Academy to Celebrate “Hollywood’s Greatest Year” All Summer Long
Beverly Hills, CA (May 5, 2009) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will kick off summer screening series, “Hollywood’s Greatest Year: The Best Picture Nominees of 1939,” on Monday, May 18, with a big-screen presentation of “Gone with the Wind.” The 10-film 70th anniversary celebration, which will run through August 3, showcases all of the Best Picture nominees from a landmark year that saw the release of an exceptional number of outstanding films. All screenings will be held on Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
The complete schedule for “Hollywood’s Greatest Year” is as follows:
May 18 “Gone with the Wind”
June 1 “Stagecoach”
June 8 “Wuthering Heights”
June 15 “Dark Victory”
June 22 “Love Affair”
June 29 “Goodbye, Mr. Chips”
July 13 “Ninotchka”
July 20 “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”
July 27 “Of Mice and Men”
August 3 “The Wizard of Oz”
All features will be preceded by one of the year’s animated shorts and a chapter of the 1939 serial “Buck Rogers,” starring Buster Crabbe and Constance Moore. Curtain time for all features is 7:30 p.m., and pre-show elements will begin at 7 p.m.
Passes and tickets for “Hollywood’s Greatest Year: The Best Picture Nominees of 1939” are on sale now. Passes for all 10 films in the series are $25 for the general public and $20 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Pass holders will also receive admission to a special screening of the 1939 epic “Gunga Din” on Friday, June 12.
Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. They may be purchased online at www.oscars.org, by mail or in person at the Academy during regular business hours or, depending on availability, on the night of the screening when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310)-247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.
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