The Secret of Santa Vittoria

Megan Hoberg - September 18, 2016

In celebration of California Wine Month, the Lake County Winery Association is sponsoring two showings of “The Secret of Santa Vittoria” at the Soper Reese on September 27th. 

Director Stanley Kramer blends humor, charm, suspense and romance in this screen adaptation of Robert Crichton’s best-selling tale of a small northern Italian village and its attempt to hide a million bottles of wine from the Nazis. Quinn brings pathos and bravado to his role as the bumbling drunk who, by happenstance, becomes the town’s Mayor.  Academy Award nominations were given for Best Original Score and Best Film Editing.
The viewings will take place at 1:00 and 6:00 pm and wine will be available by the glass at the 6:00 show.   The movie is rated PG-13, with run time of 2 hours 10 minutes.  Entry to the film is by donation. 

This historic theatre is the perfect setting to watch this classic movie with your friends and family.  The theatre originally opened in 1949 and was known as the “Lakeport Theatre.”  It was designed by San Francisco theater architect, Vincent G. Raney.  The owner, Leo Reese, commissioned the project after operating Lakeport’s Orpheum Theatre for twenty years.  It operated as a movie house until the 1990s when Lakeport Cinema was constructed. 
The building was purchased by the Lake County Arts Council in 1997 with a donation by Jim and Florence Soper and renovations were made to convert the movie house into a performing arts center.  It is often used for live performances and for theatre classes offered by Mendocino College. 

Additional movies scheduled for the remainder of the year are as follows:

October 11: King Kong
October 25: Vertigo
November 8: Mutiny on the Bounty
November 22: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
December 13: Alice in Wonderland
December 27: Gigi

For a list of live performances and other special events, visit

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