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.

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- 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.

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