Film History Made Easy

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 to Chinatown. 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 or call 954-763-7994.
Aug. 31-Sept. 27, 2012