ReelMassillon to Screen Double Indemnity

News Release:  ReelMassillon to Screen Double Indemnity

As part of its 2015 film noir theme, the ReelMassillon series at the Lincoln Theatre, will screen Double Indemnity on Thursday, February 5, at 7:00 p.m.     

Double Indemnity—starring Hollywood icons Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, and Edward G. Robinson—is a 1944 film noir classic. An experienced insurance salesman has an affair with the seductive wife of a client. They devise a scheme to kill her husband to receive proceeds from an accidental death insurance policy that offers twice the amount based on a double indemnity clause. When the husband is found dead on a railroad track, police determine it to be an accidental death. However, the insurance analyst and the victim’s best friend suspect murder.

Movie-goers are encouraged to dress in film noir style. Museum archivist Mandy Altimus Pond, who is recognized for her artistic portraits of costumed models, will photograph those who arrive in film noir attire. A new exhibition in the Museum’s lower level lobby—Black and Orange Cinema: Film Noir and Massillon, Ohio—provides costume ideas through black and pwhite photographs and film clips.  This and other MassMu exhibits can be viewed until 6:30pm on February 5, before the movie begins.

ReelMassillon, a collaboration managed by Kurtiss Hare, is a partnership of the Massillon Museum, the Lincoln Theatre, Historic Massillon Main Street, and KinoArts. Funding for the series is provided by ArtsinStark.    

Films for this year’s series feature stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those emphasizing cynical attitudes and sexual motivations—usually from the early 1940s through the late 1950s. The film noir genre of this era calls to mind a low-key black-and-white visual style. Each ReelMassillon film is accompanied by a program narrative—guest lectures, discussions, or complementary activities and exhibitions at the Massillon Museum.

The screenings are open to the public with a suggested donation of $7. The Lincoln Theatre is located at 156 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon. Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots.  

For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061, visit, follow @reelmassillon on Twitter, or check Facebook at reelmassillon. 

The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.  

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