Film Classics on the Big Screen

The Movieland Bow Tie Cinema at Boulevard Square shows classic films on the weekends. These events, called “Movies and Mimosas,” give families the opportunity to see old classics on the big screen. The films played are legendary, award-winning films appropriate for families and friends to watch in the movie theater. On Bow Tie Cinema’s website, one can suggest an old movie to be played on the weekend. Adding to the allure of these events is the fact that the ticket cost is half the usual movie ticket for an adult. This experience is perfect for anyone who loves old Hollywood or who just enjoys movies.

I have seen three classics at the Bow Tie Cinema: Casablanca, Holiday Inn, and White Christmas. I am obsessed with film classics, and since I am a three-time attendee of these events I check the schedule every weekend for a “new” old movie that I can watch the way it should be, on the big screen. Each time I’ve been, the theater has been almost full with families and friends, so you always have to show up early. The quality of the motion picture has been always as expected and allows the viewers to watch the old film as if it were released today.

Casablanca is a romantic drama that premiered in 1942, starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid. The film takes place in Casablanca, Morocco during World War II, when Europeans were trying to flee Europe to America to get away from the dreadful war. Not only did The New York Times describe Casablanca as one of the most “exciting and trenchant” films of its time, but it’s also ranked third on American Film Institute’s (AFI) top 100 list for the greatest American movies of all time. A very famous line came out of this motion picture: “…Here’s looking at you kid,” spoken by Humphrey Bogart as nightclub owner Rick Blaine. This movie is now one of my favorites because of the action, romance, and one of the best scripts of all time.

The stars of Holiday Inn.

Holiday Inn, another black and white motion picture, is a dramatic musical starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Virginia Dale, and Marjorie Reynolds. Three performers, Jim (Crosby), Ted (Astaire) and the lovely Lila (Dale) have a great performing act where they sing and dance. When Lila decides to run off with Ted and get married, Jim decides it’s time to realize his lifelong dream of living on a farm. When he admits that performing is still his passion, he turns his farm into an Inn that is only open on the holidays for entertainment and fun for his guests. As a big fan of Bing Crosby, I thoroughly enjoyed all of the singing and lovely songs throughout this whole film. This movie was perfect with the holidays coming up and with White Christmas the following weekend.

The last scene of White Christmas.

Holiday Inn’s sequel, White Christmas, became possible because of the Academy Award-winning title song that first premiered in Holiday Inn. The song, written by Irving Berlin and sung by Bing Crosby, became so popular that it won the Oscar for best original song. Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen, and Rosemary Clooney (aunt of George Clooney), this 1954 romantic comedy is filled with lovely music and dancing, just like Holiday Inn. Two entertainers, Bob Wallace (Crosby) and Phil Davis (Kaye), meet a pair of sister entertainers, Betty Haynes (Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen), and try and save an old Vermont inn owned by the entertainers’ past general from the army. I really enjoyed this film not only because of the touching story of two soldiers wanting to do something nice for their former general, but because I saw the prequel a week earlier. Watching Holiday Inn and White Christmas almost back-to-back made the films even more special.

Every time I went to see these three films, I went with my mom. As a mother-daughter outing, we would go to the movie in the morning then go to lunch together. Not only did I enjoy seeing each old classic because of my love for old films, I also got to enjoy spending time with my mom, which can be very difficult as a high school senior. The next films on the “Movies and Mimosas” schedule are A Christmas Story (December 12 & 13) and It’s a Wonderful Life (December 19 & 20).

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