Plaza Theatre 70th Anniversary
ATLANTA, Ga. (December 19, 2009) Many cinema historians cite 1939 as film's finest year. It's also when Atlanta's Historic Plaza Theatre opened its doors, popped its first popcorn and screened its inaugural movie.
To mark the occasion, the non-profit Plaza Theatre presents its 70th Anniversary Gala fundraiser on January 15 hosted by Robert Osborne of Turner Classic Movies. The event will be like stepping back in time. Think 1939 all over again. Drenched in cinematic history and a passion for film, the evening will be a must-see event for movie buffs everywhere.
Period music will fill the air as local entertainer Jim Stacy spins his collection of 1930s vinyl. Vintage decor will dress the lobby, and actors in 30s-era costumes greet guests. Drinks flow as attendees nosh on appetizers. Restaurant gift certificates, event tickets, artwork, movie memorabilia and more pack the silent auction and raffle. Blast Off Burlesque will be entertaining the crowd with lavish costumes and photo opportunities from two of the great films of 1939 - Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz!
The night caps off as the Plaza Theatre's lavish drapes open revealing a rare 35mm screening of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." Cited as one of the best of 1939, the acclaimed movie comes from legendary director Frank Capra and stars the great Jimmy Stewart. Guests receive a special treat as film historian and TCM host Robert Osborne serves as host and discusses the significance of the films of 1939.
The bash also serves as the opportunity for the public to learn more about the Plaza Theatre's mission to provide the community and its future generations a classic movie-going experience. By attending the fundraiser, patrons have a chance to help save the Historic Plaza Theatre from
extinction, a fate suffered by other classic Atlanta movie theaters. The newly formed 501(c)(3) Plaza Theatre Foundation will be using the event to kick off its capital campaign to help ensure the Plaza Theatre is around the next 70 years and beyond. Guests will be some of the first to see the Plaza Theatre's renovation plans and hear about other exciting happenings currently on the drawing board.
Just as the Plaza Theatre is still relevant, so are the films of 1939. In the October issue of Entertainment Weekly, the magazine praises the films of 1939. Throughout the rest of January, the Plaza Theatre will showcase other time-honored favorites from the era: "Gone With The Wind", "The Wizard of Oz", "Gulliver's Travels" and the Buck Rogers film "Planet Outlaws."
Seeing a film at the Plaza Theatre is indeed priceless, and this celebration is the first of its kind in Atlanta.
The Plaza Theatre
1049 Ponce De Leon Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30306
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