If you don’t instantly recognize this movie title, chances are you are not well acquainted with The Beatles. If that’s the case, you owe it to yourself to come to the FREE showing of the Beatles’ first movie release on March 14 and see what all the fuss was (and still is) about. This original classic was described by well-known critic Roger Ebert as “Smart, irreverent and electrifying.” It still holds up today largely due to the humorous charm of the Fab Four themselves. But it is also worth seeing the world-famous soundtrack of hit songs performed on film, as well as for the historical nature of the production. Filmed and released in 1964 at the height of Beatlemania, the story is based loosely on a “day in the life” of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. There is a somewhat silly sub-plot revolving around Paul’s mischief-making grandfather, but the film shines most brightly with performances of great musical hits like “All My Loving,” “She Loves You,” “Can’t Buy Me Love” and many more. Even in the 1960’s, critics were kind to this film giving credit to the Beatles for their genuine acting skills and to British director, Richard Lester for his ability to capture the humor and adventure surrounding the world’s most famous ground-breaking band. “A Hard Day’s Night” will begin at 6:30 PM and has a G rating suitable for all audiences. As this film feature is rarely seen on TV, it is a great time to introduce young music fans to early rock history. And some of the older fans will most certainly enjoy fond memories of their favorite music as well.
Before the movie begins, come see the Lyric Players perform a reader’s theatre production with a similar theme to our movie selection at 6:00 PM. They will do a fifteen-minute entertaining scene with minimal props and costuming that OLT audiences are sure to enjoy. This is a great avenue for some of our local actors to showcase their talents, and OLT encourages your attendance for this portion of the evening’s entertainment. It will end in plenty of time for you to visit the concession stand for hot popcorn, soft drinks and candy selections before the movie begins promptly at 6:30 PM.