The Willow Spring Community Foundation will be showing a series of free movies once a month at the Historic Star Theatre. The next movie will be shown on Friday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. The Star Theatre now has a larger screen and a high-definition projector for movie night.
For February, the movie classic, Royal Wedding will be shown. This movie is in color, runs approximately 1 hour and 33 minutes and includes comedy, romance and both singing and dancing musical numbers. All movies will be suitable entertainment for families and the concession stand will have popcorn, snacks and sodas available for $1 each.
Royal Wedding was released on March 23, 1951. Tom (Fred Astaire) and Ellen (Jane Powell) Bowen are a brother and sister dance act whose show closes in New York. Their agent books them in London for the same period as the Royal Wedding. They travel by ship where Ellen meets and becomes involved with Lord John Brindale (Peter Lawford). This causes her to miss a rehearsal. Tom uses the time to dance with a hat rack and gym equipment.
Later, Tom and Ellen attempt a graceful dance number as the ship rolls. Upon arrival, Tom holds auditions and meets Anne Ashmond (Sarah Churchill – Winston’s daughter). There is much indecision by the siblings about their romantic partners even though they are in-the-clouds. Tom dances on the walls and ceiling of his hotel room. All ends well in this light musical. By the way, there is a vaudeville-style dance number in their show that features slapstick.
Marquee lights will flash on Main Street welcoming you to the Star Theatre, a grand old movie theatre that has been restored for Willow Springs and the surrounding communities.