'Unexpected Romance' Film Series at the Norton Simon Museum

Date: February 3, 2017 - February 24, 2017
Release Date: January 3, 2017

'Unexpected Romance' Film Series at the Norton Simon Museum

Four films exploring how sometimes opposites attract to screen every Friday in February

Pasadena, CA
—Every Friday evening in February, enjoy a film exploring how sometimes opposites can attract, with the series “Unexpected Romance.” Screenings take place in the Museum’s theater on Friday evenings throughout February. Films are free with admission; no reservations are needed. General public inquiries can be directed to [email protected].

It Happened One Night (1934), NR
Directed by Frank Capra
Friday, February 3, 5:30–7:15 p.m.
Opposites attract with magnetic force in this romantic road-trip delight. A roguish man-of-the-people reporter (Clark Gable) is determined to get the scoop on the scandalous disappearance of spoiled socialite (Claudette Colbert).

Ball of Fire (1941), NR
Directed by Howard Hawks
Friday, February 10, 5:30–7:20 p.m.
Hoping to update his chapter on modern slang, encyclopedia writer Professor Bertram Potts (Gary Cooper) ventures into a chic nightclub, where he encounters a burlesque performer, "Sugarpuss" O'Shea (Barbara Stanwyck). Fascinated by her command of popular jargon, Potts invites her to stay with him.

Barefoot in the Park (1967), G
Directed by Gene Saks
Friday, February 17, 5:30–7:15 p.m.
Paul (Robert Redford), a conservative young lawyer, marries the vivacious Corie (Jane Fonda). Their highly passionate relationship descends into comical discord in a five-flight New York City walk-up apartment.

Harold and Maude (1971),PG
Directed by Hal Ashby
Friday, February 23, 5:30–7:00 p.m.
When Harold (Bud Cort), a death-obsessed young man from a wealthy family, meets Maude (Ruth Gordon), a devil-may-care, bohemian octogenarian, an emotional and romantic bond develops. Equal parts gallows humor and romantic innocence, the film dissolves the line between darkness and light along with the ones that separate people by class, gender, and age.

ADMISSION: All screenings are free with Museum admission. Admission is $12.00 for adults; $9.00 for seniors; and free for Museum members, students with I.D., and everyone age 18 and under. For more information, call (626) 449-6840 or visit www.nortonsimon.org.

WHERE: Norton Simon Museum| 411 West Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena; located on the corner of Colorado and Orange Grove Boulevards at the intersection of the Foothill (210) and Ventura (134) freeways |Parking at the Norton Simon Museum is free.

About the Norton Simon Museum

The Norton Simon Museum is known around the world as one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled. Over a 30-year period, industrialist Norton Simon (1907–1993) amassed an astonishing collection of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century, and a stellar collection of South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years. Modern and Contemporary Art from Europe and the United States, acquired by the former Pasadena Art Museum, also occupies an important place in the Museum’s collections. The Museum houses more than 12,000 objects, roughly 1,000 of which are on view in the galleries and gardens.

Location: The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd. at Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena, Calif., at the intersection of the Foothill (210) and Ventura (134) freeways. For general Museum information, please call (626) 449-6840 or visit nortonsimon.org. Hours: The Museum is open Thursday through Monday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Friday and Saturday to 7 p.m.).  It is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Admission: General admission is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors. Members, students with I.D., and patrons age 18 and under are admitted free of charge. The first Friday of the month from 4 to 7 p.m. is free to all. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. Parking: Parking is free but limited, and no reservations are necessary. Public Transportation: Pasadena Transit stops directly in front of the Museum. Please visit http://pasadenatransit.net for schedules. The MTA bus line #180/181 stops in front of the Museum. The Memorial Park Station on the MTA Gold Line, the closest Metro Rail station to the Museum, is located at 125 E. Holly St. at Arroyo Parkway. Please visit www.metro.net for schedules. Planning your Visit: For up-to-date information on our guidelines and protocols, please visit nortonsimon.org/visit.

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