The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are to celebrate actor Danny Kaye’s centennial with an outdoor screening of “White Christmas.”
Screenings will take place Thursday, December 6, and Friday, December 7, at 7 p.m and include special guest appearances from
Dena Kaye, Mary Crosby and Monsita Ferrer Botwick, the daughters of Kaye, Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, respectively.
Too LA for snow? Well, Hollywood special effects professionals will provide snow at the open-air theater on the Academy-Hollywood campus.
“Directed by Michael Curtiz with songs by Irving Berlin, “White Christmas” tells the story of song-and-dance team Bob Wallace and Phil Davis (Crosby and Kaye), two World War II veterans who team up with sister act Betty and Judy Haynes (Clooney and Vera-Ellen) to raise money for a struggling Vermont inn run by Bob and Phil’s former commanding general. The film earned an Oscar® nomination for the original song “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” music and lyrics by Berlin.
Tickets to “White Christmas” are $5 for the general public, free for children 10 years and younger, and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Seating is unreserved. Tickets for Friday’s screening are sold out, and tickets for Thursday night are available online atoscars.org/outdoors. Gates open at 6 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring low lawn chairs, blankets and warm clothing. Hot chocolate and holiday treats will be available for sale from some of Los Angeles’s most popular food trucks. Picnic baskets, beer and wine are permitted.
The Academy Hollywood campus is located at 1341 Vine Street in Hollywood (between De Longpre Avenue and Fountain Avenue, and between Vine Street and Ivar Avenue). The campus is accessible via the Metro Red Line train and the Metro Local 210 bus. Free parking is located behind the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study. Enter from Homewood Avenue off Vine Street, one block north of Fountain Avenue. The lot opens 90 minutes prior to the event and closes 30 minutes afterwards. For additional information, visit oscars.org/outdoors or call (310) 247-3600.
The Academy’s Science and Technology Council will also present a special screening of “White Christmas” on Sunday, December 9, at 1 p.m. at the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael. Hosted by Academy member Rob Hummel, the program will feature a discussion with Academy Award®-winning visual effects supervisor Craig Barron on VistaVision, the widescreen film format that was first used to create this holiday favorite and subsequently used on more than 90 films in the 1950s and beyond. The Smith Rafael Film Center is located at 1118 4th Street. For ticket information, visit cafilm.org.
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