An original history exhibit at the Ojai Valley Museum, titled “The Ojai Theater: 100 Years of Movies, 1914 – 2014, ” will run from Oct. 21 through Dec. 28, 2014. The exhibit traces the history of the theater owners through the decades from the Teens, World War I, the Jazz Era, the Great Depression, World War II, and on into the ‘Fifties and so on. Highlights include movies, movie stars and technical upgrades through the years. There are special sections on stars who lived in Ojai, animal stars and movies filmed in Ojai.
The exhibit also includes a history of the Ojai Film Society in the Museum’s Alcove Gallery. In addition, antique cameras and other movie equipment are on display.
During the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, the Saturday matinee was very popular at the Ojai Theatre with kids lining up down the block waiting to get in. In remembrance of this time, the Ojai Valley Museum will screen a family-friendly classic film every Saturday at 4 pm in the exhibit’s mini-theater. The movie is free to the public.
Oct. 25 – THE KID (1921) with Charlie Chaplin & Jackie Coogan and Harold Lloyd short
Nov. 1 – CURLY TOP (1935) with Shirley Temple
Nov. 8 – THE FARMER’S DAUGHTER (1947) with Loretta Young
Nov. 15 – PAT AND MIKE (1952) with Katherine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy
Nov. 22 – ROMAN HOLIDAY (1952) with Audrey Hepburn & Gregory Peck
Nov. 29 – MISTY (1961) with Anne Seymour & Arthur O’Connell
Dec. 6 – THE GLENN MILLER STORY (1953) with June Allyson & Jimmy Stewart
Dec. 13 – BIG RED (1962) with Walter Pidgeon & Gilles Payout
Dec. 20 – MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (1944) with Judy Garland