The magnificent Art Deco tower of the El Rey Theatre has long been an important landmark in Alex Mullaney’s life.
“My grandparents lived in Ingleside Terrace,” Mullaney says, recalling his childhood in the early 1990s. “I knew we were going to my grandparents’ place because we would see the El Rey.”
On Saturday night the 25-year-old will finally get a chance to watch a film there. The 1,800-seat theater, which closed in 1977 and has operated as a church since, will reopen for a one-night-only screening of “The Smiling Lieutenant” starring Maurice Chevalier – the film playing when the El Rey opened in 1931. It’s a benefit intended to raise awareness of landmarks in the area, with proceeds going to the Geneva Car Barn and Power House. …
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