Here's looking at you, kid: Romance reigns on Valentine's Day at the Clova

The Clova Cinema in historic downtown Cloverdale, opened in 1947, is locally owned and operated. - Jennifer Lang photo
The Clova Cinema in historic downtown Cloverdale, opened in 1947, is locally owned and operated.
— image credit: Jennifer Lang photo

"I'll have what she's having."

"Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine."

Classic lines from some of Hollywood’s greatest love stories.

What's the perfect date movie for Valentines Day? The Clova Cinema in Cloverdale recently turned to its patrons for the answer.

The locally-owned and operated movie theatre is arranging a romantically-inclined line-up for its Feb. 14 double bill. Local movie-goers and newsletter subscribers were asked to vote via email for their favourites – from When Harry Met Sally to Romeo & Juliet, The Notebook, and Pretty Woman to While You Were Sleeping, A Walk to Remember, and Crazy Stupid Love.

Suggestions were welcomed, too.

"Basically, the top two movies with the most votes will be played, so we really need your feedback on this," Clova staffer Samantha wrote in a Feb. 1 newsletter.

Over on The Clova's Facebook page, votes started stacking up for Crazy Stupid Love, Pretty Woman and The Notebook as fans weighed in with comments.

"The Clova will be full of women and the bar next door will be full of men," predicted Stephanie Barrett.

Patron suggestions included Annie Hall, A Walk in the Clouds, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Chocolat, starring Johnny Depp. "Johnny Depp for Valentines Day would be a real treat!" according to Denise Warren.

There were several votes for Pretty in Pink, too.

While women appear to have taken the task seriously, it was a different story with some of the men, offering up titles such as Expendables 2 and Alien – films that are entertaining, but leave something to be desired in the romance department.

Terminator and Shawshank Redemption fans are also out of luck.

"There just weren't enough votes for those two movies," Samantha explained, delivering the verdict Tuesday.

Coming in at number one is The Notebook, a 2004 weepie (and MTV Movie Award winner for Best Kiss), followed by Casablanca at number two, one of the best-loved films ever made.

Pretty Woman and Crazy Stupid Love (heavily favoured by the Facebook nation), rounded out the top four, and Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally weren't too far behind.

So, on Thursday, Feb. 14 the Clova presents Casablanca at 7 p.m., followed by The Notebook at 9:05 p.m., in a Valentine's Day double bill.

Tickets are $10. Proceeds from the Valentines Day movie event will go towards the cinema's conversion to a digital projection system.

Don't miss this chance to see Casablanca on the big screen. The 1942 classic, filmed in luminous black and white, stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman as Rick and Ilsa, and a scene-stealing Claude Rains as Cpt. Louis Renault.

The Notebook is based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks and stars Ryan Gosling, Rachel Adams, Gena Rowlands and James Garner.

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