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‘Citizen Kane’ getting first ever showing in Hearst Castle this spring

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While William Randolph Hearst may not agree with the decision, it seems like the rest of his family are open to showing a movie that famously took a lot from his life.

Variety reported on Friday that for the first time ever, Citizen Kane would be showing in the Hearst Castle. The film will screen on March 13 as part of the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. The movie will be screened at the private theater at the massive hilltop estate, the inspiration for Xanadu in Citizen Kane, for about 50 people. Tickets will cost $1,000 each and proceeds will benefit the festival and The Friends of Hearst Castle preservation group.

The film will be introduced by TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz, the grandson of Herman Mankiewicz, who teamed with Welles to write the screenplay. That script received the film’s only Oscar.

Citizen Kane stars Orson Welles and Joseph Cotton and is ranked as the #2 movie of all-time according to the most recent Sight & Sound poll behind Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo.


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