ReelMassillon to Screen The Maltese Falcon

News Release:  ReelMassillon to Screen The Maltese Falcon

As part of its 2015 film noir theme, the ReelMassillon series at the Lincoln Theatre, will screen The Maltese Falcon on Thursday, January 15, at 7:00 p.m.     

Movie-goers are encouraged to dress in film noir costumes.  Museum Archivist Mandy Altimus Pond, who has garnered recognition for her artistic portraits of costumed models, will photograph those who arrive in film noir attire.

The Maltese Falcon, starring Hollywood icons Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, and Peter Lorre, is the story of the San Francisco detectives Sam Spade and Miles Archer, gardenia-scented calling cards, and the lust for a priceless statuette of The Maltese Falcon.  The 1941 mystery was written and directed by John Huston, based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett. 

ReelMassillon, a collaboration managed by Kurtiss Hare, is a partnership of the Massillon Museum, the Lincoln Theatre, Historic Massillon Main Street, and Akron Film+Pixel.  Funding for the series is provided by ArtsinStark.  The monthly film series will continue with a screening on Thursday, February 5, of Double Indemnity (1944) starring Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, and Edward G. Robinson.   

"This series will enable the community to experience film noir in a new and exciting way.  It is our hope that screening The Maltese Falcon will pique the interest of those with prior knowledge of the film, and that the remainder of the series will introduce audiences to the wealth of new and historic cinematic treasures in the film noir genre, said Massillon Museum Executive Director Alexandra Nicholis Coon.

Films for this year’s series feature stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those that emphasize 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.  

To complement the film noir film series, Museum Education and Outreach Coordinator Heather Haden will create an exhibition in the Museum’s lower level lobby—Black and Orange Cinema: Film Noir and Massillon, Ohio. It will debut on January 24, when the Museum will celebrate the opening of the Ninth Annual Collage Society of Ohio Exhibition; an exhibition of Published and Unpublished Illustrations by Sean Qualls; and the Studio M exhibition, Artwork by the Massillon Museum Staff.  That event, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., will be free and open to the public with no reservations required.

For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061, visit, 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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