ELF

ELF

SUNDAY & WEDNESDAY

DECEMBER 9 & 12

Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, an elf who is, well, different from the other elves. When Papa Elf (Bob Newhart) informs Buddy that he was adopted, he sets out to find his real father (James Caan). This surprise hit comedy became a modern Christmas classic, thanks to Ferrell’s endearing performance as Buddy (“Son of a nutcracker!”), whose childlike Christmas spirit softens the most cynical of hearts.  (“Santa, HERE? I know him, I know him!”)

2003

Rated PG

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET

SUNDAY & WEDNESDAY 

DECEMBER 2 & 5 

A funny, touching, romantic favorite about the true meaning of Christmas. Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) is a popular department store Santa who claims he really is Santa Claus! His boss (Maureen O’Hara) is skeptical, as is her 8-year old daughter (Natalie Wood). When Kris’s sanity is challenged, it falls to O’Hara’s neighbor (John Payne) to defend him. ("It's not just Kris that's on trial, it's everything he stands for. It's kindness and joy and love…”)

1947

Rated PG

A CHRISTMAS STORY

A CHRISTMAS STORY

SUNDAY & WEDNESDAY

NOVEMBER 25 & 28

We double-dog-dare you not to love this heart-warming comedy from author Jean Shepherd. 9-year old Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) wants only one thing for Christmas: a "Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle.” But no one else seems to think it’s a good idea ("You'll shoot your eye out, kid!"). Darren McGavin plays Ralphie’s dad (“the Old Man”), whose taste in lamps is somewhat unusual. ("Aaah! ‘Fra-GEE-lee!’ It must be Italian!”) 

1983

Rated PG

Home Alone

Home Alone

SUNDAY & WEDNESDAY

NOVEMBER 18 & 21

The smash comedy starring Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who is mad at his family and wishes they would disappear.  When they accidentally leave for Christmas vacation without him, he gets his wish (“Yes!”). But he finds being “home alone” isn’t all fun and games (well, maybe it is) when two bungling burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) force him to defend his house. (“You guys give up? Or are you thirsty for more?”) 

1990

Rated PG

PATTON

PATTON

SUNDAY & WEDNESDAY

NOVEMBER 11 (VETERANS DAY) & 14

Our Veterans Day presentation of the Oscar-winning Best Picture about one of World War II’s greatest generals. George C. Scott was named Best Actor for his performance as the colorful General George S. Patton, whose genius on the battlefield was sometimes overshadowed by his outspoken and controversial opinions. Beautifully restored in 4K digital, this widescreen epic is a powerful depiction of a true American original. (“Americans love a winner...”)

1970

Rated PG

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

SUNDAY & WEDNESDAY

NOVEMBER 4 & 7

Before there was Star Wars, there was 2001. Director Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking and visually stunning epic, described as “the ultimate trip,” dazzles the eye in this 4K digital restoration. Kubrick and science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke wrote the script about a mysterious monolith, a manned flight to Jupiter, and the HAL 9000, a “perfect” computer that is almost human—and not in a good way.  (“I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”)

1968

Rated G

The Shining

The Shining

SUNDAY & WEDNESDAY

OCTOBER 28 & 31

Celebrate Halloween with Stanley Kubrick’s classic thriller, based on Stephen King’s novel. Jack Nicholson (“Here’s Johnny!”) is a writer who takes a job as a caretaker of an off-season hotel with a really…bad…past. He and his family are virtually alone in the spooky old building. Or are they? Shelly Duvall, as Nicholson’s distraught wife, discovers her husband is turning into someone she barely recognizes. (“All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.”)

1980

Rated R

Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice

OCTOBER 21 & 24

“It’s showtime!” Michael Keaton stars as Beetlejuice (“the ghost with the most, babe”) in this supernatural comedy from director Tim Burton. Ghosts Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis need help scaring off the Deetzes, a new family that has moved into their house. They reluctantly hire “freelance bio-exorcist” Beetlejuice, whose bizarre behavior is more than they bargained for. (“THAT is why I won't do two shows a night anymore. I won't.”)

1988

Rated PG

REAR WINDOW

REAR WINDOW

OCTOBER 14 & 17

One of the best from director Alfred Hitchcock, the “master of suspense.” James Stewart, confined to his New York City apartment with a broken leg, finds that “people watching” from his window helps to pass the time.  Things heat up when he and his girlfriend (Grace Kelly) begin to suspect one of his neighbors of murder. Wendell Corey plays Stewart’s police detective friend. (“People do a lot of things in private they couldn’t possibly explain in public.”) 

1954

Rated PG

Halloween

Halloween

OCTOBER 7 & 10

Director John Carpenter’s ORIGINAL 1970’s classic! The night HE (villain Michael Myers) came home, 15 years after committing a grisly murder…and just in time for Halloween. This is the movie that inspired a whole series of horror pictures featuring teenagers in peril, and it remains one of the most successful independent movies ever made. Jamie Lee Curtis, in her film debut, plays a babysitter who is stalked by Myers. (“You can’t kill the boogeyman.”)

1978

Rated R  

Young Frankenstein

Young Frankenstein

SEPTEMBER 30 & OCTOBER 3

Gene Wilder is Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (“That’s FRONKensteen!”), struggling with the legacy of his infamous mad-scientist grandfather in this classic comedy from Mel Brooks.  The stellar supporting cast includes Marty Feldman as Igor (“It’s pronounced Eye-gor”), Madeline Kahn, Peter Boyle, Terri Garr (“Roll, roll, roll in ze hay,”) and Cloris Leachman as the late baron’s mysterious housekeeper Frau Blucher.  ("Yes, yes, say it…he vas my boyfriend!”)

1974

Rated PG

Labyrinth

Labyrinth

SEPTEMBER 23 & 26 

Muppets creator Jim Henson directed this musical fantasy about a teenage girl (Jennifer Connelly) who must enter the mythical world of the Labyrinth to rescue her kidnapped baby brother. Henson’s puppets are amazing, but it was the casting of David Bowie as the Goblin King that made this an iconic 80’s movie. Bowie’s five original songs include “Magic Dance,” which he performs with a gaggle of goblin puppets.  (“You remind me of a babe…”)

1986

Rated PG

Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias

SEPTEMBER 16 & 19

A comedy-drama that celebrates the warmth, grace, and grit of a close-knit group of women in a small Southern town. The A-list cast includes Sally Field, Julia Roberts (Oscar-nominated for her performance), Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Daryl Hannah, and Dolly Parton as the big-hearted owner of the beauty shop where friends share the joys and heartaches that bind them together. ("Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.”)

1989

Rated PG

The King & I

The King & I

SEPTEMBER 9 & 12

You’ll “whistle a happy tune” while “getting to know” this popular Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, based on the real-life experiences of a 19th century Englishwoman who taught the children of the King of Siam.  Nominated for 9 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Actress (Deborah Kerr), and winner of 5. Yul Brynner won Best Actor for his performance as the King, a part he originated on Broadway.  ("Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!”)

1956

Rated G

AMERICAN GRAFFITI

AMERICAN GRAFFITI

SEPTEMBER 2 & 5

Where were you in ’62? Writer/director George Lucas was a teenager in Northern California, and his experiences inspired this comedy set at the end of the summer after high school graduation.  The stellar cast includes Ron Howard, Cindy Williams, Richard Dreyfuss, Wolfman Jack and newcomer Harrison Ford. A nostalgic look at the era when rock ‘n’ roll was young, filled with hit songs from the period. ("One, two, three o’clock, four o’clock, rock...”)

1973

Rated PG

THE SANDLOT

THE SANDLOT

AUGUST 26 & 29

This coming-of-age baseball comedy was hailed by critic Roger Ebert as a summertime version of A Christmas Story. New kid in town Scotty Smalls wants to fit in, but there’s a problem: he can’t play baseball! Before summer is over, he will make new friends, and together they will confront “the Beast,” a mysterious dog with a scary reputation.  The scene where Ham teaches Scotty how to make s’mores is a classic. (“You’re killing me, Smalls!”)

1993

Rated PG

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND

AUGUST 19 & 22

The sci-fi movie that earned director Steven Spielberg his first Oscar nomination. The title refers to interactions with UFO’S: a sighting, physical evidence, and the third kind is contact. The climactic “mother ship” scene in which the alien creatures reveal themselves looks even more awesome in this 4K digitally restored director’s cut. (“If everything's ready here on the Dark Side of the Moon...play the five tones.”)

1977

Rated PG

The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid

AUGUST 12 & 15

The ORIGINAL from director John G. Avildsen (Rocky). Audiences and critics alike cheered this classic underdog story about a teenage boy (Ralph Macchio) who takes up karate. To win respect—and the girl (Elizabeth Shue)—he must face the school bully who belongs to the take-no-prisoners dojo “Cobra Kai.” Noriyuki "Pat" Morita earned an Oscar nomination as Macchio’s instructor, who has his own unique teaching methods. (“Wax on, wax off.”)

1984

Rated PG

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

AUGUST 5 & 8

A 1980’s cult classic from director John Carpenter. Kurt Russell plays Jack Burton, a trucker helping his friend (Dennis Dun) rescue his fiancée from the clutches of an evil sorcerer in San Francisco’s Chinatown. (Yes! It has comedy, romance, martial arts AND special effects!). Kim Cattrall gives an assist to Russell, who is delightfully inept as an action hero who only wishes he were Indiana Jones. (“Sooner or later I rub everybody the wrong way.”)

1986

Rated PG-13

STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN

STAR TREK II:  THE WRATH OF KHAN

JULY 29 & AUGUST 1

Considered by many to be the best of the original Star Trek movies, presented in a 4K digitally restored director’s cut.  William Shatner stars as Captain James T. Kirk and Leonard Nimoy plays Spock. (“I am a Vulcan. I have no ego to bruise.”) Ricardo Montalban gives a memorable performance as the villain Khan, a part he originated in the TV episode “Space Seed.” (“Do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold?”)

1982

Rated PG