‘Casablanca’ to be shown at local theater

| July 24, 2014

COSHOCTON – Marty Scholz wants people to be able to see classic movies the way they were meant to be seen – on the big screen.

Shelby Theaters is working with Scholz to start showing old movies once a month, with the first one being “Casablanca.”

“It’s the best loved film of all time,” Scholz said. “I like the music and everything about it.”

The 1942 film will be shown at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6 at the theater. Admission is $5 and also gets attendees a small bag of popcorn. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. and if necessary the film will be shown on both screens at the theater.

“It holds 500 people and I hope it will be full,” Scholz said.

According to the Internet Movie Data Base, www.imdb.com, the movie is set during World War II in Casablanca, Africa. The plot focuses on Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who runs a popular night spot and his former lover Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman), who unexpectedly walks back into his life and brings with her unforeseen complications.

The website also lists the movie as winning Best Picture; Best Director (Michael Curtiz); Best Writing Screenplay (Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch); Best Actor in a Leading Role (Humphrey Bogart) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Claude Rains) at the 1944 Academy Awards.

The film was originally made in black and white, but there are color versions of it and Scholz is hoping that is what the theater is able to get.

She also has organized a 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3 showing of “Sunset Blvd.,” which was made in 1950.

“A lot of classics were made during the war (World War II) and people didn’t have the money to go to the movies,” Scholz said

She has named her event, Play it again Sam, and is hoping to continue having the movies shown once a month as long as adults are interested in coming to watch them.

“Young adults can come too,” Scholz said. “They just need to take a two hour lunch and then make it up. There are so many great old movies and in the ‘40s and ‘50s we really had movie stars.”

The showing of “Casablanca” will last about one hour and 42 minutes.

“I like old movies and this is the first one that is suggested when you talk about them,” Scholz said.

Shelby Theaters is operated by Kim and Jodi Lowe and is located in the Downtowner Plaza. For more on movies showing there, call 622-3456.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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