An American In Paris: 1950s Evening at The Hyde Park Picture House Leeds

Classic 50s Hollywood Musical. Check. Glass of Champagne on arrival. Check. Live performances of movie classic by local band. Check. 50s Fancy Dress. Check. Are we going? CHECK.

We’d happily end this post but in the interest of not alienating people who like their sentences strung together, we’ll go into a little more depth! Thursday 18th August sees a fully 50s Hollywood themed night come to The Hyde Park Picture House. Watching a film in their charming cinema is a great experience enough but really getting stuck into the theme makes for a brilliant night.

An American in Paris is a musical telling the tale of an American painter Jerry (Gene Kelly) who working as a painter in you guessed it, Paris meets a wealthy heiress, but matters become quickly complicated when Jerry meets and falls in love with a beautiful young dancer called Lise (Leslie Caron) who is already engaged to a famous cabaret artist. If you love a showtune and forgive some pretty terrible franglais by Kelly then you’re in for a treat. To get you in the mood, here’s a timelessly classic number from the film:

This isn’t the first time the HPPH have run this kind of event, previously having had evenings themed around the 1930s with a screening of Hitchcock and even a celebration British Wartime cinema. Tickets for An American In Paris are available in person from the box office, online or over the phone (0113 275 2045) and are priced at £6-7.50 (bargain!)

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