The Mount Rushmore Society promises a “monumental night” when it rolls out the red carpet Thursday, Sept. 21, for the first of five annual Monumental Movie Nights, at the Elks Theatre.

The five-year special fundraising event to preserve Mount Rushmore National Memorial will feature classic or “retro” films made in, or about South Dakota.

The Monumental Movie Night premiere features the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock comic thriller, “North by Northwest.”

The movie, filmed at Mount Rushmore features Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Martin Landau and Leo G. Carroll.

VIP tickets for the event are $100, with only 100 tickets available.

General admission tickets are $25.

For VIP ticket-holders, festivities begin at 5 p.m. with a reception in the Hotel Alex Johnson’s newly renovated ballroom. The movie starts at 6:30 p.m.

VIP tickets include complimentary valet parking, an Academy Awards-style reception featuring a heavy “Monumental Munchies” mini-buffet and complimentary beverages, and main floor seating in the Elks Theatre. There will be Hollywood-style swag bags, drawings and door prizes. In addition there will be Monumental mug shots, where your face can be super-imposed behind the faces of Mount Rushmore.

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General admission seats will be in the balcony and open areas of the theater's main floor. Ticket holders also will be eligible for door prizes.

The Mount Rushmore Society was formed when work on the memorial first began -- and has raised millions of dollars for facility improvements and promotional events since 1930.

Monumental Movie Night was conceived as a fun, new way to raise money for the memorial. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will go to the projects or programs of Mount Rushmore. The thought behind Monumental Movie Night is that many of these classic films may never be shown on the big screen again.

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