VINCENTENNIAL, The Vincent Price 100th Birthday Celebration Coming to St. Louis
Vincent Price was born in St. Louis May 27th, 1911 and is the most iconic movie star to hail from our city. He was also a gourmet chef, author, stage actor, speaker, world-class art collector, raconteur, and all-around Renaissance man. Vincent Price, who died on October of 1993, was one of the most remarkable people of the 20th Century. We have only one opportunity to celebrate his 100th birthday and St. Louis is the place to do it so Cinema St. Louis is presenting VINCENTENNIAL, The Vincent Price 100th Birthday Celebration here. Vincentennial will consist of a film festival in conjunction with an exhibit. The exhibit will consist of Vincent Price mementos, heirlooms, images, artifacts, artwork, memorabilia, and collectibles. It will be hosted at the Sheldon Concert Hall and Galleries (visit their website HERE), will open in late April and will remain up throughout the summer. The Sheldon is located directly behind the Fabulous Fox Theater, where Vincent Price’s film debut SERVICE DELUXE premiered in 1938. The exhibit was originally conceived as a collection of movie memorabilia and collectibles, but collectors outside of St. Louis joined the project and were willing to loan some of their items and it has turned into a true historic exhibit examining all aspects of Vincent Price’s life and career. The exhibit will include:
– Vincent Price’s baby shoes
– Vincent Price’s baby book, chronicling his birth–includes his baby mittens, locks of hair, etc.
– A sympathy letter Vincent Price wrote to Evie Karloff upon the death of his old friend, her husband Boris Karloff
– A drawing Vincent Price did of Helen Hayes when they were on-stage in London in the 1930’s
– Cards from Vincent Price’s wallet; AFTRA card, SAG card, etc.
– A postcard to Vincent Price from Ernest Hemingway
That’s just a small sampling of the historic pieces. There’s much more: theatre programs, his high school and college yearbooks, awards he received, paintings by and of him, life-size figures of characters he played (one wearing an original costume he wore in HOUSE OF WAX), and of course movie memorabilia and collectibles.
The Vincentennial Vincent Price Film Festival will be held during the week leading up to Price’s 100th birthday. The film festival will be presented by Cinema St. Louis and you can check here at wearemoviegeeks.com or the Cinema St. Louis’ website HERE for details as they become available. On Friday May 27th, Vincent Price’s daughter Victoria Price will be here in St. Louis to make a presentation about her father. Vincent Price loved St. Louis and was proud of his roots here. He gave much to our city and Vincentennial is a way to honor the good will his memory generates. Updates for Vincentennial will be posted here at wearemoviegeeks.com.
Visit the Vincentennial facebook page HERE.