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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

At The Senator This Week: Classic Films, A Wedding, and a Movie Memorabilia Sale!

The Senator Theatre is BACK IN ACTION! Woohooo! I'm thrilled to report that the beautiful art deco theatre with the kick a** technical presentation and ground-shaking sound system is going to be opening its doors to the public once more, starting TONIGHT and then this weekend!

A Wedding

Tonight, the public is invited to a wedding at The Senator! From the Baltimore Sun:

Artist Dan Keplinger, subject of the Oscar-winning 1999 documentary King Gimp, will be married Wednesday at the Senator Theatre in a ceremony he and his wife-to-be hope raises awareness of the fight to preserve the 70-year-old North Baltimore landmark.

Keplinger, a Towson native whose struggles with cerebral palsy and triumphs as a painter were chronicled by filmmakers Susan Hannah Hadary and William Whiteford, will marry Dena Huggler, a former nanny who has lived in Baltimore for 20 years. The ceremony is set for 6 p.m., and the public is invited."We wanted to have media attention to help save the Senator," says Huggler, 38. "It is a special place for Danny because his film, King Gimp, premiered there and a [sidewalk block] was made to honor this time."

In addition to the nuptials, Keplinger, 36, will auction one of his paintings. Proceeds will go toward maintaining operations at the Senator.

Classic Films

Then, this weekend, movies return to The Senator with two classic films presented with rare original I.B. Technicolor 35mm prints.

The weekend of classic movies gets started with Bob Fosse's 1972 Cabaret, starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York, and Marisa Berenson. I'm very excited about seeing this one on the big screen at The Senator. Cabaret is a fantastic musical with sinister undertones as dancers and theatre people try to make sure that the show will go on, even while the world around them in Weimar Republic Berlin is being corrupted by the evil forces of Nazism.

Cabaret plays at 2:00, 4:30, and 7:00 on Friday and Saturday and 2:00 and 4:30 on Sunday. Admission is $5 (cash only)

The late shows this weekend bring classic horror to the screen with Terence Fisher's 1958 Horror of Dracula, starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. I haven't seen this one, so it'll be a new experience.

Horror of Dracula plays at 9:30 PM on Friday and Saturday and 7:00 PM on Sunday. Admission is $5 (cash only)

Movie Memorabilia Sale

From The Senator's email today:

We're opening up The Senator's back rooms!

Don't miss your chance to own a piece of Senator Theatre history

Starting this Friday, April 3rd @ 1pm, a wide variety of Senator Theatre memorabilia, including: film posters, banners, t-shirts, standees, film reels, press books, vintage projection equipment, marquee letters, large marquee signs from past premieres and more,will fill our lobby spaces for your perusal and purchase.

Thousands of these items will be placed on sale in the next few weeks, lobby space permitting.

All sales final ~ cash or check only

Folks, they're not kidding about thousands of items. The good people at The Senator let me into these fabled storehouses of treasure they have and showed me the rooms and rooms of posters and other items. I can only say --- WOW! If you're a movie buff, you won't want to miss this.

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