There’s no more ideal place to see one of the best-loved musicals of all time,1952’s Singin’ in the Rain, than the Smithsonian’s new movie palace, the Warner Bros. Theater at the Museum of American History. And who could be a better host than Patricia Kelly, wife of the film’s star, co-director, and choreographer, Gene Kelly. Joining her is the legendary actress and dancer Rita Moreno, who played starlet Zelda Zanders in the film.
The evening begins with a reception where you can see a variety of artifacts from the Warner Bros. archives. Patricia Kelly introduces the film and answers questions with Rita Moreno before the film. If you like, come in your wellies and slickers. You’ll leave “laughing at clouds”—and with a DVD of the film, courtesy Warner Bros.
Devoted to America’s film legacy and exploring how the American experience has been portrayed through film, the new theater has been made possible through a gift from Warner Bros. Entertainment, a subsidiary of Time Warner. For information on free screenings of Don Juan, The Jazz Singer, and The Broadway Melody July 14 and 15, go to americanhistory.si.edu/events. Assistive listening and Rear Window open captioning devices are available. All programs subject to change.