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Armed Services Day Kicks Off With Classic World War II Motion Picture

Armed Services Day Kicks Off With Classic World War II Motion Picture
Home Front Theater Movie Series Open to Public

(LONG BEACH, CA; May 10, 2012) – Residents are invited to celebrate Armed Services Day on Friday, May 18th and attend the showing of the 1940s award winning World War II movie, “Since You Went Away.” Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske and the Long Beach Rosie The Riveter Foundation will launch the first of seven films and newsreels for this year’s “Home Front Theater” motion picture series at the El Dorado Community Center, located at 2800 N. Studebaker Road, Long Beach, CA. The film and 1940s newsreels will show at 1 pm.

Home Front Theater is an annual event that shows a collection of classic films from the World War II era.
The movie series is launched in May to commemorate Armed Services Day, with a showing of one movie each month until the end of December.

“There is a deep history of Long Beach’s participation in World War II,” says Councilwoman Schipske. “Our city contributed much to the war effort. We have generations of family members who hold dear memories of loved ones who fought to defend this country and who served on the home front making airplanes and ships. These movies and newsreels from that era are a fun way to remind us of what it was like here in Long Beach during World War II.”

The very emotional 1944 film, Since You Went Away, depicts the life of a mother (played by Claudette Colbert) and her two daughters (played by Jennifer Jones and Shirley Temple) on the home front while their father is away at work. In their struggle to make ends meet, they take in a colonel. However, the inconveniences and rationing cannot hinder the love affair between one of the daughters and the grandson of the colonel. The movie won the 1945 Academy Award for Best Music, and was nominated in eight other categories including Best Picture.

Since You Went Away
and the other movies and newsreels will be played at 1 pm in the Bridge Room of the El Dorado Senior Center. Future films include: From Here To Eternity on June 15th, Yankee Doodle Dandy on July 20th, Air Force on August 17th, So Proudly We Hail on September 21st, Mrs. Miniver on October 19th, The Philadelphia Story on November 16th, and White Christmas on December 14th. The movies are open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

For more information on the Home Front Theater movie series, please call the Offices of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske at 562-570-6932.