May 28, 2013

Driehaus Museum Premieres: "Mix and Mingle at the Movies"

Got Gatsby Fever?  If so, the Museum has the cure with the premiere of its new annual program “Mix and Mingle at the Movies,” which celebrates classic films with a Gilded Age connection. The program debuts Saturday, June 8 at 7 p.m. and features The Great Gatsby (1974).  In homage to Jay Gatsby’s famous parties, this special screening will feature vintage cocktails and a 1920s-style costume contest. 

Baz Luhrmann reinvented The Great Gatsby for the big screen this spring, but the classic 1974 film version—starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow—is still a favorite among film buffs for its faithful rendering of this timeless F. Scott Fitzgerald tale.

“The Museum’s lavish late 19th-century interiors provide the perfect setting for this film,” says Driehaus Museum Director Lise Dube-Scherr . “The Great Gatsby is set in the Roaring Twenties, but this movie was filmed partly on location in the grand Gilded Age-era mansions of Newport, Rhode Island. These palaces share their heritage of opulence, wealth, and entertaining on a grand scale with the Nickerson Mansion.”

The evening commences at 7:00 p.m., allowing guests to indulge in vintage cocktails and explore the Museum.  At 7:30 p.m., guests enjoy movie-style popcorn and the feature presentation, which will be shown in the Museum’s ballroom.  The movie runs 144 minutes, and there is 30-minute intermission for guests to vote for the best dressed 1920s costume.  Costumes are encouraged, but not mandatory. Guests must be 21 or older to attend.

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