Ben-Hur | Mar 29 & 30
March 29 / 7:00 pm & March 30 / 7:00 pm
Starring Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins & Stephen Boyd
Experience this grand spectacle back on the Big Screen to help you celebrate the Easter season! Ben-Hur won ELEVEN Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Cinematography.
After a Jewish prince (Heston) is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend in 1st-century Jerusalem, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.
The chariot race required 15,000 extras on a set constructed on 18 acres of backlot at Cinecitta Studios outside Rome. Tour buses visited the set every hour. Eighteen chariots were built, with half being used for practice. The race took five weeks to film.
During the 18-day auction of MGM props, costumes and memorabilia that took place in May 1970 when new studio owner Kirk Kerkorian was liquidating the studio’s assets, a Sacramento restaurateur paid $4,000 for a chariot used in the film. Three years later, during the energy crisis, he was arrested for driving the chariot on the highway.
Ben-Hur is the only Hollywood film to make the Vatican-approved film list in the category of religion.
This is the first of three films to have won 11 Academy Awards, including the Best Picture Oscar. The second was Titanic (1997) and the third was The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). Several of the categories won by Titanic and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King didn’t exist in Ben-Hur‘s day, making its 11 wins all the more impressive.
Friday & Saturday ONLY, March 29 & 30, 7:00pm
1959 | Rated G | 3Hr, 32Min
The Strand is CLOSED on Sunday, March 31 in observance of the Easter holiday