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ON THE TOWN: Film Night Raises Funds for Charities

Published: Last Updated Tuesday, August 5, 2008 10:38 PM PDT
“American Graffiti” attracted hundreds of movie fans July 30 at the Alex Theatre. The 1973 film, directed and co-written by George Lucas, was one of four films in the Summer Film Series presented by Massage Envy Spa in association with the Downtown Glendale Merchants Assn. 

The $25 ticket made you a VIP, allowing access to a pre-event reception catered by Damon’s Steak House. General admission was $10. Either way, the evening was a treat for baby boomers who remember what life was like in a small California community like Modesto in 1962. Fast cars and faster hormones ruled the cruising scene.

Spotted in the crowd were film buffs from Glendale Kiwanis including Jim Dyrness, Joel Zwick, Joe Mandoky, Harriet Trousdale and Jim Patric. Other Glendale residents included Shirley Darling, Mary Rough, Bernadette and Larry Hovland, teenagers Kathleen Sanders, Sarah Sanders and Morgan Campbell, 13-year-old daughter of Damon’s owner Patrick Campbell and granddaughter of Judie Campbell. Margery Parkinson of Canyon Country also joined the Campbell party.

“We wanted the kids to see what we did when we were their age,” Judie Campbell said.

Event organizer from Kiwanis Ron Youra and wife, Rosalie Youra, greeted former Glendale mayors Ara Najarian and Larry Zarian, good friends Monica and Jose Sierra, Debbie Hinckley, and Glendale FastFrame’s Vickie McConnell. Of course, Alex staffers Barry McComb, Elissa Glickman and Karen Smith held down the fort.

Proceeds will benefit Glendale Kiwanis/Ducks for Kids and Glendale Arts among other community charities.


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Status Update from the Alex Theatre


As the saying goes, "The Show Must Go On." However, sometimes, unprecedented circumstances call for the show to be paused. This is one of those rare times.



Currently, our shows through April 5th will not be taking place on their original dates.



The Glendale Arts and Alex Theatre staff have been hard at work behind-the-scenes collaborating with the presenters of these performances to reschedule dates and communicating with ticket buyers about their options.



We are continuing to monitor directives established by local, state-wide, and national authorities and will post developments on shows scheduled beyond April 5th as they happen.



While our staff is working remotely, we are with our beloved Alex in spirit, and our hearts remain committed to the thousands of patrons we happily serve every week and our extended family of presenters, producers, performers, and community members who call the Alex home.



These are trying time for everyone. The economic impact on the dual industries with which we identify - non-profits and performing arts/live entertainment - has been swift and severe.



If you are able, we ask you make a gift at that will allow us to continue our work at the Alex Theatre - a place for arts and entertainment to be enjoyed; a symbol of history, beauty, and community - during this time, so we are ready to bring healing and happiness to all who need it when the time is right.



We wish all of you and your loved ones health and safety throughout this situation and can't wait to welcome you through our doors again when the show is ready to go back on.



With our love,


Glendale Arts/Alex Theatre Management Staff


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