I love quotations. Those who know me and my sources realize that a lot of my conversation actually consists of clever things that other people have said first. People who don’t know me so well…well, they just tend to give me odd looks.
Before starting this post, I consulted the American Film Institute’s list of the “100 Greatest Movie Quotes of All Time,” absolutely certain that I’d find what must surely be the most famous line from the movie Star Wars, and was vaguely disappointed to see that Han Solo’s “May the Force be with you” came in at Number Eight, with no other mention of the movie or the series. You see, Star Wars, the 1977 epic space opera that became one of the most popular movies ever and spawned two sequels and a trilogy of prequels, has been chosen to kick off this year’s season of Downtown Friday Nights’ Classic Movies at the Opera House. Yes—the Sumter Opera House, after being closed since December for renovations, will open again on March 9! As part of the new Downtown Friday Nights entertainment series, Sumter’s historic Main Street theatre will once again present movies that this generation has never seen on the big screen.
The 2012 season features a fantastic batch of must-see films of all genres:
Star Wars—March 9
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)—June 8
Peyton Place—July 11
Grease—August 10 (Back-to-school fun, complete with a costume contest!)
Stalag 17—September 14
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?—October 12
My Fair Lady—November 9
A Christmas Carol (1951)—December 14
With admission only $2.50 per person, what has the makings of a better date night or family outing? Films start at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30); popcorn and bottled water will be available for purchase. The Sumter Opera House is located at 21 North Main Street. For more information, please check the City events calendar online here or call the Swan Lake Visitors Center at (803) 436-2640 or toll-free, 1-800-688-4748. See your favorites again, for the first time!
Oh, and about that quote—it was “Luke, I am your father,” of course! How was I to know that the line is actually from The Empire Strikes Back, and what he really said was, “No. I am your father”? You can’t win ’em all…