Vincentennial: A Halloween Tribute To Vincent Price’s 100th Birthday

Stumbled across this announcement this morning and though sadly I do not live near the Genesee Theater in Joliet or the Portage Theater in Chicago I hope that some of you will be able to attend this wonderful opportunity! A big thanks to Chicago Sun Times for the heads up on this event and please make sure to follow the link for an amazing interview with Victoria Price, the legendary actor’s daughter.

From the Chicago Sun Times announcement:
“So horror fans will be sure to flock to “Vincentennial: A Halloween Tribute to Vincent Price’s 100th Birthday,” on Sunday at the Genesee Theater in Joliet and at the Portage Theater in Chicago. The fright fest features screenings of classic Price movies such as “House on Haunted Hill” (1959) and “The Last Man on Earth” (1964). Special guest for the events will be Price’s daughter, Victoria, author of the critically acclaimed Vincent Price: A Daughter’s Biography (1999, St. Martins’ Press), who’ll be on hand for Q&A sessions and fan meet-and-greets.”

An excerpt from the interview with Miriam Di Nunzio and Victoria Price:
“Q. I came across a great Sears “training video” on YouTube that features
your dad discussing various works of art for the store’s employees. What’s the story behind that?

A. In the early 60s, Sears wanted to upgrade its image, so they asked sports figures and celebrities to be spokespersons. Since my dad was very widely associated with art collecting, they asked him to be the spokesperson for the Sears Art Collection — paintings, prints, lithographs that they would sell at their stores. My dad at first just wasn’t interested; it was my mom who talked him into it by suggesting that he give it credibility by buying the art that Sears would sell. So he went out and bought $200,000 worth of art for Sears over a five-year period — etchings, drawings, works from everybody from Picasso and Dali to emerging artists — packaged as the Vincent Price Collection. It would go on sale for a three-day period at select stores, and my dad would go in and teach the sales staff all about the art they would be selling. They sold all of it.”


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