Feeling black? Don’t despair: the Kiggins Theatre and Niche Wine Bar & Bistro are teaming up to offer Noir Nights starting Monday, Nov. 14. This film series pairs film noir classics with pre-show wine tastings featuring wines inspired by the films. Niche proprietor Leah Jackson will be on hand to discuss the wines, which will also be available for purchase during the movie, and by the bottle as customers leave. Individual film tickets are $10, include the tasting. An advance package is also available for $30, which includes all three film tickets and a collectible Niche stemless wine glass (a savings of $1 per pour on the night of shows).
Kicking off the series on Nov. 14 is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous films, the legendary Notorious. Starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman and set against a background of spies and counterspies in post WWII South America, Notorious is also one of film histories greatest love stories. The pre-show tasting will include three South American Pinots.
The rarely seen Christmas Holiday shows on Dec. 12 and stars two actors better known for light-hearted musicals, Singin’ in the Rain’s Gene Kelly and First Love’s Deanna Durbin. Directed by the prolific Robert Sidmak (The Killers, Criss Cross, The Crimson Pirate), Christmas Holiday is the story of Abigail Manette (Durbin) a nightclub owner who’s involved with L.A.’s underworld. Her jealous husband (Kelly) is in prison for murder and Abigail thinks he’s safely out of the picture, until he escapes. This night’s screening will be preceded by a tasting of three California Pinot Noirs.
Noir Nights concludes on Jan. 9 with the 1944 Howard Hawks classic, To Have or Have Not. Humphrey Bogart stars as American expatriate Harry Morgan who agrees to help transport a French Resistance leader and his beautiful wife to Martinique while romancing a lounge singer played by Lauren Bacall. This screening will be preceded by tasting Champagnes and sparkling wines.
The Kiggins Theatre is located at 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Niche Wine Bar is located in the same building at 1013 Main St. For more details, visit www.kigginstheatre.net.
Above image: a film clip from “Notorious,” starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman.