Classic cinema experience set for OCCHS’ ‘Tuesday Nights’

       Tuesday Nights in July is an annual series at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St.
       Typically in the past, this has consisted of speakers on varying historical subjects.
       But this year, as the series is titled, “Tuesday Nights in July Goes to Hollywood.”
       Different classic movies with a Colorado (or even Colorado Springs) connection will screen July 9, 16, 23 and 30. Doors open at 7 p.m., with shows starting at 7:30.
       The public is invited, but advance registration is suggested, because the audience limit each night is 50 people, according to the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the center. A donation of $5 is requested for each show.
       The series will recreate the local movie experience of the 1930s to 1950s, when theaters such as the Chief, the Ute, the Trail or the Tompkins were popular, according to the current OCCHS newsletter, West Word. “What will be unique about this series of movies is the added 'pre-show' that theaters ran during those years,” the newsletter continues. “You got to see film ads from our own homeown industry (the Alexander Film Co.), an animated snack bar commercial, a newsreel, one or two coming attractions, a color cartoon and a short subject. Each one of our showings will have all of these.”
       The last show (July 30) will include Chapter 7 of a Gene Autry serial titled “The Phantom Empire.”
       OCCHS President Sharon Swint credited society archivist Tom Daniels with organizing the Tuesday shows. “He has put in a huge amount of work,” she said. “Following each movie, he will lead a discussion of the events, locations used or characters.”
       Here is the movie schedule:
  • July 9 - “Denver & Rio Grande,” 1952. (a loose portrayal of Colorado Springs founder William Palmer.)
  • July 16 - “The Man of a Thousand Faces,” 1957 (a James Cagney film about the life of actor Lon Chaney, who grew up in Colorado City).
  • July 23 - “Perry Mason: The Case of the Sinister Spirit,” 1987 (made-for-TV, starring Raymond Burr; filmed in Colorado Springs, using the Broadmoor Hotel and old El Paso County Courthouse - now the Pioneers Museum).
  • July 30 - “Cripple Creek,” 1952 (a Western, starring George Montgomery).

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