Tonight marks the Twitteringly anticipated re-opening of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery Screenings.  Over here in LA, you can feel the collective squirm build up in us over the past few months, waiting for day.  For LA movie people, the first day of Hollywood Forever is the official start of Summer.

And hotchachacha, do they have a killer lineup already prepared.  Coming shows include “Young Frankenstein,” “Vertigo,” and “The Shining”: all movies I plan on watching until my own grave.  Tonight’s opening bash is a tribute to the late Elizabeth Taylor with “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

Now, Hollywood Forever screenings might sound a touch crass.  Hundreds of LA hipsters and the Hipsters Who Hate Hipsters (TM) gathering with blankets and booze to watch a movie projected onto the side of a mausoleum.  But it’s always handled with reverence, class and exquisite taste.  Their pre-show DJs have filled my playlists with some of the greatest “What IS this?” music.  There’s also usually someone from the film to talk about it beforehand.  In the case of tonight, they’ll most likely have a historian.

With that reverence out of the way, I have to tell you that “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” is quite perfectly the drinkiest movie ever made.

When they drink, you drink.

When they drink, you drink.

“Cat” is in the great 50’s movie / Tennessee Williams tradition of homosexual undertones being muted because of the period, but simultaneously being so important to the plot that the whole movie exists in a drinky waft of confusion that leaves less astute (and not as cheeky) viewers to ask themselves “Geez, why is he so upset?”

For my drink tonight, I’m bringing in a gold Southern standard, the Kentucky Bubblebath.  Equal parts bourbon (always go with smooth, affordable Bulleit) and lavender water.  I’m serving it with BBQ cocktail wienies because it’s gonna be that kind of refined/sloppy night.

$10 cash.  East down Santa Monica Blvd, towards the 101.  Get there by 5!  Don’t miss this.

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Adam Sass

ADAM SASS is a journalist and copy editor for Mediaplanet, which prints in USA Today. His short story appeared in the anthology STARLING SCI-FI: NEW TALES OF THE BEYOND and was nominated for Best Science Fiction Story by Writer’s Digest. He lives in New York City with his husband and two dachshunds.

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