Here’s looking at some free Casablanca tickets, kid. Classic film is free on big screen in 20 cities nationwide
By Peter Covino
Arts & Entertainment Editor
Some 75 years after its release, Casablanca is still one of the greatest films ever made. Sure there have been many collector anniversary editions released over the years (I even own a few), but it is one of those rare films that is so nice to see on the big screen.
Central Florida residents (and residents in 19 other U.S. cities) will get that rare chance to see Rick and Ilsa (Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman) on the big screen once again as TCM celebrates its 20th anniversary by screening the landmark film in 20 cities across the nation this Tuesday (March 4).
And now, here is the really good news: All of the screenings are free. The tickets are free, but you do have to download your tickets from the TCM 20th Anniversary website: tcm.com/20. CM’s special screenings of Casablanca will begin at 7:30 p.m. local time in all 20 cities. In Central Florida, the film will be shown at Regal Winter Park.
If you have never attended a press screening (this is not one), here’s a little advice. I don’t think there is a limit in the amount of tickets that will be downloaded from the website, so having a ticket will not guarantee admission. Arrive early if you want to make sure you get a seat. I’m just guessing, but I think being at line at 6:30 p.m. is probably a good idea.
Orlando was actually one of the “voted in” locations for the film. Nearly 10,000 fans helped to choose 10 of the markets that would host the screenings. TCM had previously announced the 10 other markets that would show the film.
Presented in collaboration with Warner Bros., TCM’s 20-market screening of Casablanca is one of many events surrounding the celebration of the network’s 20th Anniversary as a leading authority in classic film.
If you are reading this in say, Sherman, Maine, I am including the complete list of theaters screening the film, so you can see if there is a location near you.
The following is the complete roster of theaters that will be showing the film:
Atlanta, Ga. – Regal Atlantic Station
Baltimore, Md. – Landmark Harbor East
Boston, Mass. – AMC Boston Commons
Buffalo, N.Y. – Regal Walden Galleria
Chicago, Ill. – Music Box
Dallas, Texas – Angelika Film Center
Denver. Colo. – Landmark Mayan
Detroit, Mich. – Uptown Palladium
Houston, Texas – Regal Edwards Marq’E
Los Angeles, Calif. – Landmark West
Miami, Fla. – AMC Aventura
Minneapolis, Minn. – Landmark Lagoon
New York, N.Y. – AMC Lincoln Square
Orlando, Fla. – Regal Winter Park
Philadelphia, Pa. – Ritz East
St. Louis, Mo. – Wehrenberg Chesterfield Galaxy
San Diego, Calif. – Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas
San Francisco, Calif. – Cinemark Century 9 SF Centre
Seattle, Wash. – AMC Pacific Place
Washington, D.C. – Landmark E Street
If you somehow are clueless on Casablanca, here is the storyline and cast (via the TCM press release):
Casablanca is Warner Bros.‘ Oscar-winning wartime romance. Widely regarded as one of Hollywood’s greatest films, the movie stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre.
In Casablanca, Bogart plays Rick, a nightclub owner who gets involved in smuggling refugees out of Vichy-controlled Casablanca. Bergman is Ilsa, the woman he once lost and who is now seeking to escape the Nazis with her husband, Victor (Henreid). And Rains is the corrupt police inspector whose loyalties are hard to place.
Casablanca earned eight Academy Award nominations, winning Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director (Michael Curtiz) and Best Screenplay (Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch).
If you miss the screening, you can pick up the latest restored, elegantly packaged gift set edition, Casablanca 70th Anniversary 3-Disc Blu-ray + DVD Combo Edition is available for purchase. The limited and numbered collection contains almost 14 hours of bonus materials, with five comprehensive documentaries, commentaries and collectibles that include a 60-page production art book with never-before-seen photos, personal memos and archival documents, a reproduction of the original 1942 film poster and a set of four drink coasters. In addition, Casablanca is available as a single-disc Blu-ray or Special Edition DVD, as well as being offered as part of a Blu-ray Double Feature with African Queen, and included in the Best of Bogart Collection.
And speaking of African Queen, you can see that classic Bogart film (co-starring Katharine Hepburn for free as well, March 19 at 12:30 p.m. at the St. Cloud Community Center.
Bogart was nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award three times (Casablanca and The Caine Mutiny were the others) and won it for his portrayal of coarse boat captain, Charlie Allnut. Hepburn was nominated for Best Actress in the film as well, as was the screenplay and director (John Huston).
The movie is free and so is the popcorn. The screening is for adults ages 18 and up.