Disney’s “CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG” Set for Saturday, July 30
1968 Musical is Part of Free Family Film Series at App Theatre
BOONE, NC – The much-loved movie musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” is the next offering on the
inaugural Saturday Morning Family Film Series at the historic Appalachian Theatre of the High
Country, the King Street landmark in downtown Boone. Due to a generous sponsorship by Allen Wealth
Management, the film is being offered free of charge to the general public at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” is the third of six family-friendly movie classics being screened during the
summer months on select Saturday mornings from now through August 27. This is the first time the film
will be shown at the venue since its App Theatre debut 53 years ago. The movie runs two hours and
twenty-four minutes in duration.
The free screening begins at 10 a.m. and is followed by a tour of the newly-renovated and restored
1938 vaudeville theatre and cinema. Please note that attendees under the age of 13 must be
accompanied by a parent or guardian. Family-appropriate concessions will be available for purchase,
including popcorn, candy, bottled water, and soft drinks, among other items.
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” is a 1968 British musical-fantasy film about a down-on-his-luck inventor
who turns a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children, and then they fly off on a
magical fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land. Disney billed the movie as, “The
most fantasmagorical musical entertainment in the history of everything!”
Directed by Ken Hughes with a screenplay co-written by Hughes with popular children’s author Roald
Dahl, and the film is loosely based on Ian Fleming’s 1964 novel “Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical
Car.” The film stars Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Adrian Hall, Heather Ripley, Lionel Jeffries,
comedian Benny Hill, James Robertson Justice, Robert Helpmann, Barbara Windsor, and Gert Fröbe.
The film was produced by Albert R. Broccoli with John Stears supervising the special effects. “Cubby”
Broccoli and Ian Fleming are best known as the creative team behind the James Bond film franchise.
The musical numbers, written by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, included the title song, “Chitty
Chitty Bang Bang,” which was nominated for an Academy Award. The film received the Golden Globe
Award for Best Original Score.
The remaining films on the inaugural Saturday Morning Family Film Series are “Mary Poppins” on
August 6, “Lady and the Tramp” on August 13, and “Heidi” on August 27. For a complete
performance schedule and of all upcoming events, please visit the Appalachian Theatre’s website at
About the Appalachian Theatre
The mission of the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country is to revitalize and sustain this historic community
touchstone as a quality home for diverse artists and audiences with a special focus on programs that celebrate
our distinctive Appalachian heritage and enhance our capacity to serve as an economic catalyst for Boone and
the High Country. Once a gorgeous 999-seat Art Deco movie house, the building closed in 2007 and sat empty
and gutted for years. On October 14, 2019, the Appalachian Theatre reopened its doors after a $10 million
renovation that brought the distinctive Art Deco details back to this historic theatre and created a new 629-seat,
state-of-the-art, acoustically pristine venue for live concerts, films, plays, and dance performances. The historic
Appalachian Theatre has entertained regional audiences in the heart of downtown Boone, North Carolina since