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Paramount to celebrate Black History Month with Classic Movie Mondays

Published: Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

AURORA – In an effort to showcase African-American films and actors during Black History Month (February), Aurora’s African American Heritage Advisory Board is partnering with the Paramount Theatre.

Movie lovers will be able to enjoy a different film every Monday night during the month of February for $1.

According to a news release, board chairman Toussaint Smith said, “We’re so excited to sponsor the February Classic Movie Mondays. This is a great opportunity to highlight African Americans’ contributions to the Arts and for families to have a fun, affordable night out.” The February Classic Movie Monday schedule includes:

• Feb. 4 – “The Wiz”(1978). The land of Oz is transformed into a modernized urban, African-American experience in “The Wiz.”

• Feb. 11 – “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967). “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” is a drama that addresses the then controversial views toward interracial marriage.

• Feb. 18 – “Glory” (1989). “Glory” follows the journey of a commanding officer and his African-American soldiers as they fight a battle of war and prejudice.

• Feb. 25 – “Car Wash” (1976). “Car Wash” catalogues a day of crazy antics and funny interactions between a multiracial staff at a Los Angeles car wash and its strange visitors.

“The Classic Movie Mondays series has been a real hit,” said Paramount president and chief executive officer Tim Rater in the release. “We hope this celebration of Black History Month will introduce more of the community to all the Paramount has to offer and keep them coming back.”

The first 100 patrons will receive free popcorn and a soda.

Doors open at the Paramount Theatre at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays and shows begin at 7 p.m.  The theater is located in downtown Aurora at 23 E. Galena Blvd.

For information, visit paramountaurora.com or call 630-896-6666.

About AAHAB

The African American Heritage Advisory Board is a non-partisan, Aurora-based board funded by the city of Aurora. According to the release, the board is involved with educating others about the contributions and impact of African-Americans.

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