho. For more information, please call the cinema at 208-726-3308.

Brattle Theatre – The Brattle Theatre, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, continues its popular Valentine’s Day tradition of Casablanca with a virtual screening.

Admission is available on the Brattle Theatre website. A $12 ticket buys the right to view the film for 28 hours over the weekend.

Following the movie, the Brattle hosts a post-screening discussion with author Leslie Epstein, whose father Philip G. Epstein and uncle Julius J. Epstein co-write the Casablanca screenplay.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 1, 2021

Lorre Movies in February 2021

February is normally the month of TCM’s annual "31 Days of Oscar", leading up to the Academy Awards ceremony, but with the Oscars rescheduled for April 25, 2021, February becomes an ordinary month of movies. But with Valentine’s Day on Sunday, February 14, Lorre fans can celebrate their "Lorre Love" throughout the month with several Peter Lorre films 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.

February, 2021

Feb. 1 (Mon), 6 pm, Turner Classic Movies channel – Strange Cargo (1940). TCM salutes the birthday of Clark Gable with a morning and afternoon of Gable movies, including Strange Cargo, the first of two films he made with Peter Lorre.

Feb. 9 (Tues), 11:20 am, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Feb. 10 (Wed), 9:45 am, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Feb. 12 (Fri), 3:45 pm, TCM – Silk Stockings (1957). The daytime theme is "Leading Ladies", and Peter’s leading lady in this MGM movie is Cyd Charisse

Feb. 12 (Fri), 8 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942). TCM’s primetime theme is "TCM Romantic Weekend Getaway", and Lorre fans can kick of their own Valentine’s weekend with Peter in one of his iconic roles – Ugarte, the dealer in black market visas for refugees desperate to escape the North African city.

Feb. 16 (Tues), 1:10 pm, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Feb. 17 (Wed), 3 am, Fox Movie channel – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).

Feb. 20 (Sat), 12 noon, TCM – Mad Love (1935). In his first American movie, Peter plays a brilliant surgeon who, in love with the actress Yvonne (Frances Drake), replaces her husband’s smashed hands with those of a knife-throwing murderer – with tragic results.

Feb. 24 (Wed), 10 am, TCM – Hollywood Canteen (1944).

Sneak Peek at March, 2021

Mar. 1 (Mon), 4:43 pm, TCM – Around the World in 80 Days (1956). TCM salutes David Niven’s birthday with a morning and afternoon of Niven films.

Mar. 3 (Wed), 6 am, TCM – Quicksand (1950).

Mar. 6 (Sat), 12 noon, TCM – The Mask of Dimitrios (1944).

Mar. 12 (Fri), 8 pm, TCM – The Maltese Falcon (1941).

Mar. 12 (Fri), 10 pm, TCM – Casablanca (1942).

Mar. 14 (Sun), 11:45 am, TCM – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).

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 many brick-and-mortar shops, as well as these online merchants ~ Happy viewing!