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Embassy launches noir, sports film series

January 11, 2019

After the success of its 90th anniversary film series last season, Embassy Theatre is bringing movies back to its big screen with two new series, one of which begins Sunday.

“We realized that there was a true love of people seeing movies on the big screen at the Embassy, and especially considering its history as a former movie house,” says Jonah Crismore, chief programming officer. “So we’re actively planning out the next couple of seasons and making film a big part of that planning.”

To start, “Film Noir at the Embassy” will show what Crismore calls three classic representations of the genre beginning with 1941′s “The Maltese Falcon” at 3 p.m. Sunday.

“Falcon” and the following Sunday’s feature, “Double Indemnity,” both played at the Embassy when it was a movie house early in its life. It was known as the Emboyd Theatre until 1952.

On Jan. 27, the Embassy launches its second series, “Sports Flicks: Hoosier State Mayhem 2018,” with “Rudy.” 

“We definitely picked the three films that we felt represented sports in Indiana well,” Crismore says. The sports series also features “Breaking Away” and “Hoosiers.”

Moviegoers will have a similar experience to those that came out for the anniversary series or the annual black-and-white film series, which is being planned for the spring.

The Grande Page pipe organ will play before the movies, which Crismore says has become a selling point of the Embassy’s film series because it isn’t something visitors can hear every day. It also ties into the Embassy’s history.

“Because it used to perform exclusively with silent films back in the 1920s, it’s kind of cool to see that same organ is still in use and still being used to help enrich the art of film for people,” he says.

The Embassy hopes to include some sort of talk with each of the movies, either an introduction by or discussion with a film expert. Details have not been finalized for that portion of the series.

Crismore says Sunday afternoons were chosen because that is when the Embassy has seen success with older movies in previous series. He says he thinks a Sunday afternoon film could become an event the community looks forward to.

“It’s something we hope we can make into a more regular occurrence at the Embassy, so people can start planning their calendars around seeing movies on the big screen at the Embassy,” Crismore says.

: Corey McMaken, The Journal Gazette

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