Fellow classic/cult/modern film aficionados in the region will be jumping for joy for the return of a vintage film showcase in Gettysburg.
Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater presents: “2019 Summer Classic Film Series”
Gettysburg College’s famous Gettysburg Majestic Theater (at the Jennifer and David LeVan Performing Arts Center) will be presenting the return of their “Summer Classic Film Series” for summer 2019. The Majestic Theater will be showcasing a blend of classic, cult and critically-acclaimed feature films on Wed. evenings at 7:30 p.m. (local time) from June 5-Aug. 28. Each film in the theater’s “2019 Summer Classic Film Series” will be presented with a special on-stage introduction by area film aficionado and founding executive director of Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater, Jeffrey W. Gabel. An audience raffle prize giveaway will also occur before the show.
There’s something for everyone in the Majestic’s “2019 Summer Classic Film Series” festival.
Fellow Svengoolie SvenPals from coast-to-coast will be excited for his big broadcast showcase of a classic sci-fi/horror masterpiece.
“Svengoolie” presents his big broadcast showcase of “The Blob” (1958)
Original animated opening title sequence to “The Blob” (1958), featuring the famous title theme song written and composed by Burt Bacharach and Mack David; with vocalizations by Bernie Knee (under the name of “The Five Blobs“).
The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based sci-fi/thriller film host will present his big broadcast showcase of “The Blob” (1958), this Sat., April 27 at 8 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
Originally released theatrically by Paramount Pictures in 1958, “The Blob” was directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. and was produced by Jack H. Harris under the banner of “Tonylyn Productions;” according to information from IMDB. Harris and the junior Yeaworth would later work on “4D Man” (1958, with Robert Lansing, Lee Meriwether and Patty Duke) and “Dinosaurus!” (1960, with Ward Ramsey, Kristina Hanson and Paul Lukather; the two latter Harris-Yeaworth productions were originally released to theaters throughout the United States by Universal Studios).
This will mark Sven’s second big coast-to-coast broadcast of “The Blob” (1958) on Me-TV. He previously showcased the 1958 Harris-Yeaworth sci-fi/thriller classic back in May 2018. Sven also previously showcased the film on his hometown station in Berwyn/Chicago, WCIU-TV 26 “The U” back in March 2009; according to IMDB. Fellow super SvenPal David Fuentes and his official “Terror From Beyond the Dave” YouTube site has segments from Sven’s past WCIU-TV/”The U” Berwyn/Chicago telecast of “The Blob” (1958).
Who was in Harris and Yeaworth’s “The Blob” (1958)?
The players who appeared in the 1958 Harris-Yeaworth sci-fi/thriller classic were young Steve McQueen (credited as “Steven McQueen” in the role of Steven Andrews, McQueen also appeared in the role of Josh Randall in the 1958-61 CBS/Four Star TV western, “Wanted: Dead or Alive;” both “The Blob” and “Wanted: Dead or Alive” would help ensure greater success for McQueen’s screen career), Aneta Corsaut (as Jane Martin, Corsaut was credited under the name of “Aneta Corseaut” in the film, Corsaut went on to greater fame in the role of Helen Crump on “The Andy Griffith Show” from 1963-68), Earl Rowe (as Lt. Dave), Lee Payton (as Nurse Kate), Stephen “Steven” Chase as Dr. T. Hallen, Olin Howland (as an elderly man, Howland was credited as “Olin Howlin;” this was one of Howland/Howlin’s final film appearances, according to the American Film Institute), George Karas (as Officer Ritchie, Karas later appeared in the 1959 Harris-Yeaworth production of “4D Man” in the role of Sgt. Todaman), John Benson (as Sgt. Jim Bert), Elbert Smith (as Henry Martin), Audrey Metcalf (as Elizabeth Martin) Hugh Graham (as Mr. Andrews) and Vince Barbi (as café/diner owner George).
One of cinema’s all-time greats will be returning to the big screen in Gettysburg to kick off a historic theater’s summer classic film showcase.
Gettysburg’s “Majestic Theater” presents the return of their “Summer Classic Movies” series for 2018 with “Casablanca” (1942) on the big screen
Original 1942 Warner Bros. theatrical trailer for “Casablanca.”
The historic Majestic Theater in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania will kick off their “Summer Classic Movies” anthology series of classic/cult cinematic favorites for 2018 with their presentation of “Casablanca” (1942) on the big screen. The screening of the Michael Curtiz–Hal B. Wallis classic at the historic cinema will take place on the evening of Wed., June 6 at 7:30 p.m. (local time).
The Majestic’s presentation of “Casablanca” (1942) will have an opening introduction by area film historian and executive founding director of the Majestic Theater, Jeffrey W. Gabel. Attendees of the Majestic’s presentation of “Casablanca” (1942) will be eligible to win a raffle prize, according to the official website of the Majestic.
Who was in “Casablanca” (1942)?
Appearing in “Casablanca” (1942) were Humphrey Bogart (as Rick Blaine), Ingrid Bergman (as Ilsa Lund), Paul Henreid (as Victor Lazlo), Claude Rains (as Louis Renault), Peter Lorre (as Ugarte), Dooley Wilson (as Sam), S.Z. “Cuddles” Sakall (as Carl), Conrad Veidt (as Strasser), Sydney Greenstreet (as Ferrari), Madeleine Lebeau (as Yvonne), Joy Page (as Annina Brandel), John Qualen (as Berger) and Leonid Kinskey (as Sacha).
Fellow Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere will be jumping for joy about his upcoming coast-to-coast premiere of a landmark sci-fi/horror classic from 1958.
“Svengoolie” presents: “The Blob” (1958)
Theatrical trailer for “The Blob” (1958, altered for later re-issues to capitalize on Steve McQueen’s success).
The iconic Chicago/Berwyn-based horror film host will present his national television premiere of “The Blob” (1958), this Sat.; May 12 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
“The Blob” was directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. and was produced by Jack H. Harris. Yeaworth and Harris’ production (under the Tonylyn Productions moniker) was released theatrically by Paramount Pictures in 1958 (according to IMDB).
Who was in “The Blob” (1958)?
The players who appeared in “The Blob” (1958) were Steve McQueen (as Steven Andrews, McQueen was credited as “Steven McQueen” in the film), Aneta Corsaut (as Jane Martin, Corsaut was credited as “Aneta Corseaut”), Earl Rowe (as Lt. Dave), Olin Howland (as an elderly man, Howland was credited as “Olin Howlin”), Stephen “Steven” Chase as Dr. T. Hallen, Lee Payton (as Nurse Kate), John Benson (as Sgt. Jim Bert), George Karas (as Officer Ritchie), Elbert Smith (as Henry Martin), Vince Barbi (as café owner George), Audrey Metcalf (as Elizabeth Martin) and Hugh Graham (as Mr. Andrews).
Fellow fans of RiffTrax, vintage/cult horror films and “Mystery Science Theater 3000” (MSTies) be interested in an upcoming cinematic event to kick off Halloween.
It’s time for “Best of RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead” (a re-broadcast of their 2013 live cinematic riffing of George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead”)
RiffTrax, in conjunction with Fathom Events will be presenting “Best of RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead” (featuring MST3K alums Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett) in select theatrical venues from coast-to-coast for one night only on Wed., Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. (local time).
The RiffTrax crew and their live riffing presentation of George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” (1968) was originally broadcast in select cinema venues from coast-to coast in Oct. 2013, according to the official Fathom Events press release.
The players who appeared in Romero’s cult horror feature were Judith O’Dea (as Barbra), Duane Jones (as Ben), Marilyn Eastman (as Helen Cooper), Karl Hardman (as Harry Cooper), Kyra Schon (as Karen Cooper), Judith Ridley (as Judy), Keith Wayne (as Tom) and Bill Cardille (as a television news reporter).
Bill Cardille was best known as a longtime personality on Pittsburgh television. From 1964 to 1983, he hosted the WIIC/WPXI-TV “Chiller Theater” showcase of vintage horror films, under the nickname of “Chilly Billy” Cardille (according to Maria Sciullo and Anya Sostek’s Pittsburgh-Post Gazette article on the death of Cardille in July 2016). Cardille reprised his role of the TV news reporter in Tom Savini’s 1990 remake of “Night of the Living Dead.”
Classic and cult cinema fans in the area will be excited about the return of a vintage film showcase in Gettysburg.
Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater: 2017 Summer Classic Film Series
The Majestic Theater marquee in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Gettysburg College’s historic Majestic Theater will be bringing back their “Summer Classic Movies” series. The Majestic will be showcasing classic and cult feature films Wed. evenings at 7:30 p.m., beginning on June 7 and will end on Aug. 24.
Each film that will be showcased in the series will have a special on-stage introduction by Jeffrey Gabel, area cinema aficionado and founding executive director of the theater. The Majestic will also have a special raffle prize giveaway during each show.
There’s something for everyone in the theater’s “Summer Classic Movies” showcase, ranging from classic flicks to cult favorites and modern features.
Sidebar: Originally written at the end of August (published for the first time on “Silver Screen Reflections”).
Near the end of August, audiences near and far flocked to Gettysburg’s Majestic Theater to see the grand finale in the summer classic cinema showcase.
“The Band Wagon” (1953)
The “grand finale” of the theater’s summer classic cinema showcase series was the 1952 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical “The Band Wagon.” The film was shown on the evening of Aug. 23 inside the larger-than-life Majestic cinema and stage house. The Majestic is operated by Gettysburg College, the theater is under the banner of the Jennifer and David LeVan performing arts center.
Appearing in “The Band Wagon” were Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant, Nanette Fabray and Jack Buchanan. The film was directed by Vincente Minnelli and was produced by Arthur Freed.
Pre-Show introduction and Raffle Prize Giveaway
Before the presentation of “The Band Wagon” at the Majestic, there was a special pre-show introduction that was presented by Jeffrey W. Gabel, area movie buff and founding executive director of the historic theater. With his enthusiastic and entertaining opening before “The Band Wagon,” Gabel shared some interesting and fascinating facts about the film.