#339 – “Tomorrow is Another Day” but Tonight is the Night to See a Screening of “Gone With the Wind” at The Strand Theatre – Saturday, January 15, 2011

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The first time I read Gone with the Wind, I was 11 years old, reading my mother’s much-loved copy from the 1950s – not a first edition or anything valuable, but I found within those weathered pages, a world in which I felt I belonged. How was it possible that I was born more than 100 years too late for the romance of hoop skirts and balls and chivalry and Rhett Butler! Even though I lived in Florida – which was certainly no Atlanta – and I was the child of {gasp!} Yankees, I felt that I could’ve been Scarlett, if only I’d had the chance.

I taped the movie from cable (onto a VHS, no less!)and watched it until the tape wore out and I had to wait for it to air again to rerecord it. Then when I was in college in the mid-1990s, Gone with the Wind had a limited release to movie theatres, and I spent a couple of Saturday afternoons in the dark with my popcorn, relishing it on the big screen. A chance like that doesn’t come along very often…

Tonight is another one of those chances.

If you’ve never seen Gone with the Wind on a big screen or {double-gasp!} you’ve never seen it at all (“Great balls of fire!”), drop everything and head to The Earl Smith Strand Theatre on Historic Marietta Square tonight – Saturday, January 15, 2011. GWTW is gracing the screen in celebration of the Earl Smith Strand Theatre’s second anniversary, the 80th birthday of Earl Smith, and the 75th birthday of the novel (more to come on this momentous occasion in the future, with lots of events planned around Atlanta!). There is an organ pre-show and sing-a-long at 6:30 PM and the film begins at 7:00 PM. General admission tickets are $15.

And that’s not all! The Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum:Scarlett on the Square is offering free tours to all ticket holders (must show ticket for entry) through January 15, 2011. So make a day of it – buy your ticket online this morning and plan to stop by the museum, then have dinner on the Square before the film!

Trust me on this one: you won’t be able to tear your eyes from the screen, from the gorgeous opening shot of Tara right down to Rhett’s “Frankly, my dear…” I’ll be there, crying right along with Scarlett…and you!

WHERE: Gone With the Wind at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre on Historic Marietta Square – 117 North Park Square, Marietta, GA

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  1. Patti Davis says:

    Could we be separated at birth? Both raised in Florida at the hands of Yankee parents, dreaming of Scarlett, Rhett, Melanie and Ashley? It is one of my all time favorite movies, as it certainly helped me define my self-made Southern roots. xoxoo, Patti

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