Academy to screen “White Christmas” on LA campus

by Bob Deutsch

Academy to screen 'White Christmas' on LA campus

“White Christmas” hit theaters nationwide nearly 60 years ago. Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera Ellen and Rosemary Clooney, the classic film lit up the screen for millions of people and countless more over the years.

Now, according to KABC, Los Angeles’ ABC affiliate, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is hosting two outdoor movie screenings of the holiday musical. Opening up their own campus, seats are already sold out but they will have stand-by lines, a luxury that can be created by having an outdoor screening. The organization is more widely known for its annual award ceremony, popularly known as “The Oscars.”

“The Academy is much more than just the Oscars and I think that’s part of their mission now, is to have people know that,” Dena Kaye, daughter of Danny Kaye, told the source. “It’s a feel-good movie and I’m hoping people will bring kids.”

Furthermore, the Academy plans to use its contacts in the special effects market to create a white Christmas in LA with fake snow and an abundance of real hot chocolate.

By using an outdoor movie screen, the Academy is able to not only take advantage of the warm Los Angeles weather during the winter months, but also support many more viewers than if they were to rent a movie theater. Furthermore, by setting up the movie screen on their own campus, the organization is being more cost efficient than they would be by acquiring a permit for a public space.

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