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Wildey is showing Grease, starring Olivia Newton-John

With the death of singer and actress Olivia Newton-John at the age of 73 on August 8, the Wildey Theater is offering fans a chance to relive one of her most memorable roles.

As part of Wildey’s $3 Tuesday film series, Grease will screen August 16 at 7 p.m

The 1978 film version of Grease, based on the 1971 musical of the same name, follows the life of greaser Danny Zuko and Australian exchange student Sandy Olsson, who develop an attraction during a summer romance. The film stars as John Travolta and Newton-John as Danny and Sandy.

“Even if Olivia Newton-John’s music isn’t your thing, you probably know her as Sandy in Grease.” We’ve shown the film here before and it’s always well received, so it just made sense to show it again at this point,” said Wildey manager Al Canal.

Normally, tickets for the Tuesday cinemas at Wildey go on sale at the box office at 3pm on the day of the film. Tickets for “Grease” are still $3, but are available in advance at the box office or online at http://www.wildeytheatre.com/.

“We’ve had calls from people wanting tickets to Grease, and if you walk by the box office and pay cash or check, the tickets are only $3,” Canal said. “If you buy them online with a credit card, there’s a $1.50 processing fee that covers our fees, but we wanted to give people the ability to pre-purchase tickets.”

Tuesday’s $3 month movie schedule also includes “Anchors Aweigh,” a 1945 live-action/animated musical fantasy comedy starring Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson and Gene Kelly.

In the film, two sailors go on a four-day shore leave in Hollywood, meet a young boy and his aunt, an aspiring young singer, and the sailors try to get her an audition at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

The film includes a live-action scene in which Kelly dances with Jerry Mouse, the cartoon mouse from the Tom and Jerry series.

“Back then, it was quite a high-tech effect to add animation to a live action film,” Canal said. “The film has a lot of great dance scenes and a decent plot. It’s only $3 and you can buy the world famous Wildey popcorn.”

The last movie of the month on Tuesday 30th August is The Wrong Man, a 1956 docudrama film noir directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Henry Fonda and Vera Miles. The film is based on the true story of an innocent man accused of a crime.

It is one of the few Hitchcock films to be based on a true story, with a plot closely related to real events.

“Henry Fonda is doing a great job on the film and while he’s received some great awards, I still think he’s a little underrated as an actor,” Canal said.

For more information about events at the Wildey Theater, 252 N. Main St., call 618-307-1750 or visit wildeytheatre.com.

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