EDWARDSVILLE — To celebrate the fourth anniversary of the Wildey Theatre’s re-birth in downtown Edwardsville, the Friends of the Wildey are showing the classic film “Singin’ in the Rain” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9 at the Wildey.
This 1952 musical comedy, starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds, was selected four years ago by the Edwardsville community as the first movie to be shown on the Wildey’s big screen at its re-opening on April 9, 2011, after nearly three decades of being closed. The first 50 patrons at the event will receive a free umbrella, courtesy of The Bank of Edwardsville.
Hailed as one of the best American musical comedies ever made, Gene Kelly stars as a legend of Hollywood’s silent film era who finds his career jeopardized when he and his shrill-voiced leading lady must appear together in a “talkie.” Unforgettable performances by co-stars Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor and Jean Hagen, along with memorable songs, lavish dance numbers and the iconic song-and-dance routine in the rain have prompted the American Film Institute to name “Singin’ in the Rain” as the fifth-greatest motion picture of all time.
“What a glorious feeling to be celebrating four years of entertaining the community at the Wildey by showing this fantastic film,” Friends of the Wildey President Rich Walker said. “It’s one of those movies that was meant to be viewed in a historic theater, on a 30-foot screen with friends at your side and a bucket of popcorn on your lap.”
Tickets for “Singin’ in the Rain” are $10 and can be purchased online at www.WildeyTheatre.com or by calling (618) 307-1750.
Proceeds will benefit the Wildey Theatre, a city-owned community performing arts theater at 252 N. Main St. in downtown Edwardsville.