The writer of “Silver Screen Reflections” commemorates Turner Classic Movies and the network’s 25th anniversary! Happy 25th and here’s to many more years of classic features, cult features and rarely-seen classics on the network! -C.H.
Fellow classic film aficionados will be interested in an upcoming coast-to-coast re-release of a classic silver screen adaptation of a famous musical.
Turner Classic Movies, in conjunction with Fathom Events, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (United Artists holdings) and Park Circus (exclusive cinema re-issue representatives for MGM/UA) will present the upcoming re-release of “West Side Story” (1961).
The TCM/Fathom Events “Big Screen Classics” revival showcase of “West Side Story” will occur in participating cinema venues throughout the nation on Sun., June 24 and Wed., June 27 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (local time). This is part of the network’s “Big Screen Classics” series of classic/cult feature film revival presentations.
The TCM/Fathom/MGM (UA)/Park Circus re-release of the cinematic adaptation of the Leonard Bernstein–Arthur Laurents–Stephen Sondheim musical will also have pre-recorded opening introduction and closing conclusion segments by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz.
One of the definitive cinematic comedies of 1940 with several legends of the silver screen will be returning to select cinemas this month for a limited time.
Turner Classic Movies, in association with Fathom Events and Warner Bros. Pictures (as part of the Turner Entertainment/pre-1986 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer holdings) will present the revival screening of “The Philadelphia Story” (1940).
The re-release of “The Philadelphia Story” (1940) will take place in participating cinema locations from coast-to-coast on Sun., Feb. 18 and Wed., Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time. The re-issue will feature special pre-recorded introduction and concluding statements by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz.
Directed by George Cukor, the players who appeared in “The Philadelphia Story” were Cary Grant (as C.K. Dexter Haven), Katherine Hepburn (as Tracy Lord), James Stewart (as Macaulay Connor), Ruth Hussey (as Elizabeth Imbrie), Roland Young (as Uncle Willie), John Howard (as George Kittredge), Virginia Weidler (as Dinah Lord), Mary Nash (as Margaret Lord), John Halliday (as Seth Lord), Henry Daniell (as Sidney Kidd), Lionel Pape (as Edward) and Rex Evans (as Thomas).
A 1925 thriller featuring one of horror’s iconic screen legends was featured recently on Turner Classic Movies’ “Silent Sunday Night.”
Lon Chaney (Sr.) in Roland West’s “The Monster” (1925)
The senior Lon Chaney played the role of Dr. Ziska in Roland West’s 1925 silent, “The Monster.” In addition to Chaney, the players who appeared in West’s film were Gertrude Olmstead (as Betty Watson), Hallam Cooley (as Watson’s head clerk), Johnny Arthur (as the under clerk), Frank “George” Austin (as Rigo), Charles A. Sellon (as the constable), Knute Erickson (as Daffy Dan) and Walter James (as Caliban).
Classic moviegoers around the area and beyond enjoyed the revival showing of one of the most iconic musicals of the silver screen.
Second (and final) day of the coast-to-coast revival screening of “Singin’ in the Rain” (Part of Turner Classic Movies’ “Big Screen Classics” series)
After receiving word that the Frederick area would get to see the 65th anniversary re-release of the 1952 musical “Singin’ in the Rain” on the big screen, I decided to go see the Gene Kelly-Arthur Freed musical on the silver screen. It was shown at Frederick’s lone first-run cineplex venue, the Westview 16* on Wed., Jan. 18. This was the second (and final) day of the nationwide revival screening.
As part of Turner Classic Movies’ “Big Screen Classics” classic film series (presented in conjunction with Fathom Events), cinemagoers in the Frederick area rarely get to experience many classic film revival screenings from TCM’s big screen series, along with other cinematic specials offered from time-to-time by Fathom.
I had seen “Singin’ in the Rain” many times before, only on television and in recent years, on DVD. This was my first experience watching the celebrated filmed musical on the big screen. I attended the afternoon screening of “Singin’ in the Rain” that was held at the Westview 16 cineplex.
The presentation began with an advertisement for TCM’s upcoming Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles, which will take place in April. Shortly before Ben Mankiewicz’s prerecorded introduction to “Singin’ in the Rain,” there was a slide that stated that the revival screening of “Singin’ in the Rain” was dedicated in memory of Debbie Reynolds.
The revival of “Singin’ in the Rain” on the big screen: A delightful (and entertaining) time was enjoyed by all!
The afternoon revival screening of “Singin’ in the Rain” was an enlightening and entertaining experience by watching the performances of Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor, Jean Hagen, Cyd Charisse and a young Rita Moreno (in one of her earliest film roles) on the big screen.
To those that have watched the Jan. 15 or Jan. 18 Fathom Events revival screening of “Singin’ in the Rain” (or if you have seen it on TV or on any home entertainment format) in theaters from coast-to-coast, the author of “Silver Screen Reflections” would like to hear from you! Feel free to share your thoughts or experiences at the comments section!
Hope everyone near and far enjoyed the revival screening of “Singin’ in the Rain!”
*The author of “Silver Screen Reflections” rarely frequents the Westview 16 cineplex. Here’s hoping that the theater (or if another first-run cinema venue comes to the Frederick area, including theaters in surrounding areas) will participate in more “TCM Big Screen Classics” and Fathom Events screenings in the future.
Fellow fans of classic cinema in Frederick will be excited about this news!
Just got word today that the Frederick area will get to experience “Singin’ In The Rain” (1952) on the big screen, as part of Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies‘ “Big Screen Classics” series, this Wed., Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (local time)!
Wed., Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (local time)
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