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Top Hat

Presented by: BCT Presents

Where: Buskirk-Chumley Theater

General Admission: $5.00


Friday, August 3rd 7:00 pm Buy Tickets


Showman Jerry Travers (Fred Astaire) is working for bumbling producer Horace Hardwick in London. Jerry demonstrates his new dance steps late one night in Horace’s hotel room, much to the annoyance of Dale Tremont (Ginger Rogers), who is sleeping below. When Dale goes upstairs to complain, the two are immediately attracted to each other but complications arise when Dale confuses married Horace with single Jerry the next day.

Top Hat was the most successful picture of Astaire and Rogers’ partnership (and Astaire’s second most successful picture after Easter Parade), achieving second place in worldwide box-office receipts for 1935. The film’s songs were written by Irving Berlin. “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails” and “Cheek to Cheek” have become American song classics.

The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, as well as Art Direction, Original Song, and Dance Direction. In 1990, Top Hat was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film ranked number 15 on the 2006 American Film Institute’s list of best musicals.

Doors for this general admission event will open at 6:30pm, and the event will begin at 7pm with a short foxtrot lesson by Arthur Murray instructors before the film.

This film is part of our DANCE MOVES & MOVIES summer series:
June 22 – Happy Feet
June 29 – Dirty Dancing
July 20 – Step Up 
August 3 – Top Hat

Rated: not rated
Run Time: 1 hour, 41 minutes
Release Date: September 6, 1935
Screening Format: DVD

The Venue

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114 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47408

Owned by the City of Bloomington, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater is operated by BCT Management, Inc., a private non-profit organization. This theater, located one block off the Courthouse Square, seats 600 with an orchestra level and a balcony. Concessions and items purchased from BLU Boy may be taken into the auditorium. Restrooms, concessions, the box office, and the orchestra-level seats are all wheelchair accessible. Special seats are reserved for those using wheelchairs. Please contact the box office at 812.323.3020 to purchase those seats. Street, lot, and garage parking is available across downtown Bloomington.

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The Promoter

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114 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47408

BCT Presents strives to bring diverse, high-quality, nationally-touring performers to the stage each year. The series also occasionally includes  classic films.

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