Movies to See in L.A. This Week: A Steve Coogan Preview ?and Blazing Saddles
If you were a teen during summer in the early 1900s, you might have gone out for a nice trolley ride. That’s what happens in the Judy Garland musical classic Meet Me in St. Louis, where young Esther falls in love with the boy next door and tries to get his attention. The film will screen tonight at 8:15 p.m. at the Old Town Music Hall, with a sing-along and an organ-accompanied comedy silent short before the film. Encore showtimes on Saturday and Sunday; check oldtownmusichall.org for details.
Also about the World War I era is the weekendlong series at the Egyptian titled The Great War: A Century’s Hindsight. On Friday, there will be a free screening (first come, first served) of Royal Cousins at War at 7:30 p.m., a documentary about Kaiser Wilhelm II, Czar Nicholas II and King George V — all cousins — and the roles they played in igniting “the war to end all wars.” The full lineup is at americancinemathequecalendar.com.
Saturday, Aug. 2
See one of AFI’s top-ranked comedies of all time at the Eat|See|Hear outdoor event at the Autry National Center, which kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Long before A Million Ways to Die in the West, there was Blazing Saddles, a satirical Western that features a conniving governor who seeks to cause the ruin of a town by hiring its first black sheriff. Free parking is available at the L.A. Zoo parking lot, and feel free to bring your pups! For the list of food trucks that will be on-site and to purchase tickets, go to bit.ly/laweeklyblazingsaddles.
See also: More L.A. Weekly Film Coverage
Sunday, Aug. 3
Cinefamily will be showing The Trip to Italy, the upcoming comedy starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as two men who travel around Italy eating the most amazing of dishes, ahead of its Aug. 15 release date at the Landmark. Tickets are free, but there’s a catch: You must pre-register at cinefamily.org, and even then, you aren’t guaranteed a seat. So come early — or just wait for two weeks.
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