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‘The Birds’ Returns to the Big Screen at Towngate Theatre in Wheeling

WHEELING — Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 thriller “The Birds” is showing on the Towngate Theatre big screen for one night only Friday, Jan. 10.

The film is part of Towngate’s popular Dinner and A Movie film series.

“The Birds” centers on a small northern California coastal town that is inexplicably attacked and rendered helpless by massive flocks of aggressive birds.

The film stars Rod Taylor and Tippi Hedren, in her screen debut. Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette and Veronica Cartwright have supporting roles.

In 2016, “The Birds” was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in its National Film Registry.

Moviegoers have to option to have dinner in the The Gallery at Towngate prior to the screening. Cost for the dinner includes movie ticket, all food, soft drinks, coffee, tea, water and a box of popcorn to enjoy during the film. Beer and wine are available for purchase. Dinner guests can also reserve their seat for the film prior to the screening.

Ye Olde Alpha provides the food for the January 10 dinner and a movie. Menu includes chicken pot pie, grilled sirloin with mushrooms, grilled vegetables with toasted bird (sesame) seed, roasted red potatoes with duck fat and parsley, Caesar salad, mixed green salad, bread and honey butter.

Reservations for the dinner must be made by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, and can be made at www.oionline.com or by calling 304-242-7700.

Other upcoming screenings include:

“Casablanca” on Friday, Feb. 14. The epic love story, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, won three Academy Awards-Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

“All the President’s Men” on Friday, March 6. This 1976 Academy Award-winning political thriller stars Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as “The Washington Post” reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein as they uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon’s resignation.

A church-turned-theater, Towngate is located in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market District and is part of the nonprofit Oglebay Institute. Towngate offers entertainment almost every weekend.

In addition to main stage theater productions, Towngate also offers poetry and spoken word performances and children’s theater.

Towngate also features comedy and improv shows. Local and regional musicians perform concerts on the Towngate stage and a variety of acting classes are offered year-round for all ages.

As a single screen cinema, Towngate shows a variety of films on select weekends throughout the year including classic movies, independent films, thought-provoking documentaries and film shorts by local and regional filmmakers.

For more information on Towngate Theatre, visit www.oionline.com or call 304-242-7700.

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