‘Singin’ in the Rain’ hits local theaters

‘Singin’ in the Rain’ hits local theaters

From left, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor and Gene Kelly in a scene from ‘Singin’ in the Rain. Courtesy Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.

What a glorious feeling!

In celebration of its 65th anniversary, Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Warner Bros. Entertainment will bring “Singin’ in the Rain” back to nearly 700 select cinemas nationwide on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. as part of its TCM Big Screen Classics series. Running time is 2 hours.

The event, which gives audiences a chance to see Debbie Reynolds in her breakout role and Gene Kelly at the pinnacle of his career, also includes exclusive commentary from Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz, who will give insight into this classic film. Starring Reynolds, Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Jean Hagen, Cyd Charisse and Rita Moreno, the 1952 classic is still as fresh and delightful as the day it was released.

Musician Don Lockwood (Kelly) rises to stardom during Hollywood’s silent-movie era — paired with the beautiful, jealous and dumb Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen). When Lockwood becomes attracted to young studio singer Kathy Selden (Reynolds), Lamont has her fired. But with the introduction of talking pictures, audiences laugh when they hear Lamont speak for the first time — and the studio uses Selden to dub her voice.

“Sixty-five years ago, no one dreamed that we would still be watching ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ in 2017,” said Gene Kelly’s widow, film historian Patricia Ward Kelly. “Gene would be very proud.” “Singin’ in the Rain,” set in the days of Hollywood’s transition from silent films to “talkies,” continues to this day to provide pure cinematic entertainment. Written by legendary musical “book” writers Betty Comden and Adolph Green, “Singin’ in the Rain” was helmed by renowned directors Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards and is the No. 1 musical on the American Film Institute’s (AFI) list of the “25 Greatest Movie Musicals” (2007) and No. 5 on AFI’s “100 Years, 100 Movies” list (2007).

Participating movie theaters in our neck of the woods include AMC Loews Stony Brook 17, 2196 Nesconset Highway, Stony Brook; Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas, 1001 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale; and Island 16 Cinema de Lux, 185 Morris Ave., Holtsville.

Future “TCM Big Screen Classics” films for 2017 will include “Some Like It Hot,” “The Godfather,” “The Graduate,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” “An Affair to Remember,” “All About Eve,” “The Princess Bride,” “Smokey and the Bandit,” “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” “North by Northwest,” “Bonnie and Clyde” and Casablanca.” For more information, visiti www.fathomevents.com.