Fifty years ago on Aug. 11, 1964, the first Beatles film, A Hard Day’s Night, premiered in Toronto at four packed theatres.
The Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave., marks the half-century of this anniversary with an evening devoted to Beatlemania, including a screening of the restored movie and a talk by Mark Lewisohn, considered the foremost Beatles historian in the world, Thursday, July 31 at 7 p.m.
This will be his only public appearance in Canada, although he has been visiting U.S. cities to promote his most recent book, ‘Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years,’ the first in an exhaustive three-volume history of the Fab Four. The project will take Lewisohn, who lives in England, some 15 years to complete.
The evening at The Revue will include screenings of rare footage of the Beatles’ first visit to Toronto in 1964, a 2013 short documentary by Toronto-based filmmaker Luis Garcia about the remarkable impact of a John Lennon statue in Havana, a presentation and Q&A with Lewisohn, and a screening of the remastered movie, A Hard Day’s Night, considered by many to be the best rock music movie ever produced. Also on hand will be Beatles in Canada expert Piers Hemmingsen, who will set the scene a half century ago when the lads from Liverpool landed in this city.
Beatles fans can test their knowledge and win prizes in a challenging trivia quiz, meet Lewison, enjoy a cash bar and have copies of Tune In signed by Lewisohn. And, if they have any Beatles questions, they can ask the expert. The band ‘Glendale One’ will cover Fab Four tunes live.
Tickets are $10 online, www.revuecinema.ca; or $13 at the door. The event starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
The cinema is operated as a not-for-profit cinema by the community-based Revue Film Society.