Events & Appearances

Apr
11
Thu
TCM Classic Film Festival – April 11-14, 2019 @ The Egyptian Theatre
Apr 11 – Apr 14 all-day

 

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banner announcing TCM Classic Film Festifal 2019

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Held over four days in the heart of Hollywood, the TCM Classic Film Festival is a place where movie lovers from around the world can gather to experience classic movies as they were meant to be experienced: on the big screen, in some of the world’s most iconic venues, with the people who made them. Moreover, the TCM Classic Film Festival strives to be a place where a community of movie fans of all ages can share their love of classic movies with each other, make new friends and see films as they are seldom seen today.

SAMSON and DELILAH

(1949, directed by Cecile B. DeMille)

Alan K. Rode will be joined by Victoria Mature to introduce a nitrate print of DeMille’s epic SAMSON and DELILAH (1949). At the Egyptian Theater on April 13, 9:30 pm.

Apr
13
Sat
Samson and Delilah – Special Screening – Egyptian – April 13, 2019 @ The Egyptian Theatre
Apr 13 @ 9:30 pm – 11:15 pm

SAMSON and DELILAH

(1949, directed by Cecile B. DeMille)

Alan K. Rode will be joined by Victoria Mature to introduce a nitrate print of DeMille’s epic SAMSON and DELILAH (1949). At the Egyptian Theater on April 13, 9:30 pm.

photo of Victoria Mature on stage with Alan K. Rode May 13, 2018

Get your tickets here.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Held over four days in the heart of Hollywood, the TCM Classic Film Festival is a place where movie lovers from around the world can gather to experience classic movies as they were meant to be experienced: on the big screen, in some of the world’s most iconic venues, with the people who made them. Moreover, the TCM Classic Film Festival strives to be a place where a community of movie fans of all ages can share their love of classic movies with each other, make new friends and see films as they are seldom seen today.

Sep
6
Fri
NOIR CITY, CHICAGO – September 6-12, 2019 – Music Box Theater @ Music Box Theatre
Sep 6 – Sep 12 all-day

photo of metal framework sign for Music Box Theatre chicago illinois

11th Anniversary NOIR CITY CHICAGO

Alan K. Rode co-hosts a sterling line-up of classic film noir (to be announced — please check this space) which once again will be held at Chicago’s’ gorgeous Music Box Theatre — a classic itself.

Music Box Theatre
3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613


CHICAGO’S VENUE FOR INDEPENDENT, FOREIGN, CULT AND CLASSIC FILMS

Turn onto Southport Avenue and it’s hard to resist the neon beacon that lures cinephiles from across Chicagoland with eight flickering letters—Music Box. It’s a promise of more than just entertainment, but a total experience. It’s a community of strangers coming together over the anticipation of that familiar red velvet curtain rising toward the twinkling, star-covered ceiling. It’s a symbol of Chicago’s go-to venue for independent, foreign, cult, and classic films.

Walk by the ticket window and step back in time to when the ‘20s were still roaring and the theatre first opened—just two months before The Great Depression—on August 22, 1929. It was a time before fluorescent lighting, megaplexes, and artificial butter. And although our ticket prices have changed slightly over the past 90 or so years, the butter on our popcorn is still real.

Each of our theatre’s 800 seats has a story to tell. The stories are more colorful than the decades of films projected here; of first dates that took place under the starry sky; of family traditions revolving around the annual White Christmas singalong; of the ghost some say haunts the theatre to this day. Join us, and make a few memories of your own. It’s certain to be an experience as unforgettable as the film itself.

The Music Box Theatre is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation. SMBC, through its Music Box Films division, also distributes foreign and independent films in the theatrical, DVD and television markets throughout the United States.

Jul
9
Sun
Behind the Blacklist Double Feature: Odds Against Tomorrow and Force of Evil – Skirball Cultural Center July 9, 2023 @ Skirball Cultural Center
Jul 9 @ 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Two black and white movie stills: male stars of odds against tomorrow force of evil.

About the Program

Check out two classic films by Blacklisted screenwriter and director Abraham Polonsky! Born in New York City to Russian Jewish immigrants, Polonsky was a committed Marxist, union supporter, and proud member of the Communist Party. Like many Blacklisted screenwriters, Polonsky continued to write under pseudonyms and fronts. While it is now known Polonsky wrote Odds Against Tomorrow, many of his scripts remain uncredited to this day.

In between films, hear film historian Alan Rode speak with Hank Polonsky about Abraham Polonsky’s experience with the Hollywood Red Scare and its impact on their family.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

11:00 am— Odds Against Tomorrow
This multi-layered film stars Hollywood legends Harry Belafonte, Robert Ryan, and Ed Begley as three desperate men who band together for a dangerous heist. Beyond its gripping plot, Odds Against Tomorrow issues a strong statement about the endemic racism at the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. Directed by Robert Wise. (1959, 96 min. No MPAA rating.)

12:45 pm—Conversation and Q&A with Hank Polonsky
Moderated by film historian, author, and cinema host Alan Rode.

2:00 pm— Force of Evil
Force of Evil stars John Garfield as a lawyer embroiled in a scheme to control “the numbers racket” in New York City, leading to a series of events that test his morality and loyalty. Polonsky’s directorial debut is a poetic urban saga underscoring how unbridled capitalistic greed creates personal debasement and tragedy. (1948, 78 min. No MPAA rating.)


More info and tickets:  Skirball Cultural Center