'Gone with the Wind' to play at Peery's Egyptian Theater

Friday , February 17, 2017 - 12:00 AM

JANAE FRANCIS, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — “Gone With the Wind,” the 1939 American epic historical romance adapted from Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel, arrives in all its glory next week at Peery’s Egyptian Theater.

The film is the second in the Egyptian’s 20th-anniversary film series in honor of two decades of business at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center.

“Gone with the Wind” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the theater, 2415 Washington Blvd. Admission is $5.

The film tells the story of Scarlett O'Hara, the strong-willed daughter of a Georgia plantation owner, from her romantic pursuit of Ashley Wilkes (who is married to his cousin, Melanie Hamilton) to her marriage to Rhett Butler.

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“Scarlett is a woman who can deal with a nation at war, Atlanta burning, the Union Army carrying off everything from her beloved Tara, the carpetbaggers who arrive after the war,” said Ann Reeder, theater event manager. “Scarlett is beautiful. She has vitality.”

Reeder said the film offers an important piece of history, especially for young people, because it was one of the first films to be filmed in technicolor.

“Seeing this film on the big screen is a totally different experience than seeing it on TV,” Reeder said. “I noticed the amazing lighting effects that Victor Fleming utilized that you just don’t see on a TV screen.”

The leading roles are portrayed by Vivien Leigh (Scarlett), Clark Gable (Rhett), Leslie Howard (Ashley) and Olivia de Havilland (Melanie).

Reeder was surprised when she first saw the film on the big screen. “The audience thoroughly enjoys Scarlett’s antics and laughs at her throughout,” Reeder said. “You don’t think of ‘Gone With The Wind’ as a comedy, but there are parts that are really funny.”

Historically, this film was the first American big studio production to use what was, at the time, a scandalous obscenity, Reeder said.

“This picture is one of those movies that should be on a list for younger adults to view,” Reeder said. “It is referred to in popular culture all of the time. It is a classic with iconic actors and is a must see for everybody.”

Because the film is four hours long with an intermission, the theater will have hot dogs and chicken strips in concessions that can be bought as a dinner. The film begins screening at an earlier time than the other films in the series so people can get home early enough for work and school the next day.

The theater is counting down the decades, with a representative film each month.

Music before and after all the films in the series will be played on the theater’s “Mighty Wurlitzer” pipe organ by Blaine Gale.

For more information, visit egyptiantheaterogden.com or call 801-689-8700.

You may reach reporter JaNae Francis at jfrancis@standard.net or 801-625-4228. Follow her on Twitter at @JaNaeFrancisSE or like her on Facebook at facebook.com/SEJaNaeFrancis. 

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