MORGAN PARK — Need some help getting in the mood for the South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade? Perhaps a movie night will do the trick.
The South Side Irish Parade Film Festival returns to the Beverly Arts Center Saturday with a pair of movies that feature strong Irish themes. "On Broadway" will be shown at 3 p.m., followed by "Sing Street" at 7 p.m.
Tickets to the matinee cost $10 or $9 for members of the center at 2407 W. 111th St. Tickets to the evening show cost $18 or $16 for the members. This show includes live Irish music before and after the movie as well as a cash bar and several raffles.
There's also a festival pass available for both movies. This pass costs $25 or $23 for members, said Tim McSweeney, a West Beverly resident and an organizer of the film fest.
"On Broadway" is the story of Boston carpenter Jack O'Toole, who is devastated after the death of his favorite uncle. He writes a play about the wake and performs his show in the back of a neighborhood pub.
"You could almost think it could be set right here in Beverly," McSweeney.
Nominated for a Golden Globe, "Sing Street" is set in Dublin during the 1980s. The coming-of-age film follows a boy who starts a band to impress a mysterious girl he likes, according to Internet Movie Data Base.
McSweeney said the film festival serves as a kickoff of sorts to the parade season. The annual march down Western Avenue is set for noon March 12. The parade begins at 103rd Street in Beverly and travels down to 115th Street in Morgan Park.
"It's a fun night out to spend with friends or as a couple at the arts center," he said.
McSweeney was among those who pushed for the return of the film fest last year. The event had a brief hiatus during the years when organizers briefly canceled the event due to drunken behavior.
"We are hoping for big numbers," he said.