APP THEATRE GOES TO THE DOGS!
Free Screening of “Lady and the Tramp” Set for Saturday, August 13
BOONE, NC – Grab your flea collars and head to the Appalachian Theatre on Saturday, August 13
when the much-loved Disney animated classic “Lady and the Tramp” will be screened for the first
time in over fifty years as part of the inaugural Saturday Morning Family Film Series.
Due to a generous sponsorship by Allen Wealth Management, “Lady and the Tramp” is being offered
free of charge to the general public at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2022. The film follows the
upcoming screening of “Mary Poppins” the prior week on Saturday, August 6.
This is the fifth of six family-friendly movie classics being presented during the summer months on
select Saturday mornings through August 27. “Lady and the Tramp” was first shown at the
Appalachian Theatre in September 1955 and was brought back by popular demand in both 1962 and
1972, but was last seen over half a century ago. It was the first animated movie to be filmed in the
CinemaScope widescreen film process, as well as Disney’s first animated film to be distributed by their
then-new Buena Vista division. The film runs one hour and fifteen minutes in duration.
The free screening begin 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. And, despite the film’s title, no pets are allowed inside the theatre. Family appropriate concessions will be available for purchase, including popcorn, candy, bottled water, and
soft drinks, among other items. Free popcorn is being provided by Magic Bound Travel to audience
members who stop by their information table in the lobby.
“Lady and the Tramp” is an animated musical romance film produced by Walt Disney and released
by Buena Vista Film Distribution. The 15th Disney animated feature film, it was directed by Clyde
Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske, and features the voices of Barbara Luddy, Larry
Roberts, Bill Thompson, Bill Baucom, Verna Felton, and Peggy Lee.
Based on the 1945 Cosmopolitan magazine story “Happy Dan, The Cynical Dog” by Ward Greene,
“Lady and the Tramp” tells the story of a female American Cocker Spaniel named Lady, who lives
with a refined, upper-middle-class family, and a male stray mutt called Tramp. When the two dogs meet,
they embark on many romantic adventures and fall in love.
A number of fun facts about the film will provide context for audience members. Walt Disney didn’t want
to include the “Bella Note” spaghetti-eating scene, now one of the most iconic moments in the entire
Disney canon. In earlier script versions, Tramp was first called Homer, then Rags, and Bozo. It was
thought in the 1950s that the term “tramp” would not be acceptable, but Walt Disney himself approved
of the choice. The gift of a puppy in a hatbox from the film was based on a true story in which Walt
Disney gave a puppy to his wife, Lillian.
The remaining film on the inaugural Saturday Morning Family Film Series is the classic “Heidi” with
Shirley Temple in the title role; it will be screened on August 27. For a complete performance schedule
and of all upcoming events, please visit the Appalachian Theatre’s website at www.apptheatre.org.
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