Alec Baldwin to host ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ at Guild Hall

Mary Badham (as Scout) and Gregory Peck (as Atticus Finch) in "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Mary Badham (as Scout) and Gregory Peck (as Atticus Finch) in “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

In 1960, an unknown airline reservation agent named Harper Lee published her first novel. That book, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” went on to win the Pulitzer Prize and became a beloved works of fiction as well as a staple in American classrooms.

Two years later, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Horton Foote adapted Lee’s novel for the screen and won the Oscar for his work. It was one of the film’s three Academy Awards and it featured a career defining performance by Gregory Peck.

On Saturday, January 7 at 7 p.m., Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater and the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) will present a screening of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a film directed by Robert Mulligan which masterfully captures Lee’s deft exploration of race and class relations, gender roles, and a child’s loss of innocence. 

HIFF co-chairman Alec Baldwin and artistic director David Nugent will host the screening, which is the latest entry in Guild Hall’s long running Winter Classic series. An extended discussion of the film will follow.

Tickets to the screening are $22 at guildhall.org. They can also be purchased through the box office two hours prior to the screening by calling (631) 324-4050 or by visiting theatermania.com. Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street in East Hampton.