Thursday, March 5, 2015

Frankly, My Dear

Posted By on Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Check your pockets. Got a little loose change? On Saturday, March 7, 35 cents gets you into the all-day big-screen binge at the Eureka Theater's 76th birthday celebration. A dime buys a ticket for a kid, just like it did in 1939, when the joint opened. Actually, it's even cheaper since a ticket gets you nearly nine hours of 1939 Hollywood classics. Oh, you can hack nine hours. Look what you did with House of Cards last weekend.

Doors open at 12:30 for the 1 p.m. showing of The Wizard of Oz. Witches be trippin' as pig-tailed Judy Garland sings and skips her way down the Yellow Brick Road in shoes worth dropping a house on somebody for. If you missed last year's big-screen showing, this is your chance for a do-over. Bring the kids — video games and 3-D Disney have rendered them immune to the flying monkeys anyway.

At 3 p.m., escape the real political landscape with Frank Capra's wholesome Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Jimmy Stewart takes boy-scout ethics to the corrupt Capitol and stands up for the little guy while fighting off a smear campaign. (Thanks, Roosevelt.)

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At 5:30 p.m., brace yourself on the bedpost for Gone with the Wind. The Technicolor epic chronicling Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler's Civil War romance is both gorgeous and totally nuts. Sit in thrall to Vivien Leigh's timeless bitchface as fortunes are lost and gained, the South falls, gowns are made from drapes and people get slapped. And Clark Gable and Hattie McDaniel aren't too shabby, either. Fiddledee-dee.

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