Sunrise Theatre / Fort Pierce, FL

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Friday July 1, 2011

St. Lucie County Edition

Classic Showing

By Jennifer Trefelner

What better way to beat the heat than relaxing in an elegant theater watching a classic movie, indulging in tasty snacks and having a cocktail bar at your disposal?

Fortunately for us, the Sunrise Theatre in downtown Fort Pierce is offering free movies this summer on its big screen!

Thanks to sponsors Humana & Coast 101.3 FM, every Sunday at 3 and 7 p.m. from July 10 through Aug. 28 we will be able to watch classic movies in a classic venue.

Pick up free tickets between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Sunrise, 117 S. Second St. Tickets are limited to four per person, and there is no assigned seating.

The usual movie snacks will be served from the concession area, but unlike your typical theater, the Sunrise has a full bar available.

I think guests will enjoy watching these classic films in a historic theater, said Sunrise executive director John Wilkes. The majority of (the free) films have been previously shown … when the Sunrise originated as a movie theater.

My husband has fond memories of enjoying his first big screen experience at the Sunrise Theatre, coming downtown for a fun evening movie with his family. We are blessed that this great tradition has returned to St. Lucie County this summer!

For more information, visit, www.Sunrise Theatre.com.

July 10

"Gone with the Wind"(divided into two parts)

This film, based on the 1936 best-selling book by Margaret Mitchell, sold more tickets than any other box-office hit. It was seen by more than double the amount of movie-goers of "Titanic." Wilkes said some guests are planning on dressing like antebellum Southerners.

July 17

"Citizen Kane"and "All the President’s Men"

Kane is a newspaper tycoon who dies uttering his cryptic last word, "Rosebud." He leaves a reporter with the job of uncovering the significance of it. The next film, "All the President’s Men" stars Robert Redford, which uncovers the details of the Watergate scandal leading to President Nixon’s resignation.

July 24

The Godfather (parts I and II)

"The Godfather," a film about the power struggles of a fictional mafia family, received Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay, and is ranked third on the American Film Institute’s top 100 movie list.

July 29

"Some Like It Hot"and "Rebel Without A Cause"

Marilyn Monroe is chased by the cross-dressing Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in the afternoon. At night, Natalie Wood runs around with bad boy James Dean.

Aug. 7

"The Wizard of Oz" and "The Wiz"

Take the kids to these G-rated movies. First, enjoy the classic in all its Techni-color glory, reveling in Dorothy’s ruby slippers and cheering when the Wicked Witch finally cries, "I’m melting!" Later, check out the Motown version, released in 1978, starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Nipsy Russell.

Aug. 14

"Casablanca"and "The Maltese Falcon"

Watch the danger, love, excitement and quests for passion and power unfold once again. Then realize why Humphrey Bogart was a star.

Aug. 21

"To Kill a Mockingbird" and"Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?"

These films explore racial prejudice. "To Kill a Mockingbird," based on Harper Lee’s novel, takes a more serious approach, and "Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?" allows room for laughs as Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy learn their future son-in-law is Sidney Poitier.

Aug. 28

"Patton" and "Apocalypse Now"

If you like war movies, this is the day for you. Based on the American general’s World War II career, "Patton" is a biographical war film and won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Stay for "Apocalypse Now," which was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry in 2000.

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