(Why am I suddenly hungering for Rice-A-Roni, or wanting to hear Tony Bennett?)
To be more specific, it's at...
...the Balboa Theater, at 38th Avenue and Balboa Street, a bit west of downtown San Francisco. It's a landmark, dating back to February 1926. And on Sunday, they will honor the place's 83rd anniversary by showing a film from...1927. (Okay, so it's a year off, but who's complaining?) That film happens to be...
"Nice," you say, "but what the heck does that have to do with Carole Lombard?" More than you may think.
You can spot Carole (or Carol, as she was more frequently referred to then), unbilled, in a bit part (http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/33953.html). In fact, here's a frame from the film showing Lombard -- playing a "flirty blonde salesgirl" -- with leading man Buddy Rogers, who later became Pickford's husband:
If you attend, chances are you'll hear a few gasps and "don't I know her?" when Lombard appears on the screen. (Her participation in this fine comedy, Pickford's final silent, was overlooked for decades, and most film buffs still aren't aware she ever appeared in a Pickford film.) Just smile and say to yourself, "I knew."
The "Balboa's Birthday Bash" will also features pianist Frederick Hodges providing accompaniment, some short subjects, vaudeville acts and singer Linda Kosut and magician James Hamilton. It's suggested (but not required) that people dress in vintage clothing to add to the atmosphere.
The doors open at 12:45 p.m. Sunday; the program begins at 1. Tickets are $10, but for only $5 more you can attend both the "Birthday Bash" and the theater's "Oscar Party" which will follow. For more info, go to http://www.balboamovies.com/birthday/. Need directions? Go to http://www.balboamovies.com/index.html and click on this photo:
Even a silent Carole can always show you the way.