Lindo Theatre Welcomes Classic Westerns to the Big Screen

FREEPORT (WIFR) -- As a tribute to the Western film genre, the Lindo Theatre in Freeport has announced its next film series – Return to the Old West. The series will kick off on September 4th with “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (1948). All show times are at 1 and 7 PM on select Wednesdays at the Lindo Theatre, located at 115 S. Chicago Avenue in downtown Freeport. This film series is co-sponsored by the Stephenson County Museum and Highland Community College. Admission to the Return to the Old West Film Series is $20 for the entire series or $5 per movie and tickets are available at the Lindo Theatre box office.

Lindo’s Return to the Old West Film Series will bring the following classics back to the big screen: “Johnny Guitar,” “The Searchers,” and “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.” And, as an added bonus for those who purchase tickets to the entire series, the Lindo Theatre will offer complimentary admission to the 1954 musical film, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” on December 4th , 2013.

Schedule for the Return to the Old West Film Series at the Lindo:

September 4th – “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (1948)
Fred C. Dobbs and Bob Curtin, down on their luck in Tampico, Mexico in 1925, meet up with a grizzled prospector named Howard and decide to join with him in search of gold in the wilds of central Mexico. Through enormous difficulties, they eventually succeed in finding gold, but bandits, the elements, and most especially greed threaten to turn their success into disaster. Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston and Tim Holt

October 2nd – “Johnny Guitar” (1954)
Strong-willed saloon-casino owner Vienna squares off against her nemesis, the shrieking Emma Small, who wrongly blames Vienna for her brother's death. Starring: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden and Mercedes McCambridge

October 23rd – “The Searchers” (1956)
Ethan Edwards returned home after the Civil War to find the Comanches have raided his brother’s Texas ranch and captured his niece. He and his nephew begin a quest of many years to bring her home. Starring: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter and Natalie Wood

November 6th – “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962)
When Senator Ransom Stoddard returns home to Shinbone for the funeral of Tom Doniphon, he recounts to a local newspaper editor the story of who shot Liberty Valance, local ruffian and robber. Starring: John Wayne and James Stewart

December 4th – “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (1954)
In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too. Starring: Jane Powell and Howard Keel

The films in the series have been selected with the assistance of Dr. Ed Finch, Executive Director for the Freeport Historical Museum, and Alan Wenzel, Speech and Communications Instructor for Highland Community College. There will be a brief introduction before each movie and a discussion led by Dr. Ed Finch and Alan Wenzel following the movie. Movie-goers are encouraged to stay after each film to participate in this exchange.

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