The movie Selma had a good run at the Lake Theatre recently. In addition to the expected adult viewers, however, said Mark Mazrimas, marketing director for Classic Cinemas, The Lake ran more school showings of the film than any other theater in Chicago. So many, in fact, that when the film finished its regular run, Mazrimas said, “Paramount actually let us hold onto the hard drive for the film so we could just do school shows, which we continued to do.”

But the good news, and the historical education, continues as The Lake landed an early, very limited release of Women in Gold with Helen Mirren, based on the true story of Maria Altmann, a Jewish refugee who was forced to flee Vienna during World War II, then decades later became determined to reclaim a painting the Nazis stole from her family. 

That’s good news for film buffs who dread the cinematic doldrums of March and April. And any film with Helen Mirren is good news.

Ken Trainor

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