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SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957) – News-Gazette Film Series

April 2, 2016

Date/Time(s): Sat, April 2, 2016 – 1pm and 7pm
Seating: General Admission
Rating: Not Rated

Tickets: $6 On Sale Friday, August 21, 2015 – 10am
Add’l per ticket processing fees apply: $1 (online only)


(96 min) Powerful newspaper columnist J.J. Hunsecker (portrayed by Burt Lancaster and based upon famed newspaperman Walter Winchell) uses his connections to ruin his sister’s relationship with a man he deems unworthy of her. The film is commonly listed among the greatest movies of all time for its street-smart dialog and innovative cinematography. Also starring Tony Curtis and co-written by the great Clifford Odets.

Special Additions:
1pm: David Schroeder will be playing the organ before the movie

7pm: News Gazette film critic, Chuck Koplinski, will be giving a talk after the film, upstairs, in the mezzanine lobby. He talks about the film, has slide show visuals, and really digs deep for interesting info about the actors, director, the film and how it relates to what was going on at the time.


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!



April 2, 2016
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Virginia Theatre
203 W. Park Ave.
Champaign, IL 61820 United States
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