The official TCM website's one line synopsis of this Technicolor classic Rita Hayworth movie reads "A moralist sets out to reform a legendary South Seas floozy." MISS SADIE THOMPSON (1953) was originally released by Columbia Pictures in 3D but has rarely been seen in this format in decades. In the late 1980's it was shown at the former "revival house theatre" known as The Vagabond in the Westlake district (near MacArthur Park) on a couple of different occasions, but other than that has only been screened locally at film collector Jeff Joseph's periodic 3D film festivals (previously only in a 35mm format).
However, with the advent of the latest digital technology, this showing will mark the FIRST known, public, state of the art 3D digital format screening of MISS SADIE THOMPSON in L.A. So we will all share the excitement of seeing Rita burst off the screen!
MISS SADIE THOMPSON is an adaptation of Somerset Maugham’s “Rain” (of which MGM had produced an earlier adaptation which starred Joan Crawford). This steamy tropical melodrama shows Rita in another "bad girl" personna in perhaps one of her best dramatic roles--a viewpoint shared by many highly regarded film critics including Leonard Maltin.
Though this screening is being held at the Egyptian Theatre, it is NOT being presented by the non-profit American Cinematheque. The Eqyptian has been "four walled" (privately rented by Mr. Joseph) and to offset the great expense of presenting many rare 3D films in their original format, a special $18 admission price has been announced. Personally when considering the cost of going to the Arclight or Landmark theatres for new, mediocre, first run movies, the $18 admission price does not seem that out of line--especially for a restored, state of the art showing of a rare 3D classic.
Note: After this screening Jono invites you to join him for drinks (or an early dinner) at a nearby restaurant to be announced closer to this event date.
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Parking: Parking for the Egyptian always involves pay lots, but the cheapest $5 lots are near Selma Avenue & Cherokee behind the theatre (or you can pay $10 or more next to the theatre).