After a successful launch of the Irish Film Festival at the Prytania Theatre last fall, its organizers will return Wednesday for a one-night-only showing of the 1991 film “Hear My Song” accompanied by pints of Guinness and Smithwick’s.
The film showing will kick off the week of St. Patrick’s Day festivities, as well as participate in Louisiana’s Irish-American Month, said festival director Robert Bell. Further, it’s an opportunity to participate for those who couldn’t make the inaugural film festival, he said.
“By having a few events throughout the year, in addition to the Festival, more people will have an opportunity to enjoy the rich heritage of Irish film,” Bell said in an email to Uptown Messenger. “We chose Hear My Song because a lot of Irish have fond memories of this early 90s film, and it is one that is seldom seen in the States. It’s a fun, lighthearted musical that everyone can enjoy.”
For details, see the news release below:
Irish Network New Orleans bringing rare movie to the Crescent City
For one night only the historic Prytania Theatre is offering a unique Celtic twist on a visit to the cinema. Movie-goers will have the chance to catch a rare Irish film – while downing a few pints of beer from the Emerald Isle!
On Wednesday, March 13, the movie house will screen Hear My Song, a classic romantic comedy set in Ireland starring legends from the silver screen such as Ned Beatty and Adrian Dunbar. The picture begins at 730pm, but the pints start at 630pm.
When the doors open patrons will have their choice of Guinness or Smithwick’s and a chance to raise their glasses to toast Saint Patrick a few days early. All drinks are included free of charge in the regular admission price, $10.50 for adults and $9.50 for seniors. The event is part of IN NOLA’s celebrations in March to highlight Louisiana’s first official Irish-American Heritage Month.
Prytania Theatre general manager Eric Ramstead said: “The inaugural Irish Film Festival we held in September was such a success that we are delighted to be involved with another event. The Irish are a race that we always want to keep happy!”
Irish Network Vice-President Aidan Gill added: “The week of St Patrick’s Day is a great time to hold a pop-up cinematic event to remind people about the Irish Film Festival that will be held later in the year. And despite all the celebrations around our patron saint, we want to emphasis that IN-NOLA is 365, not just 3/17.”
Hear My Song was called, “A romantic comedy of great charm” by Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, while Hal Hinson in the Washington Post wrote, “You feel lucky to have come across it.”
Information can be found at www.irishnetworkneworleans.org