The Kiggins Theatre and Niche Wine Bar & Bistro are teaming up to offer a second round of Noir Nights starting Monday, March 6. 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.
The next series of Noir Nights focuses on the noir films of the legendary Orson Welles. Kicking off the series at 7:30 p.m. on March 6 is “The Lady from Shanghai,” which Welles wrote, directed, and starred in—along with his wife, Rita Hayworth. Welles plays a sap (to use a noir-era descriptive term) named Michael who finds himself drawn into a web of deceit and ultimately murder when he gets involved with a dangerous blonde (the normally redheaded Hayworth) and her disabled husband (a never-better Everett Sloane).
Up next is the notorious 1958 Orson Welles classic “Touch of Evil,” at 7:30 p.m. on April 10. Once again Welles is on both sides of the camera in this film noir masterpiece whose Hollywood backstory is as unforgettable as the movie itself. Starring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, and Orson Welles with a special appearance by Marlene Dietrich, this dark portrait of corruption and morally compromised obsessions tells the story of a crooked police chief who frames a Mexican youth as part of an intricate criminal plot.
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. All seats are normally $9, except for Mondays, when all tickets are $6.