Old time movie buffs, listen up. The Road to Hollywood tour, featuring free screenings of some silver-screen classics, will wind its way into our area this month. Turner Classic Movies (TCM), the cable movie channel, is sponsoring the five-city road trip. The events will help launch the first- ever TCM Classic Film Festival.
On Thursday, April 8, the District will be stop number four on the nationwide tour, and TCM hopes to draw a crowd at the Avalon Theatre (5612 Connecticut Ave. N.W.) with a free screening of "The More the Merrier," a 1943 film set here in the nation's capital. Jean Arthur and Joel McCrea star as a couple of strangers who end up sharing a D.C. apartment during a wartime housing shortage. Actor Chares Coburn won the an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his hilarious performance in the film.
Besides a free film, you get commentary from two well-known faces in the entertainment arena. TCM’s weekend host Ben Mickiewicz will join George Stevens Jr., founding director of the American Film Institute. The two should have some interesting insights into the making of the comedy. George Stevens’ father directed "The More the Merrier," now considered a classic in movie history.
You can download your free tickets for the April 8 event here.