Spirit Guide: Egyptian Theater Screening “The Roaring Twenties” / California Alcohol Production During Prohibition – Saturday, January 25th, 2pm

January 23rd, 2014 — 12:49pm

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The term “speakeasy” has become shorthand to describe a classic cocktail bar with a vintage aesthetic.  We’re not very concerned with titles or labels, but we probably wouldn’t refer to ourselves as a “speakeasy.”  This is partly because we don’t want people to feel they need to know someone to get in, but mostly because prohibition was a Goddamned tragedy: Bartenders and restaurant professionals lost their livelihoods or were made criminals; organized crime flourished; and thousands of Americans died drinking poisonous alcohol.

If you’re a history nerd and you like to drink, we might see you at the legendary Egyptian Theater this Saturday, January 25th.  The American Cinematheque and The Art Deco Society are celebrating the 80th anniversary of the repeal of the Volstead Act with a screening of 1939’s The Roaring Twenties, starring James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart.  The film will be followed by “an illustrated talk from chef, educator and historian Ernest Miller on the alcohol industry around the time of Prohibition.”  The event will focus on the history of prohibition-era Los Angeles, with a discussion of what the local spirits industry could have been.

For more information, visit http://americancinematheque.com/

Max Seaman / The Varnish / General Manager