Classic and cult movie fans in Frederick are in for a real treat, as a series of vintage films returns to the big screen.
The Weinberg Center for the Arts will kick off its “Cinema Classics Movie Series” for the 2015-16 season, which will begin on Saturday, Oct. 31.
Opening films in the series:
The first film in the series will be the 1948 Universal horror comedy, “Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein.” It will be shown on Oct. 31 at 2:00 p.m.
The film features the legendary comedy duo, along with Glenn Strange as “Frankenstein,” Bela Lugosi as “Dracula” (his only other Universal film appearance as the vampire), and Lon Chaney, Jr. as the “Wolf Man.”
Later that evening, the theater will showcase the 1956 sci-fi thriller, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” featuring Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter. It will be shown at 8:00 p.m.
Inside of the Weinberg Center for the Arts (the former Tivoli cinema) in Frederick, Maryland.
Watching classics on the “big screen”
This series will be different from the theater’s other cinema offerings, including the “Flying Dog movie series,” which screens modern films from the 1980’s and 1990’s.
John Healey, executive director of the Weinberg Center for the Arts, felt that watching classic films on the big screen would be great for younger audiences.
“A lot of times, people have watched these films on television or DVD,” Healey said. “It just gives you an opportunity to sit through with your box of popcorn and see them on the big screen.”
Donna Bertazzoni, professor of journalism at Hood College, expressed her fondness of vintage cinema palaces.
“You can’t beat the experience of that old-time movie theater,” Bertazzoni said. “It is a different experience than the cinemas of today, and it’s not incredibly expensive.”
Katherine Orloff, assistant professor of journalism at Hood, is excited about the upcoming film series.
“It’s such a joy,” Orloff said.
Vintage Tivoli (Weinberg Center for the Arts) program guide from the early 1930’s, when the theater was owned by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Why you should see the “Cinema Classics Movie Series” at the Weinberg Center (when you’re in the Frederick area):
From the zany comedies of the Marx Brothers, to Kurosawa’s “The Seven Samurai,” to Steve McQueen’s iconic car chase in “Bullitt,” there’s something for everyone at the Weinberg Center’s “Cinema Classics Movie Series.”
If you’ve seen these, or if you’ve never seen these classics before, you can now experience these classics the way they were meant to be seen, on the big screen at the former “Tivoli” cinema.
Complete list of the “Cinema Classics Movie Series” at The Weinberg Center for the Arts
Beginning Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015- Sunday, April 3, 2016
20 W. Patrick St.
Frederick, MD 21701
$7.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors (62+), college students, students, children, and members of the Military
“Classic Matinee:” An article (on my previous blog) on how the Tivoli theater/Weinberg Center was the first major building with air-conditioning in Frederick. A must-read!
From the Hamby archives: Weinberg Center advertisement (2013-14 season, with a brief history of the Tivoli, final project for The City of Frederick in 2013).
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