OSWEGO — The Oswego County Historical Society proudly presents the 75th anniversary of “Gone With the Wind.”
The classic film will be featured on November 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the historic landmark Oswego Theatre at 138 W. Second St.
All proceeds from the event will support the Richardson-Bates House Museum in Oswego.
“This is an exciting night for the historical society to bring a epic film to Oswego,” said Justin White, president of the board of trustees. “Many interesting details have been added to make this move a special event in Oswego’s historic cinema theatre. The ticket fees will help us support the ongoing maintenance and necessary preservation needs of society’s museum.”
The movie tickets were designed by Oswego Printing to emulate the original ticket of the film premiere at Lowe’s Grand Theatre in Atlanta in December of 1939.
“There is nothing like seeing this timeless film on the big screen,” said White. “It is a whole different experience than seeing it on television. This will be a special opportunity to both celebrate and enjoy the anniversary.”
“Gone With the Wind” is considered one of the greatest movies every made in cinema history. According to Guinness World Records it is also the highest grossing box office film ever with inflation. It has sold more that 283 million tickets worldwide.
The movie will be shown in the main auditorium of the historic Oswego Theatre. The theatre was designed by prolific international theatre architect John Eberson in the Art Deco design. It opened to the public in January of 1941. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
“The historic Oswego Theatre is the perfect place to host the movie, since it was built in the same era ‘Gone With The Wind’ was released,” said White.”It is a unique example of Art Deco architecture and will be a special place to show the film.”
Tickets are $20 per person and are available at the Oswego Theatre at 138 E. Second St. and river’s end bookstore at 19 W. Bridge St.
Since the tickets were designed in keeping with the original one they will make a great souvenir.
The Oswego County Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the rich history of the county.
The society maintains and operates the Richardson-Bates House Museum, a historic landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The museum is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1 – 5 p.m. and other days by appointment.
For more information visit the museum website at www.rbhousemuseum.org for regular updates or call during regular hours at 343-1342.