The official word: Mary Badham, who played “Scout” Finch in the beloved 1962 film version of Harper Lee’s TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, will appear in person on Friday, November 9 at 7:00 pm at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, 11141 East Boulevard in University Circle. Badham, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance, will answer audience questions after a 50th anniversary screening of the landmark movie, which will be shown in a 35mm print from the Universal Pictures studio archive.
Tickets cost $20; Cinematheque members and those with Cleveland Institute of Art I.D.’s $15. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/284785. If any seats remain on Nov.9, $10 tickets for those age 25 & under will go on sale at the Cinematheque box office starting at 6:00 pm (cash/check only).
Robert Mulligan’s film stars Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, a widowed Alabama lawyer in Depression-era Alabama. Finch’s two young children, Jem (Phillip Alford) and Scout (Badham), witness prejudice and racial hatred firsthand when their father defends an innocent black man in an inflammatory rape case. Peck won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his iconic portrayal. Ten-year-old Badham became the youngest Best Supporting Actress nominee up to that time. Ironically, she lost the statuette to another child performer, 16-year-old Patty Duke in THE MIRACLE WORKER.
The Cinematheque offers free parking for filmgoers in the adjacent Cleveland Institute of Art lot. For further information, call (216) 421-7450 or e-mail email@example.com.