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Alamo Drafthouse honors Notre Dame with free screenings of 1939 'Hunchback of Notre Dame'

Joe Gross
Charles Laughton as Quasimodo in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." [CONTRIBUTED]

To celebrate the extraordinary beauty and power of Notre Dame cathedral, which was recently damaged in a fire, the Alamo Drafthouse will offer free screenings of the 1939 film “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” to Victory members in select cities, including Austin on April 24 at the Alamo Ritz.

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“In times of loss, I want to spend time and reminisce and reflect,” Alamo Drafthouse founder/CEO Tim League said in a statement.

“When Prince passed away, I spent nearly the whole day listening to his music and watching countless epic live performances. He was my favorite musician when I was in high school and warm memories from those days came flooding back. In the wake of the Notre Dame fire, I immediately dug out photos of me, (wife) Karrie, and our daughters from the cathedral. We visited Notre Dame together just last summer.

“But I also have a strong desire to revisit, on the big screen, my favorite cinematic memory of Notre Dame – and judging from the global response, I don't think I'm alone. So we’re bringing Charles Laughton's Quasimodo to the big screen at select Alamo Drafthouse locations for a series of free Victory screenings of the 1939 adaptation of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. Featuring what might be Charles Laughton's finest performance, it's the iconic tale of Quasimodo, the cathedral's bell-ringer, who must rescue the beautiful Esmeralda (the great Maureen O’Hara), accused of a crime she didn't commit by the Chief Justice. Let's all raise a glass to a global treasure, badly damaged but destined to triumphantly return.”

For more info, go to the Alamo Drafthouse website.