Classic film musicals at the Bankhead

Series proving popular with movie-goers

The Classic Film Musicals Series continues at the Bankhead Theater with MGM's "Showboat," at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24. The star-studded classic was released in 1951 with big dances and songs including "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" and "Ol' Man River," with Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel and Ava Gardner.

On Wednesday, Nov. 28, Judy Garland and her three sisters are caught up in the excitement of preparing for the 1904 World's Fair in "Meet Me in St. Louis," from 1944. Garland sings the iconic "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" to her youngest sister, played by Margaret O'Brien.

The musical fun continues in 2019 with "American in Paris," "Singin' in the Rain," "Easter Parade" and "Shall We Dance."

The series, presented by the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, is a chance to see films on a larger screen with good acoustics the way they were intended. The evening includes a newsreel and cartoon of each era. Fresh popcorn, drinks and movie theater treats will be available for sale.

The past movie showings were well-attended, and in a follow-up survey, everyone praised the nostalgic, upbeat experience.

The Bankhead Theater is located at 2400 First St. in Livermore. Tickets are $5 each; visit or call 373-6800.

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