Turning 75 Algonquin Style

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The Algonquin Arts Theatre is celebrating its 75th anniversary — retro style! On Oct 17th, the Theatre will be partying like it’s 1938 — the year of its founding — with a classic film, interviews with local figures who have played a role in the Algonquin’s success, and, of course, birthday cake! To make the party even sweeter, admission prices will be lowered to 1938 fares, meaning that adults pay $0.15, children under 18 pay $0.09, and anyone born before or in 1938 gets in for free.

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Shirley Temple’s classic musical Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farms was the first movie ever shown at the Algonquin, so it’s only fitting that it will be the feature presentation of the evening. The organizers will show it with a bouncing-ball sing-along, so come prepared to show off your pipes! The celebration will also be the premiere of In Their Own Words, a short film featuring interviews with local residents who have been involved with the Algonquin over the years, from its beginning as a movie theater to its recent transformation into a performing arts venue. And at the end of the night, tickets for the theatre’s 100th anniversary party will be handed out. It’s taking place in 2038, so there’s more than enough time to make plans to attend.

The Algonquin Arts Theatre’s 2013-2014 season is currently underway, and there are many entertaining events on the schedule.Rocky Horror Picture Show will be screened the weekend following the 75th birthday party on Saturday, October 26th. The Orchestra Series kicks off Sunday, October 27th, with the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea performing “Broadway Knights”, a tribute to Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Tim Rice and other musical theater legends. For more information about the current season, check out the Algonquin Arts Theatre calendar.