So you walked up to the box office window, plunked down the ad you had clipped from the Deseret News and said, "Two for `Ben-Hur,' please," and the cashier said, "Sorry, it's sold out - would you like to see `The Untouchables' instead?"
Hey, "The Untouchables" was OK, but it's no "Ben-Hur."And that's why we've brought "Ben-Hur" back, along with "Singin' In the Rain," both sellouts during the free movie series sponsored by the Deseret News and Cineplex Odeon Theaters a few weeks ago.
And we're also going to be showing "The Wizard of Oz," "Some Like It Hot," "The Sting," "Doctor Zhivago" and "Cat Ballou."
This time the movies will be shown at the new Trolley Square Cinemas, located on the north side of Trolley Square (Sixth East and Sixth South).
Each movie will play only one day, but there will be several showings throughout that day. The screenings are free with an original ad for the series from the Deseret News (the first ad appears this Sunday, then every day for a week beginning Tuesday). Simply present the ad at the box office for two free admissions - if you want to take more people, just collect more ads (no photocopies, please). You cannot purchase tickets to these films; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Here's the schedule (showtimes will be in Sunday's ad and subsequent stories about each film as it plays):
Wednesday, June 29 - CAT BALLOU, the hilarious 1965 comedy with Oscar-winner Lee Marvin in dual roles as a killer with a false nose and an alcoholic gunfighter, and Jane Fonda as a schoolmarm-turned-outlaw.
Thursday, June 30 - SOME LIKE IT HOT, the hysterically funny 1959 farce with Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis as musicians on the lam masquerading as women in an all-girl band, where they meet Marilyn Monroe.
Friday, July 1 - THE WIZARD OF OZ, the classic 1939 musical fantasy with Dorothy and friends following the yellow brick road (three matinee showings only).
Saturday, July 2 - BEN-HUR, the winner of 11 Oscars (more than any other single film to date), and a must on the big screen (two matinee showings only).
Sunday, July 3 - SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, arguably the best movie musical ever made, with Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor at their best.
Monday, July 4 - THE STING, the multiple Oscar-winner with Redford and Newman in top form as gamblers who turn the tables on a high-rolling conman.
Tuesday, July 5 - DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, another wide-screen event, with an all-star cast headed by Omar Sharif and Julie Christie.
See you at the movies, save us the aisle seat and the balcony is closed. - C. Hicks