Ticket Giveaway! The Conquest of Cannan at Grail Moviehouse

FROM ASHEVILLE TO ‘CANAAN’: Actor Thomas Meighan steps off a trolley car in front of the Swannanoa-Berkeley Hotel at 45-47 Biltmore Ave. Director R. William Neill stands with his back to us, while Harry Perry cranks the camera. Reflectors were used to coax a little more light onto the star. Photo courtesy of the N.C. Collection, Pack Memorial Library

Movie tickets to the upcoming screening of The Conquest of Canaan at Grail Moviehouse on Sunday, Jan. 22 are going like hotcakes. And Xpress wants you to be there!

Shot on the streets of Asheville in March 1921, Conquest offers a glimpse at the past, a journey through neighborhoods, business districts — a moving snapshot of the city before the Great Depression.

And it’s a fun movie too! Be entertained as you gaze into the Asheville of days gone by.

Frank Thompson, who spearheaded the project to show Canaan in its near-original glory (and the author of this week’s Xpress feature on the film), will introduce the film and answer questions afterward. “The Jan. 22 screening will be the first time in nearly a century that a theater audience will see this film in something like its original form,” he says. The showing will also feature live music by Asheville stride pianist Andrew Fletcher. [Grab a copy of this week’s issue to read the story on the filming of the movie.]

To be entered to win a pair of tickets to the show, just comment below by noon on Friday, Jan. 20.


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40 thoughts on “Ticket Giveaway! The Conquest of Cannan at Grail Moviehouse

  1. A great way to finish out the exiting day of Friday, January 20, 2017, would be to win some tix.

    [Wednesday, 1/18/2017, 9:32 AM]

  2. Bob

    Sounds like a fun time – old Asheville, film historian, and pianny player!!

  3. Patti Lynn

    Always love these old movies showing interesting period attire and hair!

  4. Perri Morrison

    I would love to see this film, and the way my hometown looked back in my grandparents time.

  5. Eve

    I was born in Asheville in 1959 but didn’t get to grow up here (I missed out on so much!). Coming “home” in 2012 was the best decision I’ve made in a lifetime! I would love to see the Grail Theatre and the Conquest of Canaan!

  6. Daniel Simmons

    I’ve lived here for 16 years, and may be moving soon. It would be fantastic to see this film veggie I go, and soak up some of the history of this town I’ve loved so much.

  7. Kim

    This makes my heart sing! (and then not when I learned it was sold out. Please make it sing again :)

  8. chris morton

    The scene shot in the basement of Thomas Wolfe’s father’s monument shop occurred a little under a year before the old man died. Wolfe was working toward’s his masters degree at Harvard in 1921 when Cannan was shot and I’ve often wondered if he ever saw it….and if so, what his reaction might have been at seeing his father’s old monument shop on the silver screen!

  9. Sally Carter

    My husband grew up in Asheville and remembers the buildings shone in the article. The article is well written and very interesting. We are excited about the movie.

  10. Charlie Rawls

    This Asheville native would love to watch this movie filmed in the time of my Grandfather and Father. I can’t help but wonder if I might catch a sighting of either of them appearing as extras. Just seeing what my hometown looked like in their day would be a treat.

  11. David

    The first photo in the print article shows the old fire station. In Look Homeward Angel, Thomas Wolfe describes an exciting scene where the watchmaker rushes to the station at the sound of the alarm to catch the truck as it hurtles out of the station. Cool to see all this Asheville history tying together!

  12. Cindy

    Thank you for sharing your labor of love with us. Please set some more showings!

  13. Elizabeth Peterson

    I’ve been wanting to see this movie ever since I heard about it. Glad it will be screened at The Grail, and hope to see it!

  14. Thomas Wolf

    Yes that sounds amazing. What an awesome film to see you!… And with the amazing Andrew Fletcher!

  15. Melanie

    Sounds fascinating! Would love to be a part of Asheville’s past…and be present at this showing!

  16. Wesley Banner

    My late grandfather, William P. Banner, after much hard work tracked down this film in Russia in 1988 and had it shipped to Asheville. He retired in 1999 from WLOS 13 with 45 years of service.

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