Celebrate Cinema at The Durham The Durham Hotel
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Celebrate Cinema at The Durham The Durham Hotel
Celebrate Cinema at The Durham
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Celebrate Cinema at The Durham

Free  .  Past

The Durham is celebrating 120 years of cinema with unique screenings of original, French films that revolutionized the art of the moving image. Free and snacks included!

By Chelsea Pieroni
Celebrate the 120th anniversary of cinema at The Durham Hotel with afternoon and evening screenings honoring the the brothers Lumiere, who created the first cinematograph program on December 28, 1895 in Paris. Original films from that very first program will be screened. There will also be a special tribute to France, home of the Lumiere family, and a program of "modern" experimental films from the 1920s. All events will take place on the mezzanine level. Admission is free and the public is invited! Here's the schedule.

2 & 4p: Vive les Lumieres!
Short early films by Lumiere and their contemporaries. All of these films are more than 100 years old. Suitable for all ages.

5:30p: Vive la France!
A selection of short French films will be screened, including the lovely "Food for Paris Markets," a locavore documentary from 1948. In Reims they make champagne for the world, in Durham we celebrate with it.

8:30p: Vive le cinema!
A tribute to the cinematograph followed by a selection of experimental films from across the history of motion pictures. Lumiere films of William McKinley's inauguration (March 4, 1897) will be featured, along with "Rain" by Joris Ivens (1928); "The Wonder Ring" by Stan Brakhage (1959); "Who Do You Think You Are?" by Mary Filippo (1987); "Riffs on Potemkin" by Tom Whiteside (2011); and "Historia Calamitatum (The Story of My Misfortunes), Part II: The Crying Game" by Roger Beebe (2015).

Additionally, the mezzanine will be open from 1–5p with opportunities for "hands on" inspection of antique film cameras and projectors. The hotel Coffee Shop is open all day for café beverages, snacks, and afternoon cocktails and food and drink will be available for sale on the mezzanine level between evening programs.

The Durham Hotel
315 E Chapel Hill St
Durham, NC
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Monday, December 28th, 1:00p - 10:00p
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