The Norton Simon Museum Presents the Film Series 'An Invitation to Dance'

Four films featuring dance legends Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly to screen every Friday in February

Published : Friday, January 19, 2018 | 12:30 PM

From Top Clockwise: Top Hat (1935), Swing Time (1936), Singin’ in the Rain (1952), An American in Paris (1951)

In celebration of the many dancers on view in the exhibition “Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor,” the Norton Simon Museum presents a film series starring dance legends Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. Films screen every Friday in February at 5:30 p.m. and are free with general admission. All films are in English.

Top Hat (1935)
Directed by Mark Sandrich
Friday, February 2, 5:30–7:10 p.m.
An American dancer (Fred Astaire) comes to Britain and falls for a model (Ginger Rogers), but tension, confusion and passion arises when she mistakes him for a married producer.

Swing Time (1936)
Directed by George Stevens
Friday, February 9, 5:30–7:15 p.m.
A performer and gambler (Astaire) travels to New York City to raise the $25,000 he needs to marry his fiancée, only to become entangled with a beautiful aspiring dancer (Rogers).

An American in Paris (1951)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Friday, February 16, 5:30–7:25 p.m.
A former GI who remained in France to study painting (Gene Kelly) is discovered by a wealthy benefactor. He betrays her by romancing a woman (Leslie Caron) who turns out to already be in a relationship with his best friend.

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly
Friday, February 23, 5:30–7:15 p.m.
A 1920s silent-film star (Kelly) falls for a spunky chorus girl (Debbie Reynolds), much to the dismay of his diva-ish leading lady, in this lighthearted musical spoof of the early days of Hollywood.

All screenings are free with Museum admission. Admission is $15.00 for adults; $12.00 for seniors; and free for Museum members, students with I.D., and everyone age 18 and under. For more information, call (626) 449-6840 or visit

Norton Simon Museum is at 411 West Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena; located on the corner of Colorado and Orange Grove Boulevards at the intersection of the Foothill (210) and Ventura (134) freeways. Parking at the Norton Simon Museum is free.







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