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"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" at the State Theatre

"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" at the State Theatre

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 8:00pm Register

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Saturday, June 2, 8 p.m.  
State Theatre, downtown L.A.
Black and white; 35 mm
129 minutes

A free Q&A session about the theatre will follow the screening. Stay in your seat to learn more about the history and architecture! 

Join us for a free afterparty at Clifton's following the screening!

About the Film

James Stewart stars in this 1939 classic as the idealistic Jefferson Smith. Smith heads of the Boy Rangers organization, and after the death of a senator in his home state, the governor appoints Smith to fill the vacant seat. Due to his inexperience with politics, the press, his fellow senators, and his jaded secretary, Clarissa Saunders (Jean Arthur), see Smith as naive and unsophisticated.

At the encouragement of his fellow senator, Smith proposes a bill. His legislation calls for the federal government to purchase land in his home state to establish a national boys’ camp. However, Smith’s plan would jeopardize a dam project proposed by his politically corrupt colleagues, who then begin a smear campaign against him.

In one of the film’s most famous scenes, Smith attempts to clear his name, speaking passionately on the Senate floor about the American ideals of justice and freedom, and condemning the greed and corruption that pervade the political system. His speech still resonates today, and the film’s themes of justice and political corruption remain just as relevant as they were at the time of its release.

About the Theatre

For the first time since 1998, we'll host a Last Remaining Seats screening in Broadway’s State Theatre! This movie palace has a rich history and is filled with beautiful historic features. It most recently served as a church, which is common for historic theatres. Please note that it has not been restored and still bears signs of its use as a church. Learn more about the State Theatre >>