Gone with the Wind Anniversary in Marietta

Marietta, Georgia has been selected as the exclusive location for the 70th anniversary re-premiere of “Gone with the Wind” on November 13-14, 2009.  Robert Osborne, host of Turner Classic Movies, will serve as emcee for the event and six of the “Gone with the Wind” cast members, including Ann Rutherford, Mickey Kuhn and Patrick Curtis, will be on hand during the two-day event.   Authors Molly Haskell, Herb Bridges and Sally Rains will be on hand for a “Gone With the Wind” author’s forum and book signing.  The event takes place in Marietta Square as part of the city’s 175th anniversary, which will also be celebrated.

Highlights include:

  • Special Guest Robert Osborne, host of Turner Classic Movies
  • Autograph sessions with the stars
  • Author book signings
  • Lavish costume ball
  • Big Screen showing of the 1939 classic “Gone With the Wind”
  • And more!

Tickets

  • Full package – $325
  • Friday only – $150 (includes Q&A and Costume Ball
  • Saturday only – $175 (includes autograph session, tours of museum, red carpet festivities, VIP reception, pre-show program, screening of Gone With the Wind)
  • Q&A only – $25
  • Costume Ball only – $125
  • Autograph Session only – $25
  • Red carpet festivities, VIP reception, pre-show program, screening of Gone With the Wind only – $150

Book your Re-Premiere package by calling the museum at 770-794-5145 or emailing csutherland@mariettaga.gov.

Schedule

Friday, November 13

  • Question and answer session with authors who have written about “Gone With the Wind,” Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 9:30-10:45 a.m. *
  • Gone With the Wind cast question and answer session, Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 10:45-11:45 a.m.
  • Disney artist Joseph Yakovetic painting exhibition of 70th Anniversary GWTW artwork  and question and answer session, 1-3 p.m.
  • “Belles and Beaus” Costume Ball, 5:30-11 p.m. *

Note: All books of visiting authors are available for purchase at Gone With the Wind Museum gift shop. No autograph requests please; autograph session at museum on Saturday morning.

Saturday, November 14

Gala event

  • Gone With the Wind vintage car parade from Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center to Earl Smith Strand Theatre with cast members and special guests, 4:30-4:55 p.m.
  • VIP reception with celebrities, Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 5-6 p.m. *
  • Gone With the Wind museum director Connie Sutherland, Earl Smith Strand Theatre director and anniversary steering committee co-chair Earl Reece, and museum collection owner Chris Sullivan offer acknowledgments, Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 6:15-6:30 p.m.
  • Special Program: Salute to Turner Classic Movies and Warner Brothers with introduction of cast members by Robert Osborne followed by introduction of movie, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Showing of world’s most beloved film: “Gone With the Wind,” Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 7:45 p.m. *
    *Included in the Gone With the Wind two-day ticket package

Sunday, November 15

  • Reception for 70th Anniversary GWTW artist Joseph Yakovetic, dk Gallery, 1-4 p.m.

World Record

Set dancing world record on Square

If you’ve ever dreamed about what it was like to dance with Scarlett O’Hara or Rhett Butler, your dreams no longer have to be gone with the wind. You can help set a Guinness world record ™ as 70 couples will dance on the Marietta Square in the biggest Virginia reel ever seen in Marietta. Local and national media and representatives from Guinness are expected to be in Marietta to document the world-record attempt, Gone With the Wind Museum director Connie Sutherland said. If you have a costume and would like to be a part of the record attempt, call 770-794-5576.

Location

Perfect location for re-premiere

Marietta is mentioned in Margaret Mitchell’s novel “Gone with the Wind” and is the perfect location to host the re-premiere because the museum is in a former cotton warehouse that was built in 1875, Sutherland said.

The museum, in Marietta since April 2003, is operated by the city of Marietta, and the collection is privately owned by Dr. Chris Sullivan of Akron, Ohio. The collection includes the original Bengaline honeymoon gown worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett in the 1939 movie, foreign editions of the novel, movie memorabilia, costumes and jewelry, signed first editions and contracts, movie props, original scripts, shooting scripts, final scripts, scene drawings, original posters, photographs and approximately 100 dolls.

“We will decorate the façade of the Strand the same way the theatre was decorated in 1939,” Sutherland said. “We’ll have bunting on the windows and a large oval photograph of Rhett and Scarlett dominating the façade.”

The two-day event, hosted by the Gone with the Wind Museum in conjunction with the Earl Smith Strand Theatre, Turner Classic Movies and Warner Brothers Home Video, is part of Marietta’s 175th anniversary in 2009.

Address:
Gone with the Wind Museum
18 Whitlock Avenue

For more information, call the Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum at 770-794-5576.

Not there in 1939? Then 2009 is your time

Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square | MARIETTA — JULY 13, 2009 — The Re-Premiere package has all the glamour, fun and excitement of the original 1939 premiere, including autograph and Q&A sessions with GWTW cast members Ann Rutherford (“Carreen O’Hara”), Mary Anderson (“Maybelle Merriweather”), Mickey Kuhn (“Young Beau Wilkes”), Cammie King (“Bonnie Blue Butler”), Greg Giese (“Bonnie Blue” and “Beau” at infancy) and Patrick Curtis (“Baby Beau”). In fact, Curtis notes that the 2009 event will emphasize interaction between the stars and fans.

“This will be much more hands-on than the 1939 premiere when everyone was kept at a distance,” he says.

Also part of the Re-Premiere package are book signings and Q&A sessions with authors Herb Bridges—preeminent GWTW authority whose books include Gone With the Wind: The Definitive Illustrated History of the Book, the Movie and the Legend; Molly Haskell, Frankly, My Dear: Gone With the Wind Revisited; Sally Tippett Rains, The Making of a Classic: The True Story Behind Margaret Mitchell and Gone With the Wind; and Kathy Witt, who just wrote the historical novel, The Secret of the Belles. Cammie King Conlon will also join the authors, signing her recently released memoir, Bonnie Blue Butler: a Gone With the Wind Memoir, as will Robert Osborne, signing his book, 80 Years of the Oscar.

Rounding out the package are a “Belles and Beaus” costume ball; VIP and cocktail receptions; dinner and dancing; a showing of Gone With the Wind—still one of the most beloved movies of all time; and a Parade of Stars. Chris Sullivan, the owner of the extraordinary collection housed at the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum-Scarlett on the Square, will provide guided tours.

Established in 2003 in a circa 1875 building that was formerly a cotton warehouse, the collection includes costumes and jewelry, signed first editions and contracts, movie props and scripts, scene drawings, posters, photographs and nearly 100 dolls, among its treasures—a veritable time capsule of the life and times of Margaret Mitchell, her seminal novel and the filming of the movie. Of special note is the famous Bengaline gown worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara in the movie’s honeymoon scene. On special exhibit, at both the museum and at Marietta’s dk gallery, will be 70th Anniversary GWTW artwork by famed artist Joseph Yakovetic.

Classic show in classic surroundings

The screening of Gone With the Wind will take place at the recently (and sumptuously) renovated Earl Smith Strand Theatre. Formerly a major motion picture house that originally opened in 1935, this Art Deco masterpiece has been trimmed with classic theatre detailing, from its khaki, black and gold lobby to its burgundy interior with curving balcony to its rooftop terrace from which Kennesaw Mountain, site of a Civil War battle, may be seen.

On Saturday, a 1930s vintage car parade will circle the Marietta Square and deliver the stars and special guests to the front doors of the Earl Smith Strand Theatre. The celebrities will be greeted by white-gloved attendants who will open their doors and escort them to the red carpet.

“We will be embellishing the façade of the Strand the same way the theatre in 1939 was decorated,” notes Connie Sutherland, executive director of the museum. “We’ll have bunting on the windows and a large oval photograph of Rhett and Scarlett dominating the façade.”

Inside, guests will enjoy a VIP reception and have an opportunity to mingle with the cast members and authors. Once guests are seated in the theatre, they will witness the magic of Robert Osborne as he leads a salute to Turner Classic Movies and Warner Bros. for their roles in keeping Gone With the Wind alive for millions of viewers through the years. Special film clips will precede the movie.
Get ‘em before they’re Gone

To purchase your “70 Years of Gone With the Wind: A Re-Premiere” package before they’re all gone with the… well, you know what we mean, contact the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum-Scarlett on the Square at 770-794-5145 or csutherland@mariettaga.gov.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I am really disappointed to read the above information regarding the cost of the repremiere of Gone With the Wind. This is one of my favorite movies and books since I was in high school and I’ve read and watched it many times. I was looking forward to attending but the costs of all of the events are too prohibitive for me to consider it. Several of my friends as well as my fiance were planning to attend as well. I think you would have been able to reach your fundraising goals just as easily if you had had the ticket prices for the movie at a lower cost, say $25.00 or $50.00, but include a fund raising drive for individuals who could contribute an extra amount. Hopefully you will offer the movie again in t he Strand in the future for a more reasonable cost. As a Marietta native, to have the opportunity to see such a great movie in such a beautiful theatre would have been quite a treat.

  2. I completely agree with Ms. Lamabert. When I was told about this event, I was thrilled, rushed to my nearest computer and wanted to be a part of this amazing event. I myself, have been a fan of Gone with the Wind, since I was small, and read the book when still very young and in Grammer School. While my friends were reading Dr. Seuss, I was pouring over the pages of Margret Mitchell’s masterpiece. I even went down the aisle at my wedding to Tara’s Theme. Please understand my heartbreak when I look to find that in an economy such as this, only the very rich will be able to afford tickets to this event! Doesn’t this go against everything that Gone with the Wind was about? Making this an exclusive, very expensive event, means that so many of us, that loved the book and have lived the book will be left out of this event. I am heartbroken…but wish this event much success. In a time of recession and war, long live the inspiring story of Southern Strength and Perseverance. May we all find our own inner Scarlett O’Hara.

  3. I am disappointed as well. I am 25 years old and I am HUGE fan of Classic Movies.. Mainly Gone with the Wind. Why did they not do this as an all weekend event instead of Friday and Sat? The prices are too much as well. The only thing I can do it the autographs.

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