Special Event

Grand Reopening

Thursday July 11

Free admission – cash bar

Thursday July 11

Doors 5pm
Walter Martella 5:30 – 6:30
Film 7:00 pm
G – 1 hr 43 min
1952 Musical Comedy

Join us at the grand reopening of the Patricia theatre.

Doors open at 5pm. Walter Martella will play songs from the movies from 5:30 until 6:30. At 7pm, we’ll screen Singing in the Rain, one of the best musicals ever made!

Come see the restored murals, updated concession, and new seats!

There is no movie musical more fun than Singin’ in the Rain, and few that remain as fresh over the years. Its originality is all the more startling if you reflect that only one of its songs was written new for the film, that the producers plundered MGM’s storage vaults for sets and props, and that the movie was originally ranked below An American in Paris, which won a best picture Oscar. The verdict of the years knows better than Oscar: “Singin’ in the Rain” is a transcendent experience, and no one who loves movies can afford to miss it.

The film is a gay, tuneful spoofing of the picture business in the late ‘20s, contains everything to make it a solid hit. With the names and versatile talents of Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds, supported by lilting melodies, wonderful dancing and some very funny comedy, the show just can’t miss being another MGM top-grosser. Arthur Freed’s production is a handsome one, with lavish but tasteful settings, enhanced by beautiful color by Technicolor which makes the film as pleasing to the eye as it is to the ear. Direction, by Kelly and Stanley Donen, is lively, maintaining a tongue-in-cheek quality that keeps the emphasis on laughs.

The performances all are outstanding. Miss Reynolds, besides singing in her own pleasurable style and doing some clever dancing, handles her first romantic lead appealingly and capably. Kelly and O’Connor each can be covered with one word: Great! Miss Hagen turns in a delicious comedy performance as the beautiful movie queen with the cracked voice, and Douglas Fowley is a revelation as a comic, getting howls with his portrayal of a film director slowly going nuts trying to get Miss Hagen to talk into the microphone. Singin’ in the Rain might be the last musical of the ’50s to convey irrepressible optimism through what Alan Greenspan would call “irrational exuberance.”. But what exuberance! Look at it and try to think of a contemporary picture that has half as much vivacity, fun, and joy.