Vintage Film Series at Sonoma’s Sebastiani Theatre to launch Jan. 21

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The Sebastiani Theatre Foundation presents its 18th Vintage Film Series with classic movies once a month on Mondays from January through June.

The foundation is also offering its Supper Club, which meets at 5 p.m. prior to each of the films. A limited number of spaces in the Supper Club are available for $425 per person. Supper Club members receive reserved seats, a complimentary bag of popcorn and a glass of local wine, after enjoying supper at one of a variety of restaurants, including the Depot Hotel, La Casa, Maya, Café La Haye, the Sonoma Grille, the Swiss Hotel, Suite D, the Red Grape, the Plaza Bistro and others.

A fundraising effort by the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation, the annual Vintage Film Series brings classic films back to the big screen. The 2019 classic film slate includes:

Jan. 21: “Amadeus” (1984)

Directed by Milos Forman and written by Peter Shaffer (original stage play and original screenplay), the film stars F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, and Elizabeth Berridge. The film is the story of the life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Hulce), as told by Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham, who won an Oscar for the performance), the contemporary composer who is insanely jealous of Mozart’s talent and claimed to have murdered him.

Feb. 18: “An Affair to Remember” (1957)

“An Affair to Remember” (1957) was directed by Leo McCarey and written by Delmer Daves, McCarey and Mildred Cram and Donald Ogden Steward and stars Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr and Richard Denning. The film is a romantic tale about a couple who fall in love and agree to meet in six months at the Empire State Building – but will it happen?

March 18: “Arsenic & Old Lace” (1944)

“Arsenic and Old Lace” was directed by Frank Capra and written by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Joseph Kesselring. The comedy stars Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane and Raymond Massey and is the story of a drama critic who learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family.

April 15: “Airplane” (1980)

“Airplane” was written and directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker. The film stars Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, and Leslie Nielsen and is a story about a man afraid to fly who must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick. The film was nominated for both a Golden Globe award and a BAFTA.

May 20: “Amelie” (2001)

“Amelie” was directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and written by Guillaume Laurant and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. The film stars Amelie Poulain and Mathieu Kassovitz. The film is the story about an innocent and naïve girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.

June 17: “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964)

“A Hard Days Night” was directed by Richard Lester and written by Alun Owen. The film follows a “typical” day in the life of the Beatles, including performances of many of their famous songs. It stars John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Patrons are invited to “dress in the era” for each film.

Vintage Film Series tickets can be purchased for $10 per individual movie. Tickets are available in advance or at the door.

Ticket packets, which include one ticket each of all six films, are available for $50 for the entire upcoming series, a savings of $10.

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