Fort Lauderdale's Gateway Theatre opened in 1951, a year after the release of Sunset Blvd.
and a year before Singin' in the Rain
. Both films, along with 13 others, will screen at the theater beginning Friday during the theater's first monthlong Gateway Classic Film Festival
. An event such as this one is a long time coming for a theater that has always been a haven for classics and reissues, from its regular Rocky Horror Picture Show
midnight screenings to its Grease
sing-along a few years ago. This time, the festival cuts a wide swath of decades and genres, from The Wizard of Oz
. It's a veritable primer in American cinema history, an introductory film course unto itself. Other titles include Annie Hall
, the inventive comedy that made Woody Allen an artist; North by Northwest
, one of Alfred Hitchcock's breeziest adventure stories; and 2001: A Space Odyssey
, Stanley Kubrick's druggy, pretentious, visionary masterpiece.
Tickets cost $10 for evening shows, $8 for matinees, $8 all day for students, and $6 on Tuesdays. A portion of ticket sales will benefit the Sun Sentinel Children's Fund. The theater is located at 1820 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. For a full schedule of titles and showtimes, visit thegatewaytheatre.com
or call 954-763-7994.
Aug. 31-Sept. 27, 2012