Is there a better venue around for viewing classic film? Judging from the longevity of The Paramount Theatre, not many can think of a better place. Austinites have long known the majesty of this movie palace, but now another cinematic pillar has given their own stamp of approval by selecting the venue for a very special screening. Turner Classic Movies (which easily happens to be my favorite TV channel of all time) is celebrating the history of Hollywood with a limited tour across the country, and Austin is one of the chosen. The film? Rio Bravo, the 1959 Western classic directed by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson and Angie Dickinson.
Why are they doing this, you ask?
To celebrate their upcoming TCM Film Festival, where they exhibit vintage classics on the silver screen, the folks at Turner Classic Movies are travelling to ten different cities, taking their festival on the "road to Hollywood." Hosting the event here in Austin will be TCM's own Ben Mankiewicz. Consider it a live-action version of the insightful screenings found on the channel.
Not only do you get to: see Rio Bravo on the silver screen, see career-best performances from Deano and The Duke, enjoy Mankiewicz as host, and hear the powerful score by Dimitri Tiomkin (including a haunting use of the bugle call "El Degüello"), but there is a special guest. In attendance that night (for a pre-show Q&A) will be the legendary Angie Dickinson herself.
Need I say anything more? I thought not.
Want one last incentive? Okay. You asked for it. It's free. Go ahead and download your free pass here. But don't forget to get there early. The Paramount may host history on a nightly basis, but if you miss this one you'll surely regret it, pilgrim.
TCM presents Rio Bravo at The Paramount Theatre on Saturday, April 16th. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Red carpet is at 6:45 and the film begins at 7:30.