Alameda Theatre & Cineplex will celebrate its 80th anniversary in style on Thursday, Aug. 16.
The centerpiece of the celebration will be a movie program that recreates the theater's opening night celebration in 1932. It includes Shirley Temple's Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1932), Laurel & Hardy’s The Chimp (1932), the Mills Brothers' bouncing-ball rendition of "I Ain’t Got Nobody" (1932) and a bubbly Betty Boop short.
Tickets are 80 cents per person, and seating is limited. Advance purchase is recommended, and tickets are on sale now at the Theatre Box Office. Anniversary Night ticket revenues will be donated to local charities.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the show beginning at 7 p.m. A red carpet and a vintage vintage car show under the marquee will greet movie goers. Inside, classic movie snacks will be sold for 80 cents each.
Mayor Marie Gilmore and theatre owner Kyle Conner will emcee the festivities, which also include live music and entertainment on the Historic Alameda Theatre stage.
Earlier in the day, free tours of the theater will be offered on the hour from 12 noon to 6 p.m.
For more information, visit the theater's website at www.alamedatheatres.com.