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Opening Night Gala Film Announced!

06/30/15  |  Posted by Cinematheque  |  Posted in Cinematheque

LISTEN TO ME MARLON to be shown at opening night gala “Lumière” on Aug. 1
LISTEN TO ME MARLON, an acclaimed new documentary about Marlon Brando derived from hours of private audio tapes recorded by the actor, will be the movie shown at the grand opening of our new auditorium, the Peter B. Lewis Theater, on Saturday, August 1, at 7:00 pm. The film will be the centerpiece of our opening night gala, entitled “Lumière,” that also includes food, drink, and desserts, and will offer moviegoers their first look at the state-of-the-art, 300-seat auditorium boasting both digital and film projection and 7.1 digital sound. Tickets to the gala cost $100 ($500 at the patron level) and can be purchased here. The Peter B. Lewis Theater, named for the Cleveland philanthropist, is located inside the Cleveland Institute of Art’s brand-new George Gund Building at 11610 Euclid Avenue in the growing Uptown district. This will be the movie’s Midwest premiere. Here's the trailer.

LISTEN TO ME MARLON, directed by Stevan Riley, premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it was hailed as a “masterpiece” by The Village Voice. Culled entirely from 200 hours of self-reflective private recordings that Brando made at home, in business meetings, under hypnosis, in therapy, and elsewhere during his life, the film offers an unprecedented and intimate look at one of the screen’s most talented and enigmatic actors. The filmmakers had the full cooperation of the Brando estate, so they augment the actor’s voice with a wealth of film and TV clips, rare photos and home movies, and newsreel footage.

“Lumière”—the French word for “light” (the name also evokes the pioneering filmmaking brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière, who shot and publicly exhibited history’s first motion picture in 1895)—is the first of four Spectrum CIA 2015 events to celebrate the transformation of CIA and its unified campus. All four celebrations are described at

LISTEN TO ME MARLON is not the movie that Cinematheque patrons voted for as the "first film that the Cinematheque should show in its new auditorium." The winner of that contest, which has not yet been announced, will be shown on Friday, August 7.

By popular demand, advance tickets to THE LAST PICTURE SHOW on July 30 will be available -- and can be purchased now
A number of people have asked whether advance tickets can be purchased to our 7/30 showing of THE LAST PICTURE SHOW. (This will be the last Cinematheque film shown in our home of the past 29 years, the Russell B. Aitken Auditorium inside the Cleveland Institute of Art building at 11141 East Boulevard.) The answer is now "yes." You can buy them immediately at or by clicking here. The service fee is around $1.25 -- a cheap price for knowing that you won't be shut out of this historic screening.

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