‘Sunset Boulevard’ heads to local theaters

‘Sunset Boulevard’ heads to local theaters

Gloria Swanson and William Holden in a scene from ‘Sunset Boulevard’. Photo courtesy of Fathom Events

Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies are bringing the timeless classic “Sunset Boulevard” to select cinemas nationwide for a special two-day event on Sunday, May 13 and Wednesday, May 16.

Winner of three Academy Awards, the 1950 film directed by Billy Wilder stars Gloria Swanson, as Norma Desmond, an aging silent-film queen, and William Holden, as the struggling young screenwriter who is held in thrall by her madness. From the unforgettable opening sequence — a body found floating in a decayed mansion’s swimming pool — through the inevitable unfolding of tragic destiny, “Sunset Boulevard” is the definitive statement on the dark and desperate side of Hollywood. 

The film also stars Erich von Stroheim as Desmond’s discoverer, ex-husband and butler, and Nancy Olson as the bright spot amid unrelenting ominousness. The screening will include an exclusive commentary from TCM Host Ben Mankiewicz. 

Participating movie theaters in our neck of the woods include AMC Loews Stony Brook 17, 2196 Nesconset Highway, Stony Brook at 2 and 7 p.m. on both days; Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas, 1001 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale on May 13 at 2 p.m. and May 16 at 7 p.m.; and Island 16 Cinema de Lux, 185 Morris Ave., Holtsville on May 13 at 2 p.m. and May 16 at 7 p.m. To purchase your ticket in advance, visit www.fathomevents.com.