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That’s Entertainment! (G; 1974) Hosted by Film Historian & Author, Mark Griffin

August 3

Date:
August 3

Showtime:
2 PM

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the acclaimed documentary That’s Entertainment! with a special screening at the Lincoln Theater!

The last major film to be shot at MGM’s world famous Hollywood backlot, “That’s Entertainment!” is a star-studded traipse down memory lane. The film boasts more than 100 classic segments compiled from dozens of MGM’s most popular song-and-dance numbers and features newly recorded footage hosted by a variety of familiar faces, including MGM favorites Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Peter Lawford, Frank Sinatra, Clark Gable and Liza Minnelli.

Mark Griffin, Film Historian and Author, will host this special event screening by presenting a brief introduction to the film and leading a post-screening discussion.

Running Time: 2 Hours, 12 Minutes

This year marks the centennial of the founding of film studio Metro- Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), which produced a series of musicals whose success and artistic merit remain unsurpassed in motion picture history.

Released in 1974, That’s Entertainment! features highlights from dozens of classic MGM musicals, including The Wizard of Oz, Singin’ in The Rain, Show Boat and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

The Lincoln screening will be hosted by film historian and Lewiston native Mark Griffin, author of A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli. Griffin’s book is a biography of the Oscar-winning director whose credits include Meet Me in St. Louis, An American in Paris and Gigi, all of which are excerpted in That’s Entertainment!

“I’m very honored to be introducing this extraordinary film,” says Griffin. “That’s Entertainment! is an extravaganza that really lives up to its name. The incomparable MGM musicals exemplify the magic that was the Golden Age of Hollywood. As Frank Sinatra says in the movie, ‘You can wait around and hope but you’ll never see the likes of this again.’”

Sinatra is one of eleven on-screen narrators in That’s Entertainment! paying tribute to MGM’s fabled history. Elizabeth Taylor, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds and Liza Minnelli are among the other celebrities introducing film clips.

“This movie is one showstopper after another,” Griffin says. “It also showcases the incredible artistry of four legendary performers – Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly and Esther Williams. Each one a uniquely talented icon.”

That’s Entertainment!, which was the sixth highest grossing film of 1974, proved to be so successful that it spawned two sequels, released in 1976 and 1994 respectively.

That’s Entertainment! is about celebrating excellence. The Lincoln Theater is the perfect venue to present this kind of dazzling showmanship and I can’t wait to share it with my fellow movie buffs,” says Griffin, whose most recent book, All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson, inspired a 2023 HBO Max documentary.

 

All ticket sales are final – Nonrefundable and Nonexchangeable.

Tickets are available for purchase at the door beginning 30 minutes before showtime, or in advance* through our online box office.

*Advance tickets or confirmation emails may be printed for admission OR you may check in with your email address at the theater box office when you arrive.