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Classic-film series to screen 'White Christmas' Island Company program votes for holida faire at Avalon Theatre B' DENNIS KAISER Avalon Theater's Classic Film program is taking a holiday tuni this month as it screens the classic movie "White Christmas?' The film, starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at the Casino Theatre. The movie will run in place of their regularly scheduled movie for that night. "White Christmas" released in 1954, was named after the song recorded by Bing Crosby in 1942. The song remains the number one, top-charted song of all time, well above other classics songs includ- ing in descending order ,Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley and the Comets, "Overthe Rain- bow" by Judy Garland and "Hey Jude" by the Beatles. The Catalina Island Company's Scott Moyse started the family- friendly film series in August with a showing of "Grease," followed by "The Wizard of Oz" in Septem- ber. "I hope this can become a monthly event" Moyse said at the time. In the spirit of the-classic mov- ies, Moyse and the theater rolled the prices for the classic movies back a few years. "The pric e is only $5 for adults, children, and seniors. I see this as a great oppor- tunity to see a great old classic on the 'big screen,'" he said. Moyse said that modern inno- vations actually helped him decide to start the classic movie program- ming. "It first occurred to us when we upgraded our projection sys- tem that we could play DVDs or BluRay on the big screen. At first we made this an employee only benefit and we showed 'Young NEED A HOME L()AN? Holiday Tour of Lights It's time to put up the Christmas house lights. The 2012 Avalon Christmas Tour of Lights, sponsored by the Cornerstone Teen Center, will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22. Tours will leave from the Wrigley stage aboard the holi- day trolley. Participants will sing songs and appreciate the lights of Avalon. There is no fee to enter your home into the contest. Special prizes will be awarded for the top three entries. To enter your house in the Avalon Tour of Lights home light- ing display-decorating contest, you can either stop by the office of the Avalon Community Church, e- mail ACC90704@aol.com, or call (310) 510-1889. Be sure to give your name, physical address and phone number. Tickets for the Christmas Tour of Lights ride are $2 each or $5 per family. Frankenstein.'" However, in a theater the size of the Casino it still seemed empty. "We then decided to admit the public for a minimal price," he said. "Many of our people had said in the past how cool it would be to see some of the old movies again or for the first time on the big screen and I agreed." Moyse said that the turnout has been good for the screenings, showing that Avalon residents and tourists appreciate the opportunity to see the films in the classic Ca- sino Theatre. The Avalon Theatre is located in the lower level of the Catalina Casino. It features first-run movies and seats 1,184 people. The theater is 138 feet across and 43 feet high. Art deco murals by John Gabriel Beckman adorn the walls and cre- ate a glamorous ambiance. A panel of Island Company employees votes to choose which classic film will be shown each month. "We place ballot boxes through- out the Island Company offices with 10 movies listed-from the genre of the month," Moyse said. "From the people that have gone I have received nothing but ex- tremely positive comments?' Moyse said in September he hopes to eventually involve the community in the voting for the movie. "White Christmas" beat out other classic holiday movies such as "It's a Wonderful Life," "Mir- acle on 34th Street" (with Natalie Wood) and "A Christmas Story?' For more information on the Avalon Theatre's classic film pro- gram, call the theater at (310) 510- 'White Christmas' facts The classic holiday film "White Christmas" like many of the films from Hollywood's Golden Era, has a vivid history and a bit of folklore behind it. Here are some fun facts about the movie that will be screened for the holidays in the Island Company's monthly classic film program that began special showings of the movies in the Casino Theatre in August. Did you know: All of the songs in "White Christmas" were written by Irving Berlin. The movie was marketed to audiences in 1954 as "Irving Berlin's White Christmas" such was his popularity at the time. * The movie "White Christmas" was not the first time the world's most famous holiday song had been sung by Bing Crosby in a movie, It was actually introduced in the 1942 movie, "Holiday Inn." The song "White Christmas" is the best selling song of all time, having sold 'more that 400,000,000 copies since it was first recorded in 1942. "White Christmas" was the top grossing film of 1954. It fea: tured a top-notch cast chock full of actors at the height of their careers--Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen. * "White Christmas" was directed by Academy Award winning director Michael Curtiz who also directed the classic "Casablanca." Five people associated with the film have nine stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame between them: Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye have three each. Rosemary Clooney, Michael Curtiz and Irving Berlin each have one. Bing Crosby was called back to the recording studio in 1947 to re-record "White Christmas" as a result of damage to the 1942 master due to its frequent use. 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