'Hollywood at the Bijou' film screenings to return to Bristol Historical Society

Published on Monday, 14 May 2018 21:04


BRISTOL - From carousels to killer brains, Cortlandt Hull has announced several upcoming programs at the Bristol Historical Society.

The following programs will be held at the Historical Society at 98 Summer St.

The society will hold an Open House June 9 from 2 to 3 p.m. Kids will be able to take photos with a life-size figure of Yoda from Star Wars and Hull will be showing an hour of classic cartoons.

Hull’s “Hollywood at the Bijou” film screenings will also make their return starting June 29 at 7 p.m. and June 30 at 1 and 7 p.m. with a 1950s sci-fi double feature of “Fiend Without A Face” and “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”

All films in this series will be shown on film reel, not video, and refreshments will be available in the lobby. Each screening will also show classic cartoons or Three Stooges shorts. Admission to all of these screenings is a $3 donation.

“We did one show already this year but now we’ll be back to a regular schedule,” said Hull. “With the renovations that had been going on at the Historical Society, we weren’t sure when it would re-open. But with the new shades in the event room, we will now be able to keep the room nice and dark for our afternoon showings. I know that a lot of people will be looking forward to this double feature; it’s like what you would see at a 1950s drive-in.”

The following film screenings have also been announced:

n A Vincent Price & Christopher Lee double feature of “The Haunted Palace” and “The Devil’s Bride” June 27 will be shown at 7 p.m. and July 28 at 1 and 7 p.m.

n “Arsenic and Old Lace,” starring Cary Grant, Jean Adair, Peter Lorre and Hull’s late great aunt Josephine Hull will be shown Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 11 at 1 and 7 p.m.

n A Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi double feature of “Son of Frankenstein” and “White Zombie” will be shown Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 1 at 1 and 7 p.m.

n On July 19, Hull, along with Bill Finkenstein, the founder of the New England Carousel Museum, will host a program titled “Amusement Park Art and Restoration.”

“I first started working with Bill in 1984, shortly after he opened the museum,” said Hull. “Since then, I have worked on more than 90 carousels throughout the country, including three of the six Binghamton carousels as well as some in Syracuse, Rochester, New York, and Virginia.”

The presentation will include a slide show and large easel sketches which Hull used to plan the paintings. Most carousels, Hull said, were made in the heyday of the 1920s. Hull said he has done his best to emulate the style of the period, which straddles a fine line between realism and folk art. Finkenstein has also worked on bumper cars and other attractions at these various parks.

“Some bumper cars look like the space ships you’d see in Flash Gordon,” said Hull.

Hull will also have copies of his documentary on the Aurora Monster model kits craze, hosted by late horror host John Zacherle. a.k.a. “The Cool Ghoul,” available for purchase at all Hollywood at the Bijou screenings.

For more information, call 860-583-8306 or visit preservehollywood.org.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com

Posted in The Bristol Press, Arts, Bristol on Monday, 14 May 2018 21:04. Updated: Monday, 14 May 2018 21:06.