Sunset Boulevard: Ready for its close-up at Film on Friday

It's First Friday, so there's plenty to do if you're up for rushing around town -- but maybe you'd rather sit back in the grass and usher in the dusk with one of the greatest sunsets of all: Billy Wilder's melodramatic showpiece, Sunset Boulevard.

See also:

- Relax at Film on Friday and help the Historic Elitch Theatre get new lease on life - Radium and roller coasters: A brief, dirty history of Elitch Gardens - Elitch Theatre's Bilingual Barrio Shakespeare: It's not your mom and pop Shakespeare!

Tonight's offering at the Historic Elitch Theatre fundraising film series Film on Friday, Sunset Boulevard stars 1967 Elitch veteran Gloria Swanson in the role she'll always be remembered for: creepy, past-her-prime Hollywood star Norma Desmond, who famously descends her dusty mansion staircase, ready for her "close-up."

BYO lawn seating opens at 7 p.m. for the screening at dusk; the jazz duo of Wendy Fopeano and Marc Sabatella will entertain before the movie. Admission, which benefits Elitch Theatre restoration efforts, is $5 for adults; kids under 14 get in free. For more info, visit the Historic Elitch Theatre online.

Find information on hundreds of other arts and entertainment events in our online Calendar.

To keep up with the Froyd's eye-view of arts and culture in Denver, "like" my fan page on Facebook.

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
Contact: Susan Froyd