My American Cousin will be the final film shown with the Civic Theatre's old 35mm projector.

Cadillac dreams at the Nelson Civic Theatre

On Saturday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m., the Civic offers a special showing of My American Cousin, a Canadian film set in the 1950s.

Bring your Brylcreem! Pompadours and duck tails are welcome at the final film to be shown on the Nelson Civic Theatre’s old 35mm projector. On Saturday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m., the Civic offers a special showing of My American Cousin, a Canadian film set in the 1950s. With the producer and director in attendance and some fun with 50s icons, it’s a great way to wrap up an era.

After a two month, no-holds-barred Community Challenge fundraising drive to raise the $150,000 ticket price for digital conversion, on May 1 the Nelson Civic Theatre Society announced the final tally: $181,425. Now, the Nelson Civic Theatre will show current movies with brand new digital projection and sound beginning in June. The additional funds will assist in essential renovations.

The Civic is set to send off the old 35mm projector in style: on the virtual back seat of a beautiful cherry red Cadillac convertible via this great film. A print of My American Cousin has been graciously donated for screening from the private vault of local producer Phil Schmidt and director Sandy Wilson, who will both be in attendance to mark this event.

Shot in the BC interior, My American Cousin won big at Canada’s 1985 Genie Awards. The life of a bored young Canadian girl (Margaret Langrick) changes dramatically when her older California cousin Butch (John Wildman) visits. With a healthy dose of James Dean rebelliousness, Butch introduces her to rock & roll and chewing gum, among other things.

The Civic is set to kick off a summer of digital films where no man has gone before (or at least, for a number of years) four days a week beginning with Star Trek: Into Darkness in early June. It’s a great start to a long-term project that will see a three-screen theatre for the community to enjoy long into the future. My American Cousin is a fabulous film to say goodbye to the old, and get ready for the new.

For information go to civictheatre.ca.

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