'An Invitation to Dance' Film Series

Date: February 2, 2018 - February 23, 2018
Release Date: January 9, 2018

'An Invitation to Dance' Film Series

The Norton Simon Museum Presents
the Film Series ‘An Invitation to Dance’

Four films featuring dance legends Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly
to screen every Friday in February

Pasadena, CA
—In celebration of the many dancers on view in the exhibition “Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor,” the Norton Simon Museum presents a film series starring dance legends Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly.

Films screen every Friday in February at 5:30 p.m. and are free with general admission. All films are in English and are not rated.

Top Hat (1935)
Directed by Mark Sandrich
Friday, February 2, 5:30–7:10 p.m.
An American dancer (Fred Astaire) comes to Britain and falls for a model (Ginger Rogers), but tension, confusion and passion arises when she mistakes him for a married producer.

Swing Time (1936)
Directed by George Stevens
Friday, February 9, 5:30–7:15 p.m.
A performer and gambler (Astaire) travels to New York City to raise the $25,000 he needs to marry his fiancée, only to become entangled with a beautiful aspiring dancer (Rogers).

An American in Paris (1951)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Friday, February 16, 5:30–7:25 p.m.
A former GI who remained in France to study painting (Gene Kelly) is discovered by a wealthy benefactor. He betrays her by romancing a woman (Leslie Caron) who turns out to already be in a relationship with his best friend.

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly
Friday, February 23, 5:30–7:15 p.m.
A 1920s silent-film star (Kelly) falls for a spunky chorus girl (Debbie Reynolds), much to the dismay of his diva-ish leading lady, in this lighthearted musical spoof of the early days of Hollywood.

ADMISSION: All screenings are free with Museum admission. Admission is $15.00 for adults; $12.00 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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