In a complement to their World War I: Longmont & the Great War exhibition, the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center will host a series of films about the Great War Thursday nights March 1-22. In addition to four fantastic films, the Museum will show the silent film, Wings, with a live orchestra on Sunday, March 18. Help the Museum commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I this March at one of these captivating movies.
The Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Rd., will host a series of films that illustrate life during World War I for their Views & Brews film series Thursday evenings March 1 through 22. All movies are paired with a signature cocktail, and the Museum’s galleries will remain open from 5-9 p.m. on movie nights. Exhibits can be toured for free (with purchase of a movie ticket).
In addition to the Thursday night Views & Brews film series, the Museum will host a special screening of the silent film, Wings, with a live orchestra on Sunday, March 18. Wings is the most famous silent film made about World War I, winning the very first Oscar for Best Film. The aerial adventure features two fledgling aviators itching to take on the Kaiser’s aces. The movie features Clara Bow, Charles “Buddy” Rogers, Richard Arlen and Gary Cooper.
The Mont Alto Orchestra, a five-piece chamber orchestra, will perform the musical score for the film. Mont Alto was formed in Colorado in 1989, and they have scored more than 125 silent films with historic orchestrations. The special screening of Wings at the Museum’s Stewart Auditorium will take place on Sunday, March 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15/Adults; $12/Veterans, Students and Seniors. Tickets for the special presentation of Wings can be purchased by visiting longmontmuseum.org or by calling 303-651-8374.
The WWI Views & Brews film series will take place March 1, 8, 15 and 22. The Museum will be open for extended hours on these evenings from 5-9 p.m. A cash bar and the Swan Atrium will open at 6 p.m. and the movies will begin in the Museum’s Stewart Auditorium at 7:15 p.m. Tickets for the films (includes free admission to the Museum’s exhibits) is $8/General Admission; $5/Museum members. Signature cocktails, beer, wine and snacks will be available for purchase. The four movies being shown for this series are listed below, along with online links to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the Museum Box Office at 303-651-8374 or at the door.
Longmont Museum World War I Views & Brews Film Series
The African Queen (1951)
Thursday, March 1, Rated PG
Paired with “The Riverboat” cocktail
Humphrey Bogart stars as Charlie Allnut, the slovenly, gin-swilling captain of a tramp steamer called the African Queen, which ships supplies to small East African villages during World War I. Katherine Hepburn plays Rose Sayer, the maiden-lady sister of a prim British missionary. When Germans invade, Charlie offers to take Rose back to civilization.
Purchase tickets to The African Queen here.
Wonder Woman (2017)
Thursday, March 8, Rated PG-13
Paired with “Golden Lasso of Truth” cocktail
Diana, princess of the Amazons, is trained to be an unconquerable warrior and raised on a sheltered island paradise. When a pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside humankind in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and her true destiny.
Purchase tickets to Wonder Woman here.
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Thursday, March 15, Not Rated
Paired with “The Trench” cocktail
This film follows a group of German schoolboys, talked into enlisting at the beginning of World War I by their zealous teacher. The story is told entirely through the experiences of the young German recruits and highlights the tragedy of war through the eyes of individuals. The film is not about heroism, but of drudgery and futility and the gulf between the concept of war and the reality.
Purchase tickets to All Quiet on the Western Front here.
War Horse (2011)
Thursday, March 22, Rated PG-13
Paired with “The Whistle” cocktail
At the outbreak of World War I, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. Albert, though still not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find Joey and bring him home.
Purchase tickets to War Horse here.
World War I: Longmont & the Great War is at the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center February 2 through May 13. Admission to the exhibition is $8/Adults; $5/Veterans, Students and Seniors; FREE for Museum members and children 3 and under.
The Longmont Museum & Cultural Center is located at 400 Quail Rd. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1-5 p.m. For more information on the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center, and to find out how to become a Museum member, visit longmontmuseum.org.
Cover Photo:The History Channel at history.com