■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed
Hosting community events and helping local nonprofit organizations is one of the special missions of the Historic Hemet Theatre Foundation. Coming up this week, two local nonprofits will be sponsoring festivities at HHT.
The first event is a Memorial Day tribute, “Remember the Fallen,” featuring 7 hours of free patriotic movies. The event is sponsored by one of HHT’s dedicated volunteers, Ray Rodriguez, along with his nonprofit organization, America Remembers. Movies will begin at 12 noon on Monday May 28 and continue until 7 pm. One of the films featured will be “Flight to the Wall,” a 2013 documentary film about a group of Vietnam veterans who restore and fly three Vietnam era helicopters on a flight from Southern California to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington DC. Along the way, they are greeted by thousands of vets who share their stories. Admission for the day is free to everyone.
Then, on Thursday May 31, The Hemet Woman’s Club is hosting a sing-a-long screening of the 1978 classic musical, “Grease.” This year marks the 60th anniversary of the film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Festivities will include a variety of contests for costumes, singing, and dancing, as well as a raffle prize drawing. In addition, RV Casuals and a few Woman’s Club members will host vendor booths in the theatre lobby before the show. Tickets for the Sing-A-Long Grease event are $10 per person, available at the box office or from any Hemet Woman’s Club member. Come on down in your poodle skirt and celebrate with Sandy, Danny and the whole Rydell High gang. Proceeds from the event will benefit local programs of the Hemet Woman’s Club.
Meanwhile, this weekend the Tribute Mania concert series continues with a Tribute to Led Zeppelin featuring Led Zepagain on Saturday May 26. Tickets have been selling fast, so call the box office to check on availability.
Other concerts in the season include tributes to The Who (June 9), The Doobie Brothers (June 23), Chicago (July 7), The Bee Gees (July 14), The Eagles (August 4), and Abba (August 18). Showtime for all Tribute Mania concerts is 7 p.m., with doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $22 presale / $25 day of show.
HHT also features classic films for just $5 every Monday and Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. Coming up on Monday May 28th, Pot o’ Gold (1941) starring James Stewart, Paulette Goddard, and Horace Heidt, and on Tuesday May 29, Five Minutes to Live (1961) starring Johnny Cash, Donald Woods, and Cay Forester.
Information on all theatre events is available at www.HistoricHemetTheatre.com or by calling the ticket office, (951) 658-5950. A weekly email blast of upcoming events is available by enrolling on the website.
Event tickets are available online at www.PurplePass.com or at the theatre ticket office. Ticket Office hours are Monday thru Friday 11 am to 6 pm. Tickets are also available at the Downtown Deli, 113 N Harvard St and the Harvard Street Music Exchange, 134 S Harvard St.