What better way to spend your Valentine’s Day than
taking in La Bohème, a silent, melodramatic classic at the beautiful and, dare
we say, sexy Heights Theater. This 1926 film, based on the Puccini standard,
has all the usual suspects: the tragic
Mimi, a consumptive, and her jealous lover, the Bohemian poet Rodolfo. Their
love affair and eventual separation unfolds in all its emotive glory to the
luscious sound of the Wurlitzer organ. Lillian Gish, then one of the cinema’s
brightest stars, personally chose the great King Vidor to direct, and the
result is a beautiful and touching movie that will send you and your beau home
in each other’s arms.
Heights Theater, 3951 Central Ave. N.E., Columbia Heights; 763-788-9079.