Senator to screen classic movies

April 03, 2009|By CHRIS KALTENBACH

Classic movies are returning to the Senator this weekend, part of an effort to derail the scheduled April 20 foreclosure auction of the 70-year-old North Baltimore landmark.

Bob Fosse's 1972 Cabaret, with Liza Minnelli in her Oscar-winning role, and Christopher Lee in 1958's Horror of Dracula kick off what outgoing owner Tom Kiefaber plans as a series of classic-film screenings, with proceeds used to defray operating costs and work toward bringing current the theater's mortgage.

Cabaret, which won eight Oscars (and probably would have won nine, had a little film called The Godfather not won Best Picture), is a dynamically decadent look at the rise of National Socialism in 1930s Germany, as seen through the prism of expatriate American nightclub singer Sally Bowles (Minnelli). With energy to burn, the film manages to capture both the exhilaration and the danger of an oblivious life.

Horror of Dracula, an early entry in the horror canon perfected by Britain's Hammer Films, stars Lee as the world's pre-eminent bloodsucker. Says Baltimore Sun movie critic Michael Sragow, "The blood dripping from a vampire's lips was never more erotic than in Christopher Lee's virile impersonation of Count Dracula."

Showtimes for Cabaret are 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Showtimes for Horror of Dracula are 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5.

In addition, the Senator has scheduled a memorabilia sale, beginning at 1 p.m. Friday. Sales will be via cash or check only.

Information: 410-435-8338 or senator.com

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