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The operator of the Hilldale Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin has announced that the theater will be closing its doors next month. A press release on the Star Cinema web site says that the theater's doors will be closed forever on December 17, 2006.
To say a final farewell to the theater, audiences will have the chance to see "The Sound of Music" on the big screen, which was the first movie shown when the theater opened in 1966.
The showing will be the popular "Sing-a-Long Sound of Music" event that has made the rounds in the recent years. The audience is encouraged to dress up in character and sing along to the popular songs. There will even be subtitles so even if you can't hit the notes, you won't mess up the lyrics!
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You can read the full press release below.
Madison, Wisconsin - On January 19th 1966, the Hilldale Theatre opened its doors with the "The Sound of Music". Now after 40 years of showing great films to the Madison community, those doors will be closed forever on December 17th 2006. But audiences will have the opportunity to see "The Sound of Music" once again on the big screen and help Hilldale Theatre celebrate its final weekend with a very special version of the film.
The Hilldale Theatre will be showing the "Sing-a-Long Sound of Music" on December 15th, 16th, and 17th with two shows each day at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. For those of you not yet converted, this sing-a-long version is a screening of the classic Julie Andrews film musical in glorious, full-screen Technicolor, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along!
The fun filled program starts with a vocal warm-up lead by your host for the event, who will take you through the complimentary "magic moments pack" containing various props to be used at strategic points throughout the show.
Then of course there is the famous costume competition in which everyone who has dressed up is invited to the stage to show off their tailoring skills. Prizes will be given out for the most creative. Costumes are not obligatory but highly recommended! Previous entries have included:
- Nuns of both genders
- Ray, a drop of golden sun
- Girls (and boys) in white dresses with blue satin sashes
- A lonely Goatherd
This is the perfect night out for families, co-workers, or anyone who's ever shed a tear during "Edelweiss".
We invite all our friends to come on down and help us celebrate our final weekend with this super spectacular event.
For ticket information call the Hilldale Theatre at 608-238-0206.
Source: Star Cinema Press Release
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