The Bankhead Theater is welcoming back its "Classic Film Musical" screening series this week with the 1955 hit "Guys and Dolls."
Adapted from the stage musical and starring Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando, the movie follows gambler Nathan Detroit (Sinatra) and man-about-town Sky Masterson (Brando) and their efforts in love -- with Nathan's longstanding fiancee Miss Adelaide (Vivian Blaine) and Sister Sarah Brown (Jean Simmons), respectively.
Perhaps its best-known song would be "Luck Be a Lady," performed in the movie by Brando as Sky but later made famous as a signature song professionally for Sinatra.
"Guys and Dolls" will be screened on Wednesday (Sept. 22) at 7 p.m. at the Bankhead in downtown Livermore. Tickets are $5 each.
It is the first in Livermore Arts' 2021-22 "Classic Film Musical" series. The other movies on the list are:
* "Anchors Aweigh" (1945), starring Gene Kelly, on Nov. 17.
* "The Bandwagon" (1953), starring Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse, in February.
* "Hello, Dolly!" (1969), starring Barbra Streisand and Walter Matthau, in March.
* "The Sound of Music" (1965), starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, in April.
* "Camelot" (1967), starring Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave, in May.
All of the film musicals will be screened on Wednesday evenings and, in keeping with the traditions of the era, each is presented with a cartoon preceding the main feature, organizers said. Popcorn, movie treats and beverages will be available for sale in concessions too.
Additionally, the Bankhead is extending its "Family Film" series this year to include the Mel Brooks' classic "Young Frankenstein" (1974) on the afternoon of Oct. 31 and the animated movie "The Polar Express" (2004), starring Tom Hanks, on the afternoon of Dec. 26.
To learn more, visit livermorearts.org.