Senator will begin screenings of big classics for two months

March 12, 1991

The Senator Theater begins a special two-month film festival pTC Friday with the screening of the 1961 ''West Side Story.'' The musical will remain there through March 21.

Other films scheduled:

"The Sound of Music,'' March 22 to April 4;

''Doctor Zhivago,'' April 5-18;

''Ben-Hur,'' April 19 to May 2;

''Spartacus,'' the restored version starring Kirk Douglas, opening May 3 and running open end.

Tom Kiefaber, owner-manager of the Senator, said the titles were the most requested ''road show'' features. All these films were shown on a reserved-seat basis when they first played Baltimore.

All the films will be presented, wherever originally intended, with overtures and intermissions. Each will be preceded by a color cartoon.

The ''Spartacus'' print will include scenes that were cut from the original because they were considered too much for the 1960 audience.

One is a scene between Tony Curtis and Laurence Olivier who, in this one instance, will be spoken for by Anthony Hopkins. The visual was intact, but the sound was missing. Spartacus was the slave who led a revolt against Rome.

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