Opening Night – An Evening with Katharine Ross

Music, Movies, Trains and Outlaws!


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Legendary actress Katharine Ross will join The Malibu Coast Silent Film Orchestra to perform the exciting story of “Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express.”

The acclaimed five-piece ensemble from Malibu will accompany Katharine Ross as she recounts the exciting true story of Kate Shelley, a fifteen-year-old Iowa teenager who helped avert a train disaster in 1881 and went on to become a national heroine. Based on Mary Kay Shanley’s spoken short story, it was originally written for the Wonder of Words Festival in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Malibu Coast Silent Film Orchestra wowed audiences in November 2014 at the SLO Masonic Lodge.

This new version featuring Katharine Ross as the story-teller and composer Maria Newman’s incredible original music, will thrill music and train lovers of all ages! This will be the orchestra’s fourth visit back to San Luis Obispo after wowing audiences at past Festival fundraising events, including DADDY LONG-LEGS and last year’s Silent Shorts event at the Madonna Inn.

And there’s more!

After a short intermission, Katharine Ross will join Maria Newman and Festival Director, Wendy Eidson, on the Fremont Theatre stage for a conversation about her career and BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, the 1970 Academy Award winner that is still considered one of the best Westerns of all time. This timeless classic stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford as the true-life outlaws in the early 1900’s, and Katharine Ross as Etta Place, the lovely free spirit whose charm bewitched the outlaws…as well as audiences then and now!

After this unique introduction to the film, sit back and enjoy 1969’s BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, in all its digitally-restored glory on the Big Screen at the Fremont Theatre. The film is rated PG so this is a perfect event for families of all ages too.

There will be an opportunity to meet Katharine Ross at the Opening Night Party hosted by Luna Red, just a few blocks from the Fremont Theatre at Mission Plaza. Live music, cocktails, and appetizers will kick off the 25th Anniversary Festival in style!

Tuesday, March 12
5:00pm – Opening Night party plus film event – $50
Tickets for the Opening Night party are no longer available.
Only Movie Mogul passes accepted.

BUY NOW7:00pm – Movie Event at Fremont Theatre – $25 (students $15) 
Only Movie Mogul passes accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: All tickets purchased for the postponed November event will be honored!

Read Tribune article (Feb. 21)

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