Johnny Holiday, nephew of Bing Crosby announced as MC of Vintage Valentine at the Rialto along with The Johnny Holiday Dance Orchestra. The event will also include an exclusive screening of the classic Hollywood musical, Singin’ in the Rain to honor not only the recently passed Debbie Reynolds but also the great Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and all of the hard working show business veterans that graced stages and screens across the country like those of the historic Rialto Theatre.
Vintage Valentine at the Rialto, a formal, retro-style gala presenting a magical evening of Old Hollywood Romance will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the beautiful Rialto Theatre in South Pasadena. (As tickets are very limited, they are only available online and will likely sell out. This is a 21 and over event). All proceeds for this Valentine’s Day event set in the “Golden Age of Hollywood” will benefit the Rialto and Glendale’s historic Rockhaven Sanitarium, and is presented in cooperation with Friends of the Rialto, Friends of Rockhaven and Lanigan Creative Media with private sponsorship from Crescenta Valley Town Council President, Leslie Dickson and the Dickson Family.
A regular performer at The Cicada Club in Downtown LA, Johnny Holiday is one of the last remaining crooners from the era of supper clubs and ballrooms. He first began singing on television in the 1960’s, and later moved on to radio, as well as performing in some of the swankiest venues of the day. Joining him will be the 10 piece Johnny Holiday Dance Orchestra with featured singers Christine Nelson and Adam Tunney.
This will be the first event of this scale to grace the Rialto Theatre in several decades and the first event of it’s kind for Friends of Rockhaven who hopes to host more events like this at Rockhaven, once it is open to the public. Says Holiday, “Preserving live entertainment and the great venues where you could spend an evening and enjoy a play or listen to a performer is critical to who we are as a nation. The Arts define us as much as we define the Arts and without theaters to host events we limit the opportunities for many young people who want to work behind the scenes or on a stage.”
Says Crescenta Valley Town Council President and private sponsor, Leslie Dickson, “I believe fully that supporting the preservation of Rockhaven Sanitarium and The Rialto Theatre are important not only to our understanding of local history, but also to the economic future of our communities. I love La Crescenta but our community is part of a larger context. These are places that will inspire inventiveness in generations to come.”
Refreshment stands and the speakeasys will be available to all, as will formal photos thanks to Paper Moon Vintage. Celebrity guests may include Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, and Groucho Marx, and costumed ushers and usherettes will circulate the party with candy and long stem roses. This will be a truly spectacular event.
Says Emily Lanigan of Lanigan Creative Media, “Rockhaven Sanitarium and The Rialto Theatre are both culturally important sites embedded in Hollywood history. They are also both linchpins to further economic development within their communities and we can’t wait to see them full of life again.”