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NEW YEAR'S EVE DINNER AND A CLASSIC MOVIE...

The traditional way to enjoy to ring in a New Year in the Big Apple is to watch the ball drop  at Time Square. Down the road at the George Eastman House in Rochester, classic cinema lovers can instead end 2012 in style by enjoying a fabulous dinner and two motion picture classics. What a great date night!

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     TO CATCH A THIEF                       DESIRE

Take a step back in time with a choice double feature of To Catch a Thief (with Grace Kelly and Cary Grant) and Desire (with Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper) at the Dryden Theatre, following a dinner in the café. The menu includes chicken Marsala with pasta, or beef stroganoff over rice, with crabcakes and assorted sides. Gelato or popcorn are included. George Eastman is considered the Father of the Motion Picture, so this is an appropriate way to enjoy the final holiday of the season.

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For the last six-plus decades, classic and current film faire have found a home at this historic location. On January 2nd, the Dryden Theatre will close for two months for renovations. The original seats from their opening night in 1951 will be replaced. New carpet will be tacked down, and a fresh coat of paint will be applied to add new luster. For the first time, a digital projector will join the film projectors. The curators also plan on fastening a brand new wide screen. The familiar gold curtain that rises before each performance will stay. However, the concession stand will be removed. Cinema Paradiso is the final scheduled screening on New Year’s Day.

The George Eastman House is located at 900 East Ave., and the doors will open at 5p. The cost for the stylish event is $25 per person.

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As the Rose Parade in Pasadena is on the horizon, let me take a look back at a bit of the  frivolity from the New Year’s Day annual tradition. In the 1913 parade, Mack Sennett and his Keystone Film Company entered the parade — as a guise to cleverly shoot some footage for an upcoming movie starring Buster Keaton. Sennett was notoriously clever in finding novel ways in order not to pay extras in his silent films. This publicity photo confirms his Sennet’s intentions.

Enjoy!

 

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