August 8, 2008

Clay Offers Free Screenings of Classic Films

Want to beat the heat but not break the bank as summer winds down? The Clay Center is giving families the chance to do just that with its free series of classic Hollywood matinees.

The films, all from 1950 or earlier, begin at 2 p.m. in the Clay Center classrooms and are free.

The series begins Sunday with 1932's "Tarzan, the Ape Man" starring Johnny Weismuller in the iconic role. Maureen O'Sullivan co- stars as Jane.

On Aug. 17, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers pair up for 1935's romantic comedy "Top Hat." The Oscar-nominated musical also features music from Irving Berlin like "Cheek to Cheek,""Top Hat, White Tie and Tails" and "Isn't This a Lovely Day (to be Caught in the Rain)?"

The series closes on Aug. 25 with "Father of the Bride," and, no it's not the 1991 Steve Martin/Kimberly Williams-Paisley version. Instead, it's the 1950 original starring Spencer Tracy as the father and Elizabeth Taylor as his soon-to-be-wed daughter.

The films all star movie icons featured in the art gallery exhibit "The Best of Photography and Film from the George Eastman House Collection."

That exhibit, on display through Sept. 14, can be viewed at $7 for adults and $5.50 for children and seniors.

Call 561-3570 or visit

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