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9 facts about cult favorite 'Xanadu'

Olivia Newton-John and Michael Beck in "Xanadu."
Photo credit:
Film Society of Lincoln Center

Olivia Newton-John became a household name after starring opposite John Travolta in the movie version of the musical Grease in 1978, but immediately following that blockbuster she made Xanadu.

The movie wasn’t as well-received but reached cult status due to its awesome soundtrack and dance numbers.

Tonight FilmOut is bringing this wonderful so-bad-its-great cinematic musical to the big screen at the Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas.

Before you go see this disco vision of Kubla Khan, here are some facts about the movie according to IMDb.

1) Gene Kelly and Olivia Newton-John's dance number was shot after filming had finished. Kelly choreographed it. His conditions included a closed stage with only himself, Newton-John, a cameraman, a choreographer he had befriended and two others.

2) The Pan Pacific Auditorium, on Beverly Boulevard in Hollywood near CBS' Television City, was used for exterior shots of the Xanadu Club. It was built in 1935 and destroyed by a fire in 1989. A community center now sits on the site, featuring a single version of the Pan Pacific's four curved art-deco spires.

3) The soundtrack was an enormous success. The song "Magic" went to #1 on the US pop singles chart. In the UK the soundtrack album peaked at #2, and the single "Xanadu" was #1 for two weeks in July 1980.

4) The film was meant to launch Olivia Newton-John's career as a solo star. Due to its complete failure at the American box office, it became the one and only time she received top billing without a co-star in a theatrical release.

5) The mural in the film was created in post-production. A digital image was superimposed over a shop in an alleyway on Dudley Avenue and Ocean Front Walk in Santa Monica, CA.

6) The roller disco scene included 60 dancers.

7) The Broadway stage version opened at the Helen Hayes Theater on July 10, 2007, and ran for 512 performances. It was nominated for the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical and Book.

8) Amazingly, this was Olivia Newton-John's final-big screen theatrical musical for 30 years until Score: A Hockey Musical (2010). The movie Two of a Kind (1983) she made with John Travolta was not a musical, though she did sing songs for its soundtrack.

9) According to Olivia Newton-John, the script was written during filming.

FilmOut presents "Xanadu" at The Landmark Theatre at 7 pm.

Click HERE for ticket information. 

The Landmark Theatre is located at 3965 5th Ave, San Diego, CA, 92103

Co-Presented by: Mike Mance from Mance Creative, Josh Bottfeld, Ivan Solis Jr., Ron Oster & Amy Driscoll.