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Catch ‘White Christmas’ on the big screen in Leadville

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO, Colorado

LEADVILLE, COLORADO ” ‘Tis the season.

And what would the holiday season be without Christmas movies?

While most everyone has a favorite holiday movie ” choices ranging from “It’s a Wonderful Life” to “The Grinch that Stole Christmas” ” perhaps the most universally liked holiday film is Irving Berlin’s 1954 classic “White Christmas.”

If you’re a fan of the film, then mark your calendar for Sunday, Dec. 2.

The Independence Film Fest of Colorado, which held its inaugural event in September, will be hosting what it’s billing as “A Special Holiday Movie Event” on Dec. 2 at the Silver City Cinema.

Festival founders Lawrence David Foldes and Victoria Paige Meyerink are bringing a new 35mm film print of the original Technicolor negative of “White Christmas,” which stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney to the mountains.

Foldes said this will be the first in a series of film-themed events supporting the film festival with the objective of bringing classic and inspiring motion pictures and related cultural programs throughout the year to Lake and Chaffee counties.

The showing at the Silver City Cinema will take place during Leadville’s Victorian Days weekend. Prior to the film, costumed carolers will open the program and refreshments will be served starting at 3 p.m. “White Christmas” will screen at 4 p.m. followed by a dinner reception (wine included) with live music by the Mountain Minstrels of Colorado at the historic Silver Dollar Saloon.

Meyerink, a child actress who co-starred with Danny Kaye on his CBS variety series for four years, will introduce the movie and share her remembrances of working with Mr. Kaye.

“We are so appreciative of the continuing support of several of our founding sponsors ” the Silver City Cinema, Silver Dollar Saloon, High Mountain Pies, Silver King Inn, the Inn at Buena Vista, Arkansas Valley Publishing, Colorado Mountain News Media and VistaWorks. They help make it possible for us to bring such unique film events here,” Meyerink said.

“We are excited about the new theater seats recently installed in the Silver City Cinema and the new configuration. With the gracious help of Dave Norbut and Derek Olsen, the IFFC salvaged the seats from a theater in Vail and donated them to Bob Calder,” Foldes said.

Tickets are $39 for the movie and dinner program, $12 for the movie only (reduced price for children under 12 ” $18 movie and dinner, $8 movie only) and are available online at http://www.independencefilmfest.com and at the Leadville and Buena Vista chambers of commerce. All proceeds will help fund the second annual IFFC scheduled for Sept. 3-7, 2008 in Leadville, Buena Vista and Salida.


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