‘Merry musicals’ for movie nights

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‘Merry musicals’ for movie nightsBy NICK ROGERS

“Merry Musicals,” Classic Movie Night’s continuing film series, really gets into the holiday spirit on Wednesday, Dec. 12, with a truly beloved perennial Christmas classic. Director Michael Curtiz’ 1954 box office smash features the Academy Award-winning song from the 1942 holiday classic “Holiday Inn.” Could that beloved song be the title of this film?

Former Army buddies and successful song-and-dance team (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) become romantically involved with a sister act (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general (Dean Jagger) with an elaborate Christmas show.

Historically, this was the first film photographed in Paramount’s widescreen VistaVision process, which did not extend the width of the screen as much as it raised the height, producing a significantly clearer image. It was a forerunner of today’s high-definition presentations. You will definitely note the defined crispness on our big screen at the Historic USO Building.

Celebrate the New Year holiday in Baltimore! Well … sort of! On Wednesday, Dec. 26, at 7 p.m., raise a glass of champagne (…er, uh … let’s make that sparkling apple cider) to the coming year and enjoy the 2007 musical comedy film, based on the 2002 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was based on John Waters’ 1988 comedy film of the same name. The film features a brilliant ensemble singing and dancing cast that includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden, Queen Latifah, Zac Efron, Allison Janney and Nikki Blonsky in her feature film debut. Also featured is … are you ready for this? John Travolta in hilarious singing and dancing drag!

This box office champion, set in 1962 Baltimore, follows the teenager Tracy Turnblad (newcomer Nikki Blonski) as she pursues stardom as a dancer on the local Corny Collins Show and, with her friends, rallies against racial segregation by deciding it’s just not fair that black kids can only dance on the show once a month.

With its superb cast, candy-colored costumes and sets, toe-tapping tunes and breathtaking choreography, this will be the ultimate feel-good movie to close out the old year and ring in the new.

For film titles, call 760-375-8456 or stop in for a film schedule. Films screen on flex Wednesdays at 7 p.m., with our thrifty Snack Bar opening up at 6:30 to serve up all kinds of taste-tempting movie snacks!

Admission is, as always, free, but a much-appreciated $2 donation will definitely put us all in the holiday spirit!

See you at the movies! … during the holidays!

Story First Published: 2018-12-07