Calgary Cinematheque invites you to a screening of Christmas in July.
At 1:00PM, as the last attendees take their seats, the main event will begin! Calgary Cinematheque is pleased to present Christmas in July (1940), written and directed by Preston Sturges, as our Season 10 Holiday Interlude.
Jimmy MacDonald (Dick Powell), a low-paid clerk at the Baxter Coffee Company in New York City, is a habitual contest participant, always trying his luck at lotteries, drawings, and slogan contests. His favorite daydream is to one day win the top cash prize for his efforts so he can move out of his noisy tenement apartment on the East Side and marry his girlfriend, Betty (Ellen Drew). Suddenly, Jimmy's fortune changes drastically when he is informed his jingle has won the $25,000 grand prize in his rival company's Maxford Coffee competition. Little does he realize that his sudden fame is completely bogus; it was an elaborate joke engineered by three fellow office workers. But before he learns the truth, he goes on a massive buying spree for his poor neighborhood, compounding the financial problems he will soon be facing.
Christmas in July (1940) was Preston Sturges' second feature film and was completed just before the director's career entered the fast track to success with his subsequent feature, The Lady Eve (1941). In many ways the film shares key similarities to other Sturges' films with its sharp satire of American materialism and its love for eccentric characters, but the tone is closer to the movies of Frank Capra and straddles a fine line between sunny optimism and hopeless pessimism. READ MORE
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Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please feel free to reach out via programming (a) calgarycinema.org.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Plaza Theatre and Kensington have on-street parking, and parkades off 9th St SW or off Memorial Drive SW.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Your tickets can be transferrable under approval by CCS, simply update your registration accordingly before attending event.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes! PLEASE present your ticket or smartphone for scanning at the door. In-person purchases accepted via cash and EventBrite only.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Absolutely, a ticket makes a great gift and shared experience!