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In the roughly 40 years that the Orpheum functioned as a movie palace, it screened a wide variety of films - the famous (42nd Street, King Kong, The Wizard of Oz, Gone With the Wind, Citizen Kane, Psycho) and the not-so-famous (The Secret Seven, The Cat Creeps, Bundle of Joy, Spring Madness). Now, thanks to the City of Phoenix, FOTOT is getting a chance to bring films back to the Theatre on a (more or less) regular basis.

Beginning next week, and continuing into November, in conjunction with Downtown Phoenix, Inc and FilmBar, FOTOT will be presenting a series of classic films.

Aug. 31 @6:30 CASABLANCA (1942)

A big hit at its premiere, and a film whose reputation has grown over the years, due in part to the star-power of its cast, which included Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henried, Peter Lorre, Claude Rains, Sidney Greenstreet, and Conrad Veidt. It received 8 Oscar nominations, winning for Best Picture, Director (Michael Curtiz), and Screenplay (Julius and Phillip Epstein, and Howard Koch)

Sept. 28 @6:30 SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)

Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis show their feminine side, as they escape Chicago after the Valentine's Day Massacre and join an all-girl band on its way to Florida, in Billy Wilder's riotous comedy. Others in the cast include Marilyn Monroe, Joe E. Brown, and George Raft. Nominated for six Oscars, it won for Costume Design.

Oct. 26 @6:30 CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954)Stories about a strange prehistoric beast lurking in the depths of the Amazon Jungle leads a group of scientists to try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study. Cast includes Richard Carlson, Richard Denning, and Julie Adams.

Nov. 30 @6:30 PSYCHO (1960)

Undoubtedly the best known of Alfred Hitchcock's films; famous for its shower scene, for exterior scenes featuring downtown Phoenix, and for the fact that its star, Janet Leigh, dies 20 minutes into the film. Also in the cast are Anthony Perkins, John Gavin, Vera Miles, and Martin Balsam. The Film garnered four Oscar nominations.

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FOTOT Gives Special Thanks - to the Orpheum's technical staff, Todd Rambo and Dylan Dube. They spent many, many hours helping to install, and then fine tune, the sound system and projection equipment. They take a great deal of pride in the results of their work, and can't wait for the movies to start. (There will be more about these gentlemen in a future issue to the Newsletter.)

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