Warner Bros.' 75th Anniversary Festival Of Film Classics Will Play Exclusive Engagements at Selected Famous Players Movie Theatres in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver

March 23, 1998


Famous Players will celebrate the cinematic history of Warner Bros. at selected movie theatres in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal with an unforgettable array of classic films in brand-new prints saluting the studio's 75th anniversary this year.

The week-long Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary "Festival of Film Classics" will begin in Toronto at Famous Players' Hollywood Theatre on Friday, April 17th, then will move to the Loews Theatre in Montreal beginning Friday, April 24th and will move to the Capitol 6 Theatre in Vancouver beginning May 1st.

"Famous Players is only two years older than Warner Bros., so the story of Warner Bros. in Canada is closely linked with the growth of our company," said John Bailey, President of Famous Players. "For 75 years we have been privileged to present Warner Bros.' films to our audiences and entertain them with many of the best motion pictures ever made. Now with this Festival, audiences can enjoy these great Warner Bros. films once again and an entirely new generation can discover them for the first time."

The Festival will offer 33 of the studio's finest motion pictures--one decade each day. Among films included in the Festival are such favorites as "The Jazz Singer," "42nd Street," "Mildred Pierce," "Casablanca," the restored version of "A Streetcar Named Desire," "Rebel Without A Cause," "Days of Wine & Roses," "Bonnie and Clyde," "All the President's Men," "The Exorcist," "Blazing Saddles," "A Clockwork Orange," "Lethal Weapon," "Batman," "Driving Miss Daisy," "Unforgiven" and the director's cuts of "Blade Runner" and "The Wild Bunch." Each day during the week-long festival will cover the films of a specific decade from the 1930s to the 1990s.

"We are proud to bring these brand-new prints of some of our most distinctive movies back to the screen, all of them showcasing Warner Bros.' finest talent on both sides of the camera," stated D. Barry Reardon, President of Warner Bros. Domestic Theatrical Distribution. "It's not always easy to see top-quality prints of classic films on the big screen, and many movie buffs have had to satisfy their curiosity about these pictures by watching them in less-than-ideal circumstances.

"Now we're able to offer a full spectrum of wonderful motion pictures in their most ideal setting--in a pristine print on a theatre screen. This retrospective of Warner Bros.' achievements will have something for everybody, from comedy to drama to adventure to fantasy to romance, 75 years of entertainment highlights in one place."

Viewers will have the option of purchasing an all-inclusive Festival pass for $75.00, an all-day ticket which includes five movies from Monday to Thursday and seven movies from Friday to Sunday for $15.00, or one ticket, subject to availability, to a single movie of their choice for $8.50. People purchasing a week-long Festival pass also will receive a souvenir admission tag and a limited-edition commemorative poster.

Beginning Friday, March 27, viewers may order all-inclusive Festival tickets by calling this toll-free number, 1-888-852-2216 or, in Toronto, 416-631-3202. These passes can be picked up at the box office of participating theatres. Courier charges are extra. All-day tickets and single tickets are available from the box office of participating theatres.

Information will be provided in local cities to inform viewers of dates and showtimes for each film, or it may be found on the Internet at www.wbmovies.com/75th

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