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Kent State University Museum's Movie Date With Kate Aug. 7

Posted Jul, 22, 2010

On Saturday, Aug. 7, Kent State University Museum’s Movie Date With Kate regional film series joins with PlayhouseSquare’s Cinema at the Square at the Palace Theatre in co-presenting a 2 p.m. screening of the classic Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn comedy Adam’s Rib (1949).

Scene from Adam's RibMovie Date With Kate, which supports the museum’s exhibition Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen, opening Oct. 2, partners with major classic movie venues and cultural institutions throughout Northeast Ohio. Adam’s Rib is the second film in the series. The first film, Summertime (1955), was shown July 10 at the Akron Civic Theatre in association with the Summit County Italian-American Festival.

As does the Akron Civic Theatre, the Palace Theatre embodies the grandeur of the Golden Age of Cinema. Opened as a vaudeville house in 1922 and then modified to show films in 1926, the Palace Theatre is designed in French Imperial Style complete with spectacular marble staircases, Sèvres urns and crystal chandeliers, seats over 2,800 guests, and boasts a 940 square-foot movie screen.

Adam’s Rib is listed by the American Film Institute as seventh in its top ten list of romantic comedies,” said Nathan Scott, venue booking manager at PlayhouseSquare who selected the films for this season's Cinema at the Square series. The popular comedy is also the sixth movie to pair Katharine Hepburn with Spencer Tracy. Tracy and Hepburn – he was always billed first -- did nine films together over a span of 25 years, the first being Woman of the Year (1942) and the last, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner? The couples’ on-screen chemistry and off-screen relationship is Hollywood legend and the stuff of countless books, movies, plays, documentaries (including one by Hepburn on Tracy), magazine articles, blogs and internet postings.

Directed by Hepburn’s favorite director George Cukor (he made 10 movies with Hepburn), the plot pits married attorneys Amanda and Adam Bonner on opposite sides of a trial in which Doris Attinger (Judy Holliday) is charged with shooting her two-timing husband (Tom Ewell). Adding to the hilarious courtroom battle between the sexes is David Wayne as the piano-playing “serpent” in the Bonner household’s Eden, constantly disrupting their domestic Eden with Cole Porter’s sardonic tune “Farewell Amanda.”

And of course, throughout all the shenanigans, Hepburn is dressed beautifully.

“Walter Plunkett’s costumes reinforced Hepburn’s position as an icon for style-conscious professional women,” said Jean Druesedow, the director of the Kent State University Museum, adding that Hepburn even kept the black evening gown she wears in Adam’s Rib for herself. “That dress will be prominently displayed in our exhibition.”

A special $30 Movie/Museum/Reception Package benefiting the museum includes: a movie ticket ($5 value), two passes to the Hepburn exhibit ($10 value), and a special reception with refreshments after the movie at the nearby offices of the newly relocated Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, 1309 Euclid Avenue. To order this $30 package, call the museum at 330-672-3450.

To order tickets for the movie only, call PlayhouseSquare at 216-241-6000, 866-546-1353 or order online at www.playhousesquare.org/cinema. Tickets are $5.

About the Kent State University Museum

Closely linked to the Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Kent State University, the Kent State University Museum contains important collections of fashion and decorative arts; provides students with first-hand experience with historic and contemporary fashions, as well as costumes representing many of the world's cultures; and serves both the university and the community through exhibitions and public programs, and, by appointment, research in the collections. 2010-11 marks the Kent State University’s Museum’s 25th anniversary, and pre-opening programming for the Hepburn exhibit culminates in the museum’s 25th anniversary gala 25 Years of Dazzle at the museum with special guest Robert Osborne, host of Turner Classic Movies. Honorary chairs for the gala are Reuben and Isabel Toledo. After the exhibition opens, a full schedule of events will cover Hepburn’s influence on fashion, her life and artistry, stage and screen costume design, and the impact of the entertainment industry on fashion. For more information, go to www.kent.edu/museum.

About 13th Annual Cinema at the Square Series

This summer the Palace Theatre’s famous screen (a 47-by-20 super Hurly-Glo projection screen) will feature 16 film favorites as The Thirteenth Annual Cinema at the Square Series returns to the Palace Theatre at PlayhouseSquare Aug. 5-22. Moviegoers will be treated to pre-show organ recitals on a restored 1927 Kimball organ that contains 16 sets of pipes, a xylophone, Glockenspiel, a complete set of drums and many cymbals. The organ, donated to PlayhouseSquare in 1975, was painstakingly restored by volunteers and is the perfect complement to your afternoon or evening at Cinema at the Square.

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Media Contacts:
Effie Tsengas etsengas@kent.edu, 330-672-8398
James Harris, jharris@hlcommunications.com, 440-729-1426