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Visionary Cinema and Friends of the Fox Present 80th Anniversaries of Dracula and Frankenstein to Screen as a Double Feature at the Pomona Fox Theater on February 20

Two films released the same year, 1931, have defined the horror genre for the 80 ensuing years since they first appeared. Unquestionably, they shocked, horrified, and thrilled unsuspecting audiences in the dawn of the sound film era. Certainly, their leading actors, Béla Lugosi as Count Dracula and Boris Karloff as the Frankenstein Monster – though the latter was originally billed with a question mark – became immediately immortalized as their most famous characters.

Pomona, CA, February 12, 2011 --( It was 80 years ago in 1931 that the two most important “monster” films of all time were released by Universal Pictures: Frankenstein, starring Boris Karloff, and Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi. It was also in April 1931 that the Pomona Fox Theater was first opened to the public. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of these two classic films, Friends of the Pomona Fox will be screening both Dracula and Frankenstein on the big screen at the Pomona Fox Theater, in downtown Pomona on Sunday, February 20. Dracula will screen at 3:00 pm and Frankenstein will screen at 4:45 pm. Doors will open at 2:00 pm. Ticket prices are: Adults $5, Children (12 and under) $3.

Special Guest Panel to take place between films:

Sara Karloff, daughter of Frankenstein lead Boris Karloff

Bela Lugosi, Jr., son of Dracula lead Bela Lugosi


Ted Newsom, film historian
Bill Warren, movie/monster historian
Craig Reardon, makeup expert/artist
Shane Mahan, visual effects for Terminator, Avatar, etc.
Actor Dan Roebuck (The River's Edge, The Fugitive, The Late Shift [as Jay Leno], Lost, Matlock, Nash Bridges, etc)

Moderator: Scott Essman, Instructor in Communications at The University of La Verne, California.

All guests are subject to availability. There will also be displays of monster materials in the lobby of the theater, provided by program sponsors.

“In addition to noted film and monster historians, and the family members of the original stars, we’ve now added both a special effects master and an actor who are both heavily involved in the evolution of the art form that was created by the great Karloff and Lugosi,” stated Friends of the Pomona Fox president, John Clifford. “We are really looking forward to our special guests and having the opportunity to view these classic films on the Pomona Fox screen.”

Friends of the Pomona Fox is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation (Pomona Fox Corp.). All proceeds from programs presented by Friends of the Pomona Fox to toward educational and preservation efforts.

Sponsors for the February 20 program include: Downtown Pomona Owners’ Association (DPOA), Creature Features, Art in Clay Sculpture Studio, Famous Monsters of Filmland, Monsterpalooza, Rhino Records in Claremont, Claremont 5-Second Film Festival, Antique Gallery Pomona • Braunstein & Schowalter "Antiques - Estates – Ebay,” Pomona Heritage, and Historical Society of the Pomona Valley.

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