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Genre: Musical

Duration: 101 Minutes

‘Top Hat’ 4th Anniversary Fundraiser

We’re throwing a party, and you are invited! It’s been a few years since we celebrated our anniversary in style, and this year will top them all.

The Hamilton All Star Jazz Band will kick the evening off with jazz standards from the 1930s while guests enjoy a glass of sparkling wine from Peller Estates, chocolates from Walkers Chocolates, and of course, our famous popcorn!

We’ll then introduce one of the most stunning romantic musical comedies of all time, Irving Berlin’s TOP HAT, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.  TOP HAT was released the same year our historic theatre was built, 1935! Hollywood producer, and Westdale Cinema Group Chair, Fred Fuchs will share insights into the making of the famous film.

We invite you to dress in 1930s Hollywood glamour: Top Hats and Fascinators are encouraged!  Make sure you can comfortably take them off to place in your lap during the movie!

And it’s all in support of our beautifully restored, heritage-designated, not-for-profit charitable theatre!

Tickets for the fundraiser are $65.00 and include the following:

  • Your ticket
  • A glass of Peller Estates sparkling wine
  • Walker’s Chocolates
  • Unlimited popcorn
  • A flower
  • Supporting The Westdale’s community mission

The Westdale Theatre, as Hamilton’s community cinema and arts venue, will primarily screen independent and repertory films, providing an intimate, heritage-designated space for cultural performances and exhibitions, showcasing Canadian content.


The Hamilton All Star Jazz Band is a community-based, non-profit organization for young musicians ages 11-25. Their alumni have won 3 Grammy awards and 47 Juno nominations, with 12 winners. If you have a passion for jazz, they have an ensemble for you! Join the band as they meld music and youth to build a better community.

TOP HAT (1935)
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Nominated for 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers star in this classic musical romance of two lovers kept apart by a case of mistaken identity. Vacationing in London, Dale Tremont (Rogers) is awakened by Jerry Travers (Astaire) working out his new dance routine in the hotel room above hers. Although the two feel an instant attraction, Dale thinks that Jerry is married to her friend Madge (Helen Broderick). When Jerry then pursues Dale romantically, she is shocked–believing him a cad–yet she can’t stop herself from falling in love with a seemingly married man. But when the couple meet again in Venice, all misunderstandings are resolved as Dale and Jerry dance together under the moonlight, cheek to cheek.

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