Wednesday Evening Film Series Returning after Two Week Hiatus
The Historic Elsinore Theatre has brought back the Wednesday evening film series, starting with “Singin’ in the Rain” on Jan. 20, and ending with “Rear Window” on March 16. A series of three silent film events will also be shown, on Jan. 27, Feb. 10 and 24, with accompaniment by Rick Parks on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ.
Current and future films will include:
The Tramp/The Bank/Cops [Feb. 24]: “The Tramp” and “The Bank” are two silent films by legend Charlie Chaplin, and are meant to be a departure from his traditional slapstick characters. His character in “The Tramp” was the first popular portrayal of his most popular character, the tramp. In “The Bank,” Edna Purviance stars as a secretary in a bank whom Chaplin, the janitor, has a crush on. As the film continues, he dreams she has fallen in love with him. “Cops” is a silent comedy by Buster Keaton, and details the story as Keaton’s character accidentally annoys the entire Los Angeles Police Department, and gets chased all over town.. This will be the final night of silent movies.
Pillow Talk [March 2]: This is a 1959 romantic comedy that stars Rock Hudson and Doris Day as its main leads as two strangers who are forced to share the same party phone line. “Pillow Talk” won the Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay), and was nominated for several others, including Day for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture or Comedy, among others.
2001: A Space Odyssey [March 9]: “2001: A Space Odyssey” was partially inspired by a short story titled “The Sentinel” by Arthur C. Clarke, and is an epic science fiction film produced directed by Stanley Kubrick. The film is specially recognized the scientifically accurate space scenery, special effects, and imagery. It also had minimal narration, instead choosing to use a classic soundtrack, with songs such as The Blue Danube. After its release, the film was nominated for four Academy Awards, won one for its visual effects, and a novel version of the film was released and written by Clarke. This was the highest grossing film in Northern America during 1968.
Rear Window [March 16]: Ending the series will be the Hitchcockian film “Rear Window.” It details the story of L.B. Jeffries, played by James Stewart, a wheelchair-bound photographer takes to spying on his neighbors in order to appease him boredom, soon becoming obsessed with the act. Many consider this film to be one of Hitchcock’s greatest, and in general, one of the best of all time. It too received four Academy Award nominations. It was added to the United States National Film Registry in the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” in 1997.
The films will begin on the designated nights at 7:00 p.m., with doors opening at 6:15 p.m. Entrance to each film costs $5. Tickets can be bought at the theater box office, the Elsinore website, and all Tickets West locations. For more information, call (503) 375-3574, or check out the theater’s website.
The exterior of the Historic Elsinore Theatre where the film series will be held. Photo credit to Travel Salem on Flickr.