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When the Movies Come to Town!
75 Years at the Williamsburg/Kimball Theater
-a festival of movie history-
The Kimball Theatre, Merchants Square, Williamsburg
Free Tickets to all events at the Kimball Box Office or 1-800-HISTORY
The Kimball Theatre
The William & Mary Film Studies Program
The Reves Center & the Charles Center at William & Mary
The Williamsburg Theatre (the Kimball Theatre since 2001) turns 75 years old this winter! In honor of this momentous birthday, "When the Movies Come to Town! 75 Years at the Williamsburg/Kimball Theatre" will revisit the history of the movies and going to the movies in our town.
Before we could watch movies at home or on our cell phones, we had to go out to the movies. Our local movie theater has long served as a place to see and experience other worlds while also coming together as a community. "When the Movies Come to Town!" will show a wide selection of films that have played at the Theatre over the decades. With receptions and live performances, talks by renowned scholars and presentations of images and voices from Williamsburg's past, "When the Movies Come to Town!" will provide a fun occasion to get together with neighbors and reflect on what the movies mean and have meant for our community.
Plus—there'll be lots of popcorn!
Valentine's Day Special Event
Romance from Rome to Hollywood to Williamsburg
6:00-6:45pm: A Rome-antic, Saint Valentine's Day Opening Reception
6:45-7:30pm: A demonstration of dance by W&M dance clubs, clips from classic Hollywood musicals, and a few words on dating and the movies in Williamsburg
7:30 pm: Roman Holiday (1953, 102 minutes), introduced by Prof. Anita Angelone, W&M Modern Languages and Literature (Italian)
Westerns, War Films, and Aging Heroes: John Wayne in Williamsburg
2:30-3:00 pm: presentation on John Wayne's film career, local popularity, and visits to town (with a focus on our local veterans)
3:00 pm The Shootist (1976 100 minutes)
King Kong takes Merchants Square!
6-6:30pm: Welcoming remarks by Arthur Knight, Director of Film Studies, W&M
6:30 pm: King Kong (1933, 104 minutes), introduced by Prof. Cynthia Erb, Wayne State University, author of Tracking King Kong: A Hollywood Icon in World Culture.
Forget the movie! Start the show!
10:30 pm: Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, 100 minutes), with student organized onstage show, audience participation (of course!), and reflections on Rocky Horror's local history
Kids at the Movies and in the Movies
10:30-11:30: Short films from The Little Rascals, Disney/Warner Bros. cartoons, Three Stooges, and excerpts from Shirley Temple, Charlie Chaplin, and Buster Keaton films. Fun for kids of all ages!
11:30-12:30 pm: A talk on Shirley Temple and American Kids' Culture by Prof. John Kasson, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, author of The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression
Race Relations in and at the Movies
2:30-3:30 pm: A roundtable discussion on the history of African American moviegoing with Prof. Arthur Knight, College of William and Mary; Prof. Charlene Register, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and Robert Jackson, University of Virginia
3:30 pm: In the Heat of the Night (1967, 109 minutes)
The Southern, American Epic
6:30 pm: Gone With the Wind (1939, 238 minutes), introduced by Prof. Robert C. Allen, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, author of Horrible Prettiness: Burlesque and American Culture
Immigrants, Gangsters, and Art Film
1:30 pm: The Godfather (1972, 175 minutes), introduced by Prof. Anita Angelone, W&M Modern Languages and Literature (Italian)
7pm: Blowup (1966, 111 minutes) ON THE WILLIAM AND MARY CAMPUS, WASHINGTON HALL 201
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