KEOKUK — For his efforts on behalf of the film industry, Keokuk-born actor Conrad Nagel received an honorary Academy Award in 1940. Now, that same Oscar will be on display in Keokuk during the film festival named for Nagel Friday and Saturday at the Grand Theatre.

Not only was he Keokuk's greatest film star, Nagel was one of the founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and made many contributions to Hollywood. For his decades of work in film, radio and television, he received three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Conrad Nagel Film Festival is a fundraiser for Main Street Keokuk Inc. and the historic Grand Theatre. Nagel films will be shown at Keokuk's art deco Grand Theatre during the two-day event, and other activities will celebrate Keokuk's connection to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Attendees are encouraged to dress in 1920s to 1930s-era costume as there will be opportunities for photos with Nagel's award and during the red carpet experience.

Friday — 'The Mysterious Lady'

The event begins at 6 p.m. Friday with the champagne and hors d'oeuvres reception under the tent outside the Grand at 26 N. Sixth St. Arrive on the red carpet in style — rides in period cars will be offered. Red carpet interviews with attendees will be streamed live on Facebook and on the big screen inside the theatre. Friday's reception music will be provided by calliope artist Joe Roost and the Keokuk High School Treble and Brass ensembles.

At 7 p.m., guests will move inside the theatre to hear a re-enactor portraying renowned Hollywood gossip columnist Louella Parsons of Burlington as she interviews actors portraying Howard Hughes and Elsa Maxwell. Also with ties to Keokuk, the two celebrities will discuss Nagel's impact.

Next, the KHS ensembles will perform, followed by the premiere of a children’s silent film short, "A Picnic in the Park." Locally produced this fall by Southeastern Community College instructor Carlene Woodside and SCC students, the film short stars area youth.

Finally, "The Mysterious Lady," starring Nagel and Greta Garbo, will be screened.

After the movie, the crowd can travel across the street to Lucky's Pub and Grub for the "Sardi's Experience" after-party.

Attendees can purchase a $30 ticket for Friday evening or a $55 weekend pass that includes admission to all Friday and Saturday activities.

Saturday matinee — 'Steamboat Willie' and 'Our Gang'

Saturday promises a full schedule of events. Buses will take visitors on guided tours of celebrity homes, departing from the Grand Theatre at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. During the driving tour, local historians Joe Fierce and Ed Kiedaisch will tell about the homes' historical significance. While there is no fee, pre-registration is required — call (319) 524-5056 to sign up. Homes include those once occupied by Elsa Maxwell, the Hughes Family (summer and winter homes), Jane Clemens (mother of Mark Twain), Chief Justice Samuel Miller and Civil War general Samuel Curtis, with an insider tour of the house where silent film actor Edward Kimball lived. Additional locations on the tour are The Katie John House (which inspired author Mary Huiskamp Calhoun Wilkens), Lucky's Pub and Grub (site of Iowa’s first telephone company) and the Grand Theatre.

Back at the Grand, the family-friendly matinee kicks off at 2 p.m. with the children's silent film short, and screening of "Steamboat Willie" and "Our Gang." Matinee tickets are $15 each or are included in the $55 weekend pass.

After the films, attendees will build their own “swag bags” with gum drops, Cracker Jacks, licorice, candy sticks, Sno-Caps, bubble gum, Salt Water Taffy and popcorn. Cookies and beverages will be served. People are encouraged to bring their cell phones and cameras to capture “selfies” as period photo-booth accessories will be available. The reception will be from 3:15 to 4 p.m. in the tent in front of the Grand Theatre. Calliope music will be provided by Roost.

Saturday evening — 'The Divorcee'

Saturday evening's festivities begin with a 6 p.m. champagne and hors d'oeuvres reception, red carpet interviews with live streaming, and "limo" rides in period cars. The red carpet experience will be highlighted with performances by soloist Katie Sullivan in the tent (before the screening and during the event).

At 7 p.m. inside the Grand, a program, "Conrad Nagel — The Iowa Years," will be presented by special guest Leo Landis, curator of the State Historical Museum of Iowa.

The children's silent film short will be shown next, followed by screening of "The Divorcee," starring Nagel and Norma Shearer.

At the close of the film, guests can head to Lucky's for the "Sardi's Experience" after-party.

Saturday evening tickets costs $30 each, or attendees can buy the $55 weekend pass.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call Main Street Keokuk Inc. at (319) 524-5056 or speak with a committee member. Tickets also can be purchased at Lucky's, Pilot Grove Savings Bank and Hy-Vee, all in Keokuk; Hill-Dodge Bank in Warsaw, Illinois; or online at conradnagelfilmfestival.eventbrite.com.