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35mm TOP HAT & 42ND STREET Musical Double Feature Matinee at the Vista, Los...

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Vista Theatre

4473 Sunset Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90027

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Part of our MUSICAL MERRY GO ROUND series. MUSICAL DOUBLE FEATURE Saturday, September 14, 2019 @ 9:30a, The Vista: TOP HAT (1935, Warner Brothers, dir by Mark Sandwich, Music by Irving Berlin & Max Steiner, 35mm) & 42nd STREET (1933, Warner Brothers, dir by Lloyd Bacon, choreography by Busby Berkeley, 35mm)

We bring our MUSICAL MERRY GO ROUND series into the final stretch with a double feature of 1930’s musical masterpieces.

In both, we see how connected song and dance are to our enjoyment of a musical. It’s not enough to just have good dance numbers or good musical numbers with a strong book and lyrics. It’s the combination of the two that helps raise the good musical to a great or even transcendent one.

If our stars can both sing AND dance. If the movie can have both toe tapping songs and jaw dropping choreographed musical numbers, we have a real gem.

Here we present two of the most dazzling jewels in all the musical firmament: Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in Top Hat and the Busby Berkeley choreographed masterpiece 42nd Street.

Top Hat is often considered one of the top two Rogers and Astaire musicals of all time. With contributions by Irving Berlin, we get the beautiful standard “Cheek to Cheek” along with some of Astaire and Rogers most exhilirating duet dance numbers.

As with all Astaire and Rogers musicals, the story itself is as sugary a confection as you would find in any master baker’s top shelf. We pretty much know they’ll end up together and everything will work out all right from the beginning. This was the depression after all and folks wanted to go to the movies to live in an alternate universe for a few hours where everyone seems to have money, can afford swank hotels, great suits, big meals, and jet off to exotic places to fall in love with beautiful women they just happen to meet in the lobby.

Sure it’s a dream but what a beautiful necessary dream.

The second part of our double bill takes a different approach. Busby Berkeley’s 42nd Street is one of those “behind the scenes” musicals about the putting together of a Broadway show that would reach its pinnacle 46 years later in Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz.

Here we see the hard driving director, the hard working chorus girls, the leads, the costumers, the choreographers all striving to put on a great show for the folks who come to see them.

What makes 42nd Street such a mirror image of Top Hat is that the musical numbers in 42nd Street, rather than running away from the struggle and hard lives of folks in the Depression, aims to actually turn that pain, confusion, and suffering into musical numbers. Busby Berkeley creates both avant garde arrangements of dancing figures and startlingly kitchen sink dance numbers about money stress, abuse, dysfunction, suicide, crime. 42nd Street is as if the country itself made a musical about its broken psyche at the start of the Depression just starting to mend itself.

Come join us for two of the 1930’s greatest musicals. We’ll have a 10 minute intermission between the two pictures.

Best always,

Craig Hammill

35mm Secret Movie Club Programmer.Organizer


TICKETS: Tickets for all our events are available online at https://secretmovieclub.eventbrite.com or through each individual event on our Facebook Page:


Unless otherwise noted, all our movies screen at The Vista Theater, 4473 Sunset Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

We currently are showing 1-2 documentaries with Director Q&A's afterwards a season at the Los Feliz 3, 1822 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027; about 8 blocks from the Vista Theater in Los Feliz.

We also make tickets available at the Vista Box Office.

REFUNDS: We will honor all refund requests as long as they are made 24 hours or more before the listed start time of the screening. After that, no refunds. Sorry.

HOW DOES A SECRET MOVIE CLUB 2019 SINGLE SEASON or MULTI-SEASON ALL-ACCESS PASS WORK: If you buy an SEASON or MULTI-SEASON ALL-ACCESS PASS (access to all movies we’re showing within one season or multi-seasons as listed on the pass), you get entrance into every single movie we show throughout that time (including any special events we may announce at a later time; so your value may increase!). We offer SPRING and SUMMER 2019 SEASON PASSES individually (for example, if you know you will be able to attend in Spring but not Summer; a great deal at $6 a ticket) and a MULTI-SEASON PASS (all 83 events in both Spring & Summer 2019, our best deal at $4.50 per ticket). These passes are available through the following EVENTBRITE LINK:


If you decide to buy the SEASON or MULTI-SEASON ALL-ACCESS PASS and have already bought a series pass or individual ticket, just write us: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com and we’ll issue you a refund for the individual tickets you bought so you can get the all-access pass.

Each pass is available for purchase online until the start of the first event of the season that would be covered by that pass.

With the ALL-ACCESS 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.

HOW DOES A SERIES PASS WORK: If you buy an Individual Series Pass, you gain entrance to all movies in that series. This is our next best deal at $9 a ticket after an All-Access pass at $4.50 or $6.00 a ticket. 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.

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 the Series Pass through any individual Eventbrite link for a movie in that series. Then, 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.

MOVIEPASS AND OTHER PASSES LIKE IT (as of February 2019): While we do accept and want you to use your special passes, we advise all moviegoers to first check the current rules and regulations of their pass to make sure their pass is accepted for our events. Secret Movie Club and the Vista Theater are not associated with nor responsible for any changes in policy on the part of any outside vendor offering a pass to Los Angeles screenings or any similar service.

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

PARKING: The Vista has no dedicated parking lot. Thankfully, there is parking in the residential areas around the Vista Theater. Just plan to get to the theater 20 minutes earlier than normal so you have enough time to park, walk to the theater, get your tickets, get in line. Make sure you read the street signs! Hillhurst and Sunset Drive tend to be the best for street parking. Avoid Rosalia and Commonwealth as they have permit-only parking rules. We don’t want any Secret Movie Clubbers getting parking tickets.

SHOWTIMES: We screen our movies before or after the Vista’s official movies. This is why most of our showtimes are either at 11:59pm or between 10am-11am in the morning. Always check the listed showtime before buying your ticket as we do sometimes have to adjust the showtime to accommodate the running time of the movie.

MAILING LIST: We started as a secret email list way back in April of 2016. In respect to our origins, we will always announce our upcoming seasons, special events, and speakers with the ability to get tickets via the email list first before posting to Facebook or anywhere else. 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 . We work to respond asap within receipt of your email. If you don't get a response within 48 hours, please email us again.

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