Classic Marilyn Monroe film picked for the return of the Noverre Cinema in Norwich

Marilyn Monroe stars with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in Some Like It Hot. Picture: United Artists

Marilyn Monroe stars with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in Some Like It Hot. Picture: United Artists - Credit: United Artists

A classic Marilyn Monroe movie has been chosen for a special screening which will see the return of the Noverre Cinema in Norwich for the first time in more than 20 years.

Noverre Cinema at the Assembly House, dated 1950. Photo: Archant Library.

Noverre Cinema at the Assembly House, dated 1950. Photo: Archant Library.

Some Like It Hot has been picked for the event on Friday, April 21 when, for one night only, The Assembly House's ballroom will be transformed back into the old cinema which closed in 1992 after more than 40 years in operation.

The Assembly House Trust has teamed up with Cinema City Education for the occasion which will also mark the opening of a new exhibition charting the history of The Assembly House. It is part of a year of events celebrating the history of the building.

First screened in 1959 and directed by Billy Wilder, Some Like It Hot tells the story of jazz musicians Joe and Jerry who masquerade in drag as members of an all-girl band to escape the clutches of Chicago mobster George Raft. Starring alongside Marilyn Monroe in the film are Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon.

Organiser Sam Leonard said: 'We decided to go for Some Like It Hot because we think it has got wide appeal and it's a classic film.

Some Like It Hot. Photo: AP

Some Like It Hot. Photo: AP - Credit: submitted


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'There is a lot of nostalgia within the event so we wanted a film that a lot of people could enjoy and remember.'

For more than 40 years the Noverre screened a diverse range of films including non-commercial and arthouse releases.

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Housed in a former ballroom at The Assembly House, it took its name from the Noverre family who taught dance there during the 18th century.

The Norfolk and Norwich Film Theatre, known for screening foreign and arthouse pictures, began showing films at the Noverre in 1966 before moving to its permanent home, Cinema City in St Andrews Street, in 1978.

A lobby card for Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot, 1959, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Ja

A lobby card for Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot, 1959, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. Photo: AP - Credit: AP

The Noverre closed on December 23, 1992.

Some Like It Hot will be screened at the Noverre Cinema in The Assembly House on Friday, April 21.

The exhibition will be open from 6pm, there will be a screening of archive films from 7pm and the main feature from 7.30pm.

Tickets £8.

The Assembly House in Norwich. Photo: Angela Sharpe.

The Assembly House in Norwich. Photo: Angela Sharpe. - Credit: Angela Sharpe

To book, visit www.cinemacityeducation.org.uk or call 01603 625145.

For more information about The Assembly House Heritage project visit www.assemblyhousetrust.org.uk

Ben Russell-Fish, manager of the 272-seat Noverre Cinema, part of the Assembly House. Photo: Archant

Ben Russell-Fish, manager of the 272-seat Noverre Cinema, part of the Assembly House. Photo: Archant Library.

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