I don't think there is anyone who hates classic Hollywood musicals more than my wife. More modern musicals are often acceptable (with some notable exceptions), but when it comes to the classics she would tell you that the genre's Golden Age is not actually made of precious metal, but human excrement. It is honestly quite stunning how venomous she can get should you ask her opinion of classics such as Singin' in the Rain or – especially – West Side Story.
However, the classic Hollywood musical is one of the most beloved genres in American film. The glitz and glamor of the stars singing and dancing their way across the silver screen brings nostalgia and the warm fuzzies to audiences everywhere.
It is to those people that I write this article, for today Tinseltown Theaters presents the 1974 film That's Entertainment as this week's installment in the Cinemark Classics series. That's Entertainment is a compilation film featuring two-plus hours of song-and-dance routines from classic Hollywood musicals. Numbers are performed from High Society, Gigi, Singin' in the Rain, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Wizard of Oz, Anchors Aweigh, Meet Me in St. Louis, On the Town, The Toast of New Orleans, The Broadway Melody, and so many more that I haven't even heard of. In addition the various segments are hosted by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, James Stewart, Bing Crosby, Liza Minelli, Elizabeth Taylor, and Mickey Rooney, to name a few.
It all happens today at Tinseltown, with two showings – at 2:00 and 7:00. Tinseltown is located at 4400 Towne Center Drive, in the Springhurst Shopping Center. Further theater information and showtimes can be found at the Cinemark Tinseltown website.
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