UPDATE #2: You Pick the Cities for TCM’s Nationwide Screenings of CASABLANCA

UPDATE 2/18/14 3:00 PM (ET)

The winning cities have been announced. Read more about it here.

UPDATE 2/12/14 11:30 PM (ET)

Voting has closed. Check back on Tuesday, February 18 for the announcement of the winning cities.

Original Post – 1/27/14 

casablanca1Turner Classic Movies will bring CASABLANCA to theaters nationwide for one night only in March – and viewers get a chance to help pick the cities.

In celebration of the network’s twentieth anniversary, TCM will present Michael Curtiz’s iconic 1942 drama in twenty U.S. cities on Tuesday, March 4. Admission will be free, and passes will be available on a first come, first served basis on February 18 (details on that are still to be announced). The first ten cities have already been selected: Atlanta (of course), Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Philadelphia, Miami, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington D.C. The remaining ten locations are up for grabs, and that’s where you come in. 

506563.1020.ATCM has set up a voting page where you can select from more than 200 cities in all fifty states, from Anchorage, Alaska to Cheyenne, Wyoming. Maybe your name is Esther Blodgett and you live in Pocatello, Idaho and you thought TCM would never come to your city. Well, this is your big shot!

TCM does offer the following asterisked caveat: “*10 cities will be selected based on fan submission and other factors as determined in TCM’s sole discretion.” What those “other factors” are I have no idea. But the more friends, family members, neighbors, co-workers, ex-spouses, etc. who vote, the better you city’s chances of winning. So vote early and often.

No word yet on screening format, or if any of the cities will feature appearances by celebrities or TCM on-air hosts Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz. But one thing is for sure: seeing CASABLANCA on the big screen in a theater filled with classic film fans can be an unforgettable experience.

And, who knows, it might even be the beginning of some beautiful friendships.


About willmckinley

I'm a New York City-based writer, video producer, print journalist, radio/podcast host, and social media influencer. I've been a guest on Turner Classic Movies (interviewed by Robert Osborne), NPR, Sirius Satellite Radio, and the official TCM podcast. My byline has appeared in Slate.com and more than 100 times in the pages of NYC alt weeklies like The Villager and Gay City News. I'm also a social media copywriter for Sony's getTV and a contributor to four film-and-TV-related books: "Monster Serial," "Bride of Monster Serial," "Taste the Blood of Monster Serial," and "Remembering Jonathan Frid."
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18 Responses to UPDATE #2: You Pick the Cities for TCM’s Nationwide Screenings of CASABLANCA

  1. le0pard13 says:

    What?!? None set for L.A., as yet? The place where Casablanca was mostly filmed? This must not stand! People, we need to fix this. Immediately ;-).

  2. Danny says:

    You voted for New York? Really? Isn’t there a theater there that just shows it 24 hours a day already?

  3. The Lady Eve says:

    Happy to see San Francisco is already set for a screening!

  4. I detect a voting bias in your screencap 😉

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  6. I voted for NYC. I’d like to see it on the big screen again.

  7. Tyrone Callender says:

    I did not get the chance to vote for my city for Casablanca to be played in but because the polls were closed when I went to the website but I know i
    that is coming to Philadelphia was one of the cities and I will like to get the Casablanca tickets, its one of my favorite movies of all time and I’m only 41 Bogart is my favorite actor

  8. Lisa says:

    Says give away is first come firsts erred? LA is on the list, but when I click on the link to Get Tickets, it takes me to a website where I have to enter an RSVP code! WTH? I’ll buy tickets if need be. I just ant to go, but see nowhere that I can get an rsvp code. Any thought?

  9. willmckinley says:

    Lisa – Unfortunately it looks like LA is sold out. I think they’ve already increased capacity (added a screen?) once. Perhaps they’ll do it again.

  10. Lisa says:

    Damn”. Thanks for info. I did get to see it two summers ago on the big screen. But I’m not one to want to miss an opportunity to see it whenever possible.

  11. Lisa says:

    Btw…..how did they distribute these rsvp codes?

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