The Alex Film Society has reserved its last night this season for
love, "West Side Story"-style.
The society's season ends Saturday with two screenings of the 1961
movie musical "West Side Story." The Academy Award- winning musical
stars Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, Russ Tamblyn and George Chakiris.
Chakiris, who plays Bernardo, will also be on hand as the theater's
on-stage guest during the second showing Saturday.
The nonprofit organization shows classic American films at the
historic Alex Theatre at 216 N. Brand Blvd.
Its next season starts Sept. 20, celebrating vaudeville with
Laurel and Hardy's "Sons of the Desert," society President Brian
The society generally shows movies considered to be traditional
American films, which are still popular -- the society's last few
shows have sold out, Ellis said.
"It's much different watching it at home, then the phone rings,"
he said. "It's truly a unique experience to see a film in a crowded
theater on a big screen."
The society shows "West Side Story" at 2 and 8 p.m. Both
screenings will include the 1935 animation short "Music Land," from
Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies series.
Tickets are $7 for the matinee showing and $8.50 for the later
showing. They are available online at www.alexfilmsociety.org, by
phone at 243-2539 or in person at the Alex Theatre Box Office.