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35mm movie palace screening of GONE WITH THE WIND

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The 1939 Hollywood classic that still holds the record for being the highest grossing, most attended (adjusted for inflation) to this day.

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Part of our THE GOLDEN YEAR (1939) & EPIC SUNDAYS series. Sunday, December 15, 2019 @ 4p, The Palace Theater (630 S. Broadway, LA, CA 90014)

GONE WITH THE WIND (1939, Warner Brothers/MGM, directed by Victor Fleming, 238mns)

SPECIAL EVENT: Please note, we will be screening GONE WITH THE WIND on a special 35mm print at the historic Palace Theater, 630 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014 almost to the day of its premiere 80 years ago!

PRESENTATION: We will play GONE WITH THE WIND as it was played in 1939 complete with intro music and an intermission. This is a rare chance to experience a movie as audiences wexperienced it during Hollywood’s golden year.

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Many times over the years, this Programmer has watched a movie with his now 92 year old grandmother (and still sharp as ever) only to have her lean over at the end and say, “Well. . .it was no Gone With The Wind.”

For several generations of moviegoers, Gone With the Wind is still THE gold standard by which all other Hollywood movies are judged.

Now here’s our chance to see this 1939 winner of 13 Academy Awards including Best Picture that was considered the Titanic, Star Wars, Avengers End Game of its era all rolled into one.

Often considered the height of classic Hollywood moviemaking at the apex of Hollywood’s greatest year-1939-Gone With the Wind brought together many of Hollywood’s most sought after talents:

Ingenue Vivien Leigh, Heartthrob Clark Gable, production designer William Cameron Menzies, composer Max Steiner, director Victor Fleming, master producer David O Selznick, along with uncredited yet key contributions by screenwriter Ben Hecht and director George Cukor, worked from best selling novelist Margaret Mitchell's beloved book to make the most lavish and lush Hollywood production ever put to celluloid.

Gone With the Wind tells the story of stubborn, resourceful Scarlett O Hara (in an all-time great performance by Vivien Leigh) as she survives the fall of her family and the outdated Southern way of life during the Civil War.

Amongst the battles, tragedies, struggles, Scarlett pines for the love of Ashley (Leslie Howard) whom she considers her ideal of refined gentlemanly manhood. But the fiery, stubborn, clear eyed Scarlett may actually be better matched with smart, pragmatic, humorous Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) who can see the South's days are numbered. But Scarlett is so attached to her romantic notions of the South that she may be missing her one true opportunity to love and be loved.

Gone With the Wind is definitely a movie from an earlier era. Its often sympathetic view of the old South jars with our understanding of the horrors of that time now.

And yet, ironically, Gone With the Wind actually proved to be, in many respects, the most progressive American movie of 1939 in what it accomplished. African American actor Hattie McDaniel was singled out by both black and white film critics for her impassioned performance. McDaniel insisted that producer David Selznick submit her for the Best Supporting Actress award which he did. When McDaniel won the award (the first African American actor, woman or man, to do so), she accepted it in person in the Coconut Grove at the Ambassador Hotel which wasn’t integrated until 1959. Her award win actually began the de-segregation of the movie industry.

Gone With the Wind, like so many works of art, is a product of its time-for better and for worse. One of the most beautiful, lavish, and striking productions ever to come out of cinema, Gone With the Wind does what classic Hollywood did best-transports us into a kind of cinematic dreamland of amazing performances, music, production, filmmaking. At the same time, it reminds us that our values as a society are constantly (hopefully) improving, refining so that we have to understand older film works in light of when they were made.

If you’re going to see Gone With the Wind, this is the way to see it. In a classic movie palace, on 35mm, in the month it premiered 80 years ago. Complete with intro music, intermission, the works!

This screening kicks off our year long (Dec 2019-Dec 2020) EPIC SUNDAYS series in which we screen at least one epic movie a month on film at a historic movie palace in downtown Los Angeles! We look forward to starting this journey with you!

PARKING FOR THE PALACE THEATER: http://www.palacedowntown.com/parking

There are also numerous flat rate parking lots and meters between 5th and 7th Streets and Spring and Main Streets within easy walking distance of the theater.

best always,

Craig Hammill

Secret Movie Club President & Programmer

SECRET MOVIE CLUB FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

SCREENING LOCATIONS: We currently screen our movies at The Vista Theatre, 4473 Sunset Drive, Los Angeles, 90027; the Los Feliz 3, 1822 N. Vermont, LA, CA 90027, and The Palace Theatre, 630 S. Broadway, LA, CA 90014.

We also do occasional pop-up screenings at fun historic spaces around Los Angeles. So please double check the address to make sure you’re heading to the right location!

TICKETS: Tickets for all our events are available online at:

https://secretmovieclub.eventbrite.com

or through each individual event on our Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/secretmovieclub35mm/.

We also make tickets available at the Vista Box Office.

Important Warning: Never buy tickets from anyone you do not know personally. We have noticed a rise in fraudulent scalpers on our social media and elsewhere. It’s always better to just write us directly at:

secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com to inquire about tickets.

OUR 35MM POLICY: We strive to project all movies on film that were originally shot on film. This means that we work to screen the majority of our movies on 35mm prints (with the occasional 16mm print if no 35mm print is available).

We will screen a movie digitally if its original medium was digital. This usually means that we screen what’s called a DCP or Digital Cinema Print. Almost all movies shot in recent years are digital and screen on DCPs.

In some rare instances, a film print will arrive to us in such poor condition that we deem it will be more distracting than entertaining. For this and other reasons, we reserve the right to screen a DCP in an emergency. However, we will make all best efforts to alert the audience immediately if we have to screen a DCP alternate when a 35mm print was advertised.

Situations where we have had to substitute a DCP for an advertised 35mm print have thankfully only occurred a handful of times in our history. But we do need to reserve this right to insure the best possible presentation of a movie for our audience.

ORIGINAL POSTERS: We do limited edition 100 original poster runs for almost all of our movies. We sell these posters at the events and do our best to let our audience see the design at least 1-2 weeks ahead of a screening via our email and social media.

We are currently working to launch our website and online movie store in the Fall of 2019 so you can peruse our entire backlog and get posters of your favorite movies and/or by your favorite designers. Stay tuned!

REFUNDS & COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS: We honor all refund requests made through Eventbrite 24 hours or more before the listed start time of the screening. After that, we are unable to process refund requests. BUT. . .we can offer complimentary tickets to future screenings (as long as they haven't already sold out & aren't special differently priced events).

HOW DOES A SECRET MOVIE CLUB SEASON PASS WORK: If you buy a Secret Movie Club All-Access Season Pass (access to all movies we’re showing within one season), you get entrance into every single movie we show throughout that time (including any screenings or special events we may announce at a later time; so your value may increase!).

This is our best deal at $6.50/per movie if you know you’re going to see the majority of movies in a season.

These passes are available up to the start time of the first screening of a season at https://secretmovieclub.eventbrite.com

If you decide to buy the SEASON PASS and have already bought an individual ticket, just write us: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com and we’ll issue you a refund for the individual ticket(s) you bought so you can get the all-access pass.

With the All-Access Season Pass, we generate a special list with your name on it. All you have to do is come to our table ahead of each movie, give us your name, and get your ticket. You’re a VIP now and never have to worry about a movie selling out. We always save you a seat.

HOW DOES A SERIES PASS WORK: If you want to see all the movies in a particular series but not necessarily all the movies in a season this is the way to go and is our next best deal (at $9/per movie) after the Season Pass.

The price of each Series Pass depends on how many movies we show in that series. So for instance if we are showing 7 movies in the series, the pass would cost $63 (or $9 per movie). If we are showing 4 movies in that series, the pass would cost $36, and so on.

You can buy a Series Pass through any individual Eventbrite link for a movie in that series.

We generate a special list with your name on it for that series. All you have to do is come to our table ahead of each movie, give us your name, and get your ticket.

CONCESSIONS: The Vista Concessions counter is open for all our events. So you will always have access to popcorn, soda, candy, coffee the works!

We strive to have concessions of some kind at all our events regardless of venue.

PARKING/PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:

The Vista & Los Feliz 3 have no dedicated parking lots. Thankfully, there is parking in the residential areas around both theatres. Just plan to get to the theater 20 minutes early so you have enough time to park, walk to the theater, get your tickets, get a seat.

Make sure you read the street signs! A few streets are permit-only parking. We don’t want any Secret Movie Clubbers getting parking tickets.

There are many great public transportation options near the Vista & Los Feliz 3 including a Metro subway stop at the Vermont/Sunset station which is about 4 blocks from the Vista Theater.

The Palace Theatre has no dedicated parking lot. However, most folks opt to park at the Pershing Square Parking Lot:

http://www.palacedowntown.com/parking

Here is a link to all parking lots near the Palace Theatre & Broadway:

https://www.los-angeles-theatre.com/theaters/downtown-palace-theatre/parking.php

SHOWTIMES: We screen most of our movies before noon or at 11:59pm. However, we are increasingly able to screen movies as afternoon matinees and prime time screenings.

Always check the listed showtime before buying your ticket to make sure you can make that showtime.

MAILING LIST: We started as a secret email list way back in April 2016. In respect to our origins (and because the programmer is superstitious), we will always announce our upcoming seasons, special events, and speakers via the email list first before posting to any other social media. If you’d like to get on the secret email list, email us at: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com.

OTHER QUESTIONS: You can always email us at: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com or send a message through our Facebook page: @secretmovieclub35mm

We work to respond asap within receipt of your email or message.

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