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READER’S CHOICE – News-Gazette Film Series: IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD, WORLD (1963)

June 25, 2016

Date/Time(s): Sat, June 25, 2016 – 1pm and 7pm
Seating: General Admission
Rating: G

Tickets: $6
Add’l per ticket processing fees apply: $1 (online only)
Film critic, Chuck Koplinski, will not be available to speak on this date.  He will, however,  resume on August 6th for Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)


The people have spoken – the Reader’s Choice voting is in!
The movie with the most votes will be shown at 1pm and 7pm, June 25, 2016, at the Virginia.  And the winner is…

It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
(3hr 25min)  With this all-star Cinerama epic, producer/director Stanley Kramer vowed to make “the comedy that would end all comedies.” The story begins during a massive traffic jam, caused by reckless driver Smiler Grogan (Jimmy Durante), who, before (literally) kicking the bucket, cryptically tells the assembled drivers that he’s buried a fortune in stolen loot, “under the Big W.” The various motorists setting out on a mad scramble include a dentist (Sid Caesar) and his wife (Edie Adams); a henpecked husband (Milton Berle) accompanied by his mother-in-law (Ethel Merman) and his beatnik brother-in-law (Dick Shawn); a pair of comedy writers (Buddy Hackett and Mickey Rooney); and a variety of assorted nuts including a slow-wit (Jonathan Winters), a wheeler-dealer (Phil Silvers), and a pair of covetous cabdrivers (Peter Falk and Eddie “Rochester” Anderson).

Come 30 mins early to the 1pm screening to enjoy music performed by Virginia Theatre organist David Schroeder before the film!

THE CANDIDATES (and the results):
It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) Comedy – THE WINNER with 31% of the vote
Key Largo
(1948) Drama – SECOND PLACE with 27% of the vote
Citizen Kane (1941) Drama – THIRD PLACE with 10% of the vote
The Wizard of Oz (1939) Family – FOURTH PLACE with 21% of the vote
Stagecoach (1939) Western – FIFTH PLACE with 7% of the vote
Mildred Pierce (1945) Drama – SIXTH PLACE with 4% of the vote

Join us one Saturday each month as we screen the most beloved classic films of all time. Virginia Theatre organist David Schroeder performs on the Virginia’s historic Wurlitzer Pipe Organ at most News- Gazette screenings, and film critic Chuck Koplinski leads discussions after all of our evening screenings. NEW this year: before each 7pm News-Gazette film, take a trip back in time with a short sing-a-long with David at the Wurlitzer and our historic glass slides as your guide! The Virginia Theatre houses one of the largest collections in the country of these unique glass slides, each set printed with the lyrics to a classic tune from days gone by. Warm up your pipes and bring the whole family!


June 25, 2016
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Champaign, IL 61820 United States
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