BATAVIA – "Casablanca" fans will get one more chance to see the 70th anniversary showing of the iconic film at 7 p.m. April 26 at the Randall 15 IMAX theater at 550 N. Randall Road in Batavia.
The historic film has a connection to the Fox Valley. John Qualen, an actor in "Casablanca," was born in Elgin in 1899 and was posthumously inducted into the Fox Valley Arts Hall of Fame earlier this year. He graduated from Elgin High School in 1920 and won a scholarship to attend Northwestern University in Evanston. He also starred in "The Grapes of Wrath."
“Tens of thousands of fans nationwide celebrated the 70th anniversary of this beloved classic in local movie theaters, with the event becoming the top box office performer that night for many locations across the country,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president for NCM Fathom Events. “We’ve heard from many fans of this iconic film asking for another opportunity to enjoy it on the big screen, so we’re happy to be able to play it again on April 26.”
Movie audiences in theaters nationwide will be able to experience the time-honored classic in a digital presentation by NCM Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Warner Home Video. The event will feature a special introduction by TCM host Robert Osborne who will discuss "Casablanca’s" enduring legacy and reveal some of its fascinating behind-the-scenes stories.
"Casablanca" starred Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid and became one of the most romantic films in the history of cinema. It won three Academy Awards in 1944 including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay.
Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.
• Mike Van Der Harst is the features editor of the Kane County Chronicle. “The Second Row” will feature coverage of arts and entertainment events throughout the area. Contact him at 630-845-5233 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MikeVDH1.