summer classic film series



summer classic film series
Warm up for the Summer Film Series with a FREE 75th anniversary screening of
THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, starring Cary Grant,
Katharine Hepburn, and Jimmy Stewart, at the Paramount Theatre in 35mm –
Wednesday May 20th at 7:30pm!
There’s Something About This Place – Fri-Sun, May 22-24
As a tribute to the Paramount’s rich 100-year history, here are four more locations with stories to tell.
(1942, 102min/b&w) Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid
Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt,
Sydney Greenstreet, and Peter Lorre. Directed by
Michael Curtiz. It wouldn’t be an anniversary
celebration without this timeless masterpiece leading
the way. Tucked away in the shadowy corners of this
exotic Moroccan town is the most star-crossed gin
joint in all the world, where a shimmering ensemble
cast wrings every last drop of
romance, humor, and intrigue
out of World War II. Film Fan
Members will be treated to an
Opening Night Party at 6pm
before the screening with free
beer/wine/popcorn and free
admission. 7pm Fri.
(1979, 96min/b&w) Woody Allen, Diane Keaton,
Michael Murphy, Mariel Hemingway, and Meryl
Streep. Directed by Woody Allen. Thousands of films
have been shot in the Big Apple, but none have so
exquisitely captured the romance of this great
American city quite like this breathtakingly filmed love
letter. Woody Allen plays (believe it or not) a neurotic
Manhattanite struggling with relationships, all set to
one of Allen’s typically well-curated soundtracks. Even
George Gershwin would have to admit: “Rhapsody in
Blue” never sounded better. 9pm Fri.
Sunset Boulevard
(1950, 110min/b&w) William Holden,
Gloria Swanson, and Erich von
Stroheim. Directed by Billy Wilder.
Before the pictures “got small,” they
were directed by legends like Billy
Wilder and featured towering
performances from the likes of Gloria
Swanson, who portrays a faded
silent-film star in this pitch-dark film
noir. This famous California street
and its sordid stories reflect the
seamy desperation of Hollywood.
Sunny L.A. never looked grimmer.
3pm Sat, 4:30pm
As the Paramount Theatre celebrates its 100th birthday this year, the Summer Classic Film
Series marks its own special occasion: 40 years of bringing classic films to Austin movie
lovers. The grand tradition continues this summer with over 100 beloved cinematic
treasures and potential new discoveries gracing the big screens of the Paramount and
Stateside Theatres, from sparkling new digital restorations to glorious 35mm prints. Our
doors are open all summer long, so come in from the stifling Austin heat and enjoy some of
the greatest films ever made! All films screening at the Paramount (
) are presented in
35mm, and all films at the Stateside (
) are presented digitally.
Film Noir Discoveries - Sun, June 7
Two under-seen noir masterpieces waiting for their chance to come out of the shadows.
Nightmare Alley
(1947, 110min/b&w) Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell,
and Coleen Gray. Directed by Edmund Goulding.
Matinee idol Tyrone Power uses his considerable
charms to carry out some unusually dark deeds in this
jaw-dropping tale. The actor gives an against-type
performance as a carny with a
heart of stone whose ability to
manipulate people brings him fame
and fortune and, eventually,
despair. 2pm Sun.
The First Ones - Tues-Sat, June 9-13
These blockbusters spawned sequels and remakes galore, but first they were just really great movies.
Mission: Impossible
(1974, 130min/color) Jack Nicholson, Faye
Dunaway, and John Huston. Directed by Roman
Polanski. Stunning period style and three titanic actors
at the top of their game turn this captivating detective
story (one of the best screenplays ever written) into an
edge-of-your-seat whodunit (or is it “whydunit?”).
Over the course of two hours, Los Angeles reveals
itself to be a hotbed of questionable real estate deals
and moral depravity. Sure, it’s only Chinatown, but
good luck trying to forget it. 5:05pm Sat,
2pm Sun.
Family Film Festival Preview – Sat, May 23
We set the stage for our Family Film Festival (officially kicking off on July 11) with an all-time classic.
The Iron Giant
(1999, 86min/color) Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., and Vin Diesel.
Directed by Brad Bird. At the time of its release, this animated gem was
under-promoted and under-seen; little did the movie-going public know they
were missing one of the smartest and most imaginative family films ever made.
This poignant story of a young boy and his new robot friend from outer space
has heart and humor in spades. Guaranteed not to leave a dry eye in the
house. 1pm Sat.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
(1981, 115min/color) Harrison Ford, Karen Allen,
and John Rhys-Davies. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
After winning over audiences as the cocky Han Solo
in the Star Wars films, Harrison Ford brought that
swagger down to earth as the remarkably athletic
archaeologist Indiana Jones. In this debut outing, Indy
must find the powerful Ark of the Covenant before the
Nazis do, dodging giant boulders and warding off
poisonous vipers along the way. No one said
academia was easy. 7pm Tues, 9:15pm Wed.
(1982, 114min/color) Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth
Williams, and Beatrice Straight. Directed by Tobe
Hooper. Buying a house can be a risky proposition;
the pipes might be leaky, the walls might be thin, or
the whole thing might be infested with angry demons.
Unfortunately, it’s the third one for the Freeling family
in this ingenious horror film, which is rumored to be
the favorite of all the ghosts who haunt the
Paramount. 9:15pm Tues, 7pm Wed.
Showstoppers – Wed-Sun, May 27-31
Stormy Weather
That’s Entertainment!
(1974, 134min/b&w & color) Frank Sinatra, Fred
Astaire, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, and many more.
Directed by Jack Haley, Jr. To celebrate its 50th
anniversary, MGM assembled its surviving stars (from
Fred and Gene to Liz and Liza) to present this featurelength compilation of the best scenes from the studio’s
most memorable musicals. The theatrical equivalent of
going down a YouTube rabbit hole, this awe-inspiring
clip show will have you tapping to your favorite
dance numbers and adding newly discovered
musicals to your Netflix queue. 8:35pm Wed,
7pm Fri.
On the Town
(1949, 98min/color) Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty
Garrett, and Ann Miller. Directed by Stanley Donen
and Gene Kelly. Three sailors on shore leave in New
York City decide to paint the town red and search for
romance in this vibrant screen adaptation of the hit
Broadway show. Whereas most musicals at the time
were filmed entirely on studio backlots, this classic
was shot on the actual streets of Manhattan at Gene
Kelly’s insistence, which lends the picture a hustling,
bustling charm that sends it soaring into the pantheon
of song-and-dance movies. 3:45pm Sun.
Paramount and Austin Film Society Present:
An Evening with Richard Linklater – Tues, June 2
Writer/director Richard Linklater joins us to present one of his films and share his memories of the Paramount –
Admission is free to the public, and there will be a Q&A!
Me and Orson Welles
(2008, 114min/color) Christian McKay, Claire Danes, and Zac Efron.
Directed by Richard Linklater. Zac Efron finds himself cast in a unique
new production of “Julius Caesar” helmed by an up-and-coming young
director, who just happens to be Orson Welles. This unique take on a
significant artistic moment features all the trappings of an intricately
detailed period film, and Richard Linklater’s focus on strong characters
and captivating performances remains ever-present. Q&A with Richard
Linklater. 7pm Tues.
Paramount Premieres - Wed, June 3
Many films have celebrated their World Premieres at the Paramount; tonight, two are given an encore.
Batman: The Movie
(1966, 105min/color) Adam West, Burt Ward,
Lee Meriwether, Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith,
and Frank Gorshin. Directed by Leslie H. Martinson.
After its first successful season on television, this
deliriously campy take on the Caped Crusader made
its way to cinemas with silly gadgets and larger-thanlife villains in tow. If you yearn for a time when
Batman wasn’t so moody, grab your Bat Shark
Repellant and head down to the very theatre where
this zany movie
was introduced to
the world.
7pm Wed.
The Best
Little Whorehouse
in Texas
(1982, 114min/color) Burt Reynolds, Dolly Parton,
and Dom DeLuise. Directed by Colin Higgins. Burt
Reynolds’ town
sheriff and Dolly
Parton’s madam
struggle to keep
her brothel (and
their love affair)
afloat in this
raucous musical comedy that premiered at the
Paramount in 1982 and went on to become the
highest-grossing live-action musical of the 1980s.
9:05pm Wed.
The Terminator
(1984, 107min/color) Arnold Schwarzenegger,
Michael Biehn, and Linda Hamilton. Directed by
James Cameron. Before he became obsessed with
sunken ships and blue cat people, James Cameron
made this gritty action thriller with easily the best
marriage of actor to role in the history of movies:
Schwarzenegger as a murderous cyborg of blessedly
few words. His relentless pursuit of Linda Hamilton is
terrifying, in a way
that none of the
sequels could ever
9:10pm Thurs,
4pm Sat.
Everyone’s favorite Paramount tradition is back for another round.
A Hard Day’s Night
(1964, 87min/b&w) John Lennon, Paul McCartney,
George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Directed by
Richard Lester. This rollicking film was promoted as
an all-access pass to a typical week in the life of the
Beatles. Considering that it was made at the height of
“Beatlemania,” it’s safe
to say that what
transpires is anything
but typical. In order to
play a show on live TV,
the Fab Four must
contend with hordes of
ravenous fans, Paul’s lascivious grandfather, and
Ringo’s unfailing ability to wander away. A delightful
memento of the band at the height of their powers.
2pm Sun.
(1996, 110min/color) Tom Cruise, Jon Voight,
Emmanuelle Beart, Jean Reno, Ving Rhames, and
Vanessa Redgrave. Directed by Brian De Palma.
Though perhaps not the obvious choice to direct a
summer action movie, Brian De Palma’s elegant touch
was perfectly suited for introducing this old TV
property to a new generation. Tom Cruise, in the
super-spy role he was born to play, finds himself in
increasingly precarious situations, piling on the
tension until we’re wiping the sweat from our own
brows. 7pm Thurs, 6:10pm Sat.
Martinis & Manicures - Sun, June 14
The Paramount has hosted many legendary talents, and the dynamic performers in these
mesmerizing movies help us pay tribute to them.
(1943, 78min/b&w) Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Cab
Calloway, Fats Waller, Dooley Wilson, and the
Nicholas Brothers. Directed by Andrew L. Stone. A
familiar romantic plot sets the stage for wondrous
performances from the most talented AfricanAmerican entertainers to ever hit the screen. Thrill to
the uncanny footwork of the Nicholas Brothers and
Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, marvel at the inimitable
style of Fats Waller and Cab Calloway, and swoon
as Lena Horne sings
the heartbreaking title
song. Truly, the most
fun you will ever have
in a movie theater.
7pm Wed,
9:30pm Fri.
Reign of Terror
(1949, 89min/b&w) Robert Cummings, Richard
Baseheart, and Arlene Dahl. Directed by Anthony
Mann. Can film noir and the French Revolution
coexist? This unique thriller answers with an emphatic
yes. It’s the story we all skimmed over in our history
books, of the evil dictator Robespierre
and the brave men and women who
brought him down, but with scarce
lighting and skewed camera angles and,
of course, a femme fatale. Don’t miss this
rare opportunity to see an unsung
classic. 4:10pm Sun.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
(1961, 115min/color) Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, and Mickey Rooney.
Directed by Blake Edwards. Audrey Hepburn may not have had the chops to sing
her own songs in My Fair Lady, but she hits all the right notes in this career-topping
performance, especially when she poignantly delivers her unforgettable rendition of
“Moon River.” Visit our website to sign up for the wildly popular Martinis and
Manicures event before either show. 2pm, 6pm Sun.
Special Event - Nobelity Project Triple Feature - Sun, June 14
Filmmakers Turk and Christy Pipkin present three films that show us how we can make the world a better place –
Q&As after each film!
(2006, 85min/color) Directed by Turk Pipkin. Filmed
around the world, this documentary follows Turk
Pipkin’s personal journey to find enlightening answers
about the kind of world our children and
grandchildren will know, combining the insights of
nine distinguished Nobel
laureates with a firstperson view of world
problems and the
children who are most
challenged by them.
2pm Sun.
One Peace at a Time
(2009, 83min/color) Directed by Turk Pipkin. With
music from Bob Dylan, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson,
and Willie Nelson, this unforgettable documentary
lyrically weaves a tapestry through 20 countries and
is as magical as it is informative. Pipkin continues his
global journey of knowledge in action with a goal to
create a virtual road map to a better future. Be part of
the solution. 4pm Sun.
Building Hope
(2011, 72min/color) Directed by Turk Pipkin. This
SXSW Film Fest Audience Award winner chronicles
the construction of Mahiga Hope High School and the
connection between a
thousand people in the U.S.
and an African community
working to create a better
future for their children.
Because education shouldn’t
end after the 8th grade.
6pm Sun.
The Movie That Spoofed Me – Tues-Sun, June 16-21
A sampling of the funniest parodies ever made and the films that inspired them.
Murder on
the Orient Express
(1974, 128min/color)
Albert Finney, Lauren
Bacall, Ingrid Bergman,
Sean Connery, Anthony
Perkins, and Vanessa
Redgrave. Directed by
Sidney Lumet. Based on one of Agatha Christie’s most
famous mystery novels, this Hercule Poirot adventure
finds the master detective seeking the culprit of the
titular crime. With an ensemble like this, you can’t
disagree with the tagline: “The greatest cast of
suspicious characters ever involved in murder.”
7pm Tues, 8:50pm Wed.
(1985, 94min/color) Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry,
Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, and Michael
McKean. Directed by Jonathan Lynn. A hilarious
lampoon of star-filled whodunits, this zany take on the
beloved board game features a who’s who of screen
comedians. Though it performed terribly at the box
office upon initial release, the home video generation
(who were able to see all three alternate endings in
one sitting) has rightfully made it a cult classic.
9:25pm Tues, 7pm Wed.
The Bride of Frankenstein
(1935, 75min/b&w) Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Ernest
Thesiger, and Elsa Lanchester. Directed by James
Whale. After enjoying great success with the original
Frankenstein film, director James Whale decided to
use every ounce of creative authority given to him to
make this sequel bolder and more thematically
complex. The result? A follow-up, rife with subtext
thanks to the key additions of Elsa Lanchester and
Ernest Thesiger, that trounces the first film by every
artistic measure. 7pm Thurs, 9:05pm Fri.
Young Frankenstein
(1974, 106min/b&w) Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle,
Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman,
and Teri Garr. Directed by Mel Brooks. As far as Mel
Brooks is concerned, every movie genre is fair game
for mockery. He did it to Westerns with Blazing
Saddles, and he does it again to monster movies with
this endlessly quotable classic, co-written by and
starring the irreplaceable Gene
Wilder. Only someone with
an abby-normal brain
would miss it. 8:35pm
Thurs, 7pm Fri.
on the next
The Movie That Spoofed Me – Tues-Sun, June 16-21 - Continued
A sampling of the funniest parodies ever made and the films that inspired them.
Austin Powers
in Goldmember
Austin Powers:
International Man of Mystery
(1997, 89min/color) Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley,
Michael York, Robert Wagner, and Seth Green.
Directed by Jay Roach. After hearing a Burt
Bacharach song, SNL alum Mike Myers wondered
what would happen if a man from the swingin’ 60s
suddenly woke up in the year 1997. Combine that
notion with a spot-on parody of James Bond, and you
get Austin Powers, a British super-agent with no
understanding of modern dentistry or contraception.
One ticket gets you into all three Austin Powers
movies! 2pm Sat.
Austin Powers:
The Spy Who Shagged Me
(1999, 95min/color) Mike Myers, Heather Graham,
Michael York, Robert Wagner, Rob Lowe, Seth Green,
and Verne Troyer. Directed by Jay Roach. Stealing a
page from the Back to the Future series, this second
film finds Austin Powers travelling through time once
again but in the opposite direction: all the way back
to the swingin’ 60s, where archnemesis Dr. Evil has stolen his
mojo. One ticket gets you into all
three Austin Powers movies!
3:45pm Sat.
(2002, 94min/color) Mike Myers, Beyonce, Michael
York, Robert Wagner, Seth Green, Verne Troyer, and
Michael Caine. Directed by Jay Roach. Austin Powers
splits the difference between the first two films and
finds himself in the 1970s, where Michael Caine has
some fun spoofing the types of characters he actually
played during that decade and a young Beyonce
makes her major screen debut. Not to mention one
hilarious cameo after another. One ticket gets you into
all three Austin Powers movies! 5:35pm Sat.
Dr. No
(1962, 110min/color) Sean Connery, Ursula
Andress, Joseph Wiseman, and Bernard Lee. Directed
by Terence Young. James Bond roared onto the screen
and never looked back in this 007 debut, thanks in
large part to Sean Connery’s charismatic and
captivating portrayal. Bond journeys deep
underground to thwart the evil schemes of the
villainous Dr. No, a founding member of the criminal
group SPECTRE that makes its grand series re-entrance
in this fall’s latest installment. 2pm Sun.
(1965, 130min/color) Sean Connery, Claudine
Auger, Adolfo Celi, and Desmond Llewelyn. Directed
by Terence Young. SPECTRE strikes again in this fourth
James Bond outing for Sean Connery. This time, the
evil organization steals two atomic bombs and
threatens to blow up a major world city if they don’t
receive a whole bunch of diamonds.
Adjusted for inflation, this was the
most successful Bond film ever at the
box office until 2012’s Skyfall
shattered all kinds of records.
4:10pm Sun.
So Funny It’s Scary – Tues-Sun, July 7-12 - Continued
Supernatural. Super funny.
The Fearless
Vampire Killers
(1967, 108min/color) Jack McGowran,
Roman Polanski, and Sharon Tate.
Directed by Roman Polanski. In 19th
century Transylvania, an aging professor
and his bumbling apprentice travel the
land hunting for vampires, and boy are they bad at it.
Before Young Frankenstein poked fun at monster
movies, this colorful comedy showed the world how
it’s done. 9:05pm Tues.
(1937, 97min/b&w) Constance Bennett, Cary Grant,
Roland Young, and Billie Burke. Directed by Norman
Z. McLeod. In the classic comedies of the 1930s,
characters seem to take everything in stride, probably
due to all the cocktails. Certainly, no one has
accepted death quite as gracefully as recently
deceased married couple Constance Bennett and
Cary Grant do here, using their ghost powers to
haunt their best friend out of his loveless marriage
and boring job. 7pm Wed, 8:50pm Thurs.
(1988, 92min/color) Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis,
Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O’Hara, Winona Ryder, and
Michael Keaton. Directed by Tim Burton. Few actors
have stolen a movie quite as impressively as Michael
Keaton did in this career-making film from director Tim
Burton. Keaton needs only 17 of the film’s 92 minutes
to make a lasting impression as a lewd ghost helping
newly dead Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis scare the
new tenants out of their beloved home.
8:55pm Wed, 7pm Thurs.
Abbott and
Meet Frankenstein
(1948, 83min/b&w) Bud Abbott,
Lou Costello, Lon Chaney Jr., and
Bela Lugosi. Directed by Charles
T. Barton. In the 1930s,
Universal’s monster movies were hugely popular with
American audiences, but by 1948 the studio had
squeezed every last drop of interest out of the public.
Bring in leading comedy team Abbott and Costello,
who successfully send up all the outlandish details of
the genre, and you have an unlikely crossover that
ranks as one of the funniest movies ever made.
3:30pm Sat, 4:05pm Sun.
(1984, 105min/color) Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd,
Sigourney Weaver, and Harold Ramis. Directed by
Ivan Reitman. After getting fired from Columbia
University for erratic behavior and budget-wasting,
three parapsychologists form a ghost-hunting team to
rid New York City of mischievous spirits. Conceptually
rich and perfectly cast, this is the pinnacle of horror
comedy. In fact, it was the highest grossing comedy
of the 1980s. 5:10pm Sat, 2pm Sun.
Family Film Festival – Sat, July 11
See the back page for details on our Family Film Festival!
Charmers and Con Artists – Tues-Fri, June 23-26
They will do whatever it takes to get ahead.
The Hustler
146min/b&w) Burt
Lancaster, Jean
Simmons, and
Shirley Jones.
Directed by Richard Brooks. You can’t look away from
Burt Lancaster as a silver-tongued traveling salesman
who realizes he can accumulate more wealth and
power as an evangelist than he ever could have going
door to door. A harrowing indictment of man’s ability
to twist something good for his own selfish aims and
of our willingness to believe anything we’re told if it’s
told well. 7pm Tues.
Sweet Smell of Success
(1957, 96min/b&w) Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, and
Susan Harrison. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick.
High above the bristling New York City streets
(captured in gorgeous black and white by famed
cinematographer James Wong Howe) sits Lancaster’s
J.J. Hunsecker, a powerful gossip columnist whose
influence holds the entire city hostage, and you won’t
believe the lengths to which Tony Curtis’ press agent
will go to please him. 9:45 Tues.
(1961, 134min/b&w) Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason,
Piper Laurie, and George C. Scott. Directed by Robert
Rossen. On paper, a story set in the nefarious
underworld of high-stakes pool might sound like the
next Will Ferrell comedy. But the premise reaps
staggering dramatic dividends in the hands of Paul
Newman and Piper
Laurie, whose
chances at romance
are thwarted by
desire to beat Jackie Gleason’s legendary pool shark.
7pm Wed, 9:25pm Fri.
The Sting
(1973, 129min/color) Paul Newman, Robert Redford,
and Robert Shaw. Directed by George Roy Hill.
Hollywood movies of the 1970s have a very distinct
style, but George Roy Hill went for something a bit
more old-fashioned in this cunning caper, using
ragtime music and other artistic flourishes to take us
back to the Great Depression. Newman and Redford
are at it again, this time plotting a big con against a
wealthy mob boss. Will they pull it off? 9:30pm
Wed, 7pm Fri.
Female Filmmakers – Thurs-Sun, June 25-28
It’s no secret the odds are stacked against women who want to direct – here are a few filmmakers
who beat those odds.
(2011, 86min/color) Adepero Oduye, Pernell
Walker, and Charles Parnell. Directed by Dee Rees.
Spike Lee was so taken with writer/director Dee Rees’
short film Pariah that he became an executive producer on this feature-length version, a captivating
modern classic about a young teenager struggling to
survive her parents’ failing marriage and searching
for the freedom to express her own sexual identity.
7pm Thurs, 9:05pm Fri.
Cleo from 5 to 7
(1962, 90min/b&w & color) Corinne Marchand, Jose
Luis de Vilallonga, and Michel Legrand. Directed by
Agnes Varda. In this achingly poignant reflection on
mortality, a young pop singer goes in for a medical
exam that may confirm she has cancer
and must kill two hours in Paris
awaiting the results. During that
time, she encounters several
friends and strangers, none of
whom make the genuine connection she so desperately
needs. 8:45pm Thurs,
7:15pm Fri.
A League
of Their Own
(1992, 128min/color) Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori
Petty, Madonna, and Rosie O’Donnell. Directed by
Penny Marshall. As more and more soldiers are
shipped overseas to fight World War II, a women’s
professional baseball league is formed to keep the
game going in the States. With Tom Hanks as their initially skeptical coach, the players must convince the
nation that they’re more than a sideshow – they’re the
genuine article. 4pm Sat, 4:05pm Sun.
(1988, 104min/color) Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins,
Robert Loggia, and John Heard. Directed by Penny
Marshall. In this classic “be careful what you wish for”
comedy, a young boy wishes he were bigger
and wakes up the next morning as a
grown man. Unsurprisingly to older
viewers, he discovers that the change
is not all it’s cracked up to be. After
all, who’s ever really ready for adulthood? Try your hand (actually, your
feet) at our floor piano! 6:30pm
Sat, 2pm Sun.
the Extra-Terrestrial
(1982, 115min/color) Dee Wallace, Henry Thomas, Peter Coyote, and Drew
Barrymore. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Few things tug at the heartstrings like a
story about a boy and his dog, except maybe one about a boy and his alien who is
trying to find its way home. Drawing on Steven Spielberg’s greatest strengths as a
director, this iconic film has mesmerized generations of kids while reminding grown
viewers of their own childhood, a time when everything seemed possible. 1pm Sat.
Past Tense – Mon-Thurs, July 13-16
These suspenseful classics are the reasons that seats have edges.
Wait Until Dark
(1967, 108min/color) Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin,
and Richard Crenna. Directed by Terence Young. The
thought of violent
intruders breaking into
your home is scary
enough. Now imagine
if you were blind when
it happened, and
you’ll only just begin
to understand how
terrifying this thriller is.
Thanks to Audrey Hepburn’s expert performance as a
recently blinded woman, we fully experience every
pin drop. 7pm Mon, 9:25pm Tues.
(1995, 127min/color) Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt,
and Gwyneth Paltrow. Directed by David Fincher.
One of those ingenious scripts that makes studio
executives’ ears perk up, this gritty detective thriller
follows a veteran cop and his newly transferred
partner on the case of a serial killer who’s using the
seven deadly sins as a blueprint for murder. See it
now before someone spoils the ending!
9:05pm Mon, 7pm Tues.
the silence of the lambs
(1991, 118min/color) Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins,
and Ted Levine. Directed by Jonathan Demme. It’s
rare for a thriller to win an Oscar, and it’s rarer still
for any film to sweep the “Big Five” (Picture, Director,
Actor, Actress, Screenplay). This chill-inducing story
accomplished both,
thanks to noteperfect performances
from Jodie Foster as
a cop breaking
through the maledominated ranks
and Anthony
Hopkins as her very
unusual advisor. 7pm Wed, 9:35pm Thurs.
(1975, 124min/color) Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw,
and Richard Dreyfuss. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
Once you’ve experienced this petrifying combination
of masterful editing, clever camera set-ups, and John
Williams’ tension-building score, you’ll never want to
look at water again much less go into it. If you can’t
afford film school, just buy a ticket to this movie and
learn from the best. Watch out for sharks in the lobby!
9:15pm Wed, 7:15pm Thurs.
Iron and Wine Presents– Thurs, July 16
Hosted by Sam Beam (Iron and Wine) – Free small popcorn!
The Late Show
(1977, 93min/color) Art Carney, Lily Tomlin, and Bill Macy. Directed by
Robert Benton. Texas-born filmmaker Robert Benton parlayed his success
as a screenwriter (Bonnie and Clyde, What’s Up Doc?) into a directing
gig on this tragically under-seen gem, which follows Art Carney’s private
detective as he tries to solve his partner’s murder while dealing with
screwball client Lily Tomlin. Critics from Kael to Ebert adored this film,
and so will you. 7pm Thurs.
Family Film Festival – Sat, July 18
See the back page for details on our Family Film Festival!
The Coen Bros. – Tues-Fri, June 30-July 3
The most reliably brilliant filmmaking duo in Hollywood history.
True Grit
(2010, 110min/color) Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld,
Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin. Directed by Ethan and
Joel Coen. In addition to mixing unforgettable
characters with their typically
quirky humor, the Coens
corralled the
perfect cast to
spin this
thrilling yarn
about a boozy
U.S. marshal helping a young girl track down her
father’s murderer. One of the rare remakes that is
more thematically complex and emotionally satisfying
than the original. Don’t hurt me, John Wayne fans.
7pm Tues, 9:05pm Wed.
O Brother,
Where Art Thou?
(2000, 106min/color) George Clooney, John
Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, and John Goodman.
Directed by Joel Coen. Homer’s The Odyssey was
never this much fun in school. The Coens transplant
the legendary story from ancient Greece to the 1930s
Deep South, and the result is an endlessly quotable
laugh riot with one of the most beloved soundtracks of
all time. This movie quite literally put bluegrass back
on the charts. Live bluegrass music before the
Wednesday show! 9:10pm Tues, 7pm Wed.
(1991, 142min/color) Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts,
and Bob Hoskins. Directed by Steven Spielberg. As the title suggests,
the villainous Captain Hook gets equal billing with the beloved hero
Peter Pan in this contemporary update. Dustin Hoffman is clearly
having the time of his life curling his moustache and sneering at Robin
Williams’ all-grown-up version of Pan, and audiences of all ages can’t
help but join in the fun. 1pm Sat.
Raising Arizona
(1987, 94min/color) Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter,
and John Goodman. Directed by Joel Coen. After the
dark, neo-noir approach of their directorial debut
Blood Simple, the Coens went in a more lighthearted
direction with this unforgettable follow-up. Nicolas
Cage’s ex-con and Holly Hunter’s ex-cop get married
and discover they’re unable to have a kid, leading
them to pilfer someone else’s. Hilarity ensues. 7pm
Thurs, 9:15pm Fri.
The Big Lebowski
(1998, 117min/color) Jeff Bridges, John Goodman,
Julianne Moore, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Directed by Joel Coen. The stakes seemingly couldn’t
be lower, yet this enduring cult classic is absolutely
riveting from start to finish. Jeff Bridges turns in a
performance as The
Dude, who abides over
the strangest cast of
characters ever
assembled. Some may
call it a “stoner
comedy,” but, in the
hands of the Coens, it’s
so much more. 8:50pm Thurs, 7pm Fri.
So Funny It’s Scary – Tues-Sun, July 7-12
Supernatural. Super funny.
Fright Night
(1985, 106min/color) Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda
Bearse, and Roddy McDowall. Directed by Tom Holland. They tried to
remake this movie a few years ago, apparently not realizing that you can’t
replace Roddy McDowall (or Chris Sarandon’s hair). Though it may not be
the most popular horror comedy of the 1980s, it’s certainly one of the best,
mixing vampire lore with teen romance and the best in 80s synth music.
7pm Tues.
Good Help – Sat, July 18
They make the bed but don’t get to lie in it.
Mrs. Doubtfire
(1993, 125min/color) Robin Williams, Sally Field,
and Pierce Brosnan. Directed by Chris
Columbus. When a man’s immature
behavior leads his wife to divorce him,
he takes drastic measures and poses as
an elderly British nanny in order to
spend time with his children. Of
course, Robin Williams
disappears into the role and
draws laughs and tears in equal
measure. 4pm Sat.
My Man Godfrey
(1936, 94min/b&w) William Powell, Carole
Lombard, and Alice Brady. Directed by Gregory La
Cava. When a scavenger hunt brings drunken
socialites to the city dump looking for forgotten
men, Carole Lombard becomes so enamored
with down-on-his-luck William Powell that
she hires him as the family butler in this
deliriously funny screwball comedy. Powell is
as dignified and funny as ever, and Lombard
shines as a seemingly flighty heiress who knows
exactly what she’s doing. 6:20pm Sat.
Harry Houdini’s Reappearing Act – Sun, July 19
The star of the Paramount’s vaudeville years returns to Austin in a once-lost, now-restored silent film,
accompanied live by an original score.
The Grim Game
(1919, 71min/b&w/silent with live musical accompaniment) Harry Houdini,
Thomas Jefferson, and Ann Forrest. Directed by Irvin Willat. When vaudeville
houses began converting into cinemas, Harry Houdini decided to try acting.
Thanks to his forethought and some heroic preservation work, we have this
motion picture artifact of the man himself, here playing a journalist trying to clear
his name of murder. Naturally, he spends most of the movie escaping from things
in remarkable fashion. Composer/pianist Reuel Meditz will accompany the film
with his own original score! Special engagement, No Passes or FLIX-TIX.
7pm Sun.
A Brief History of the Romantic Comedy – Tues-Sun, July 21-26
Sour Notes – Tues-Thurs, Aug 4-6 - Continued
Jealous rivals and fading icons struggling to be heard.
Because falling in love never gets old.
The Lady Eve
(1941, 94min/b&w) Barbara
Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, and
Charles Coburn. Directed by
Preston Sturges. In one of Preston
Sturges’ very best films, a
painfully shy Henry Fonda finds
himself completely overwhelmed by the always wily
Barbara Stanwyck, resulting in an unmatched
screwball delight. Once she sets her sights on his
considerable fortune, what else is there to do but fall
in love? 7pm Tues, 9:30pm Wed.
Pretty Woman
(1990, 119min/color) Richard Gere, Julia Roberts,
and Ralph Bellamy. Directed by Garry Marshall.
Though Julia Roberts had already begun turning
heads in supporting roles, she launched into
superstardom with this indelible performance as a
prostitute who becomes Richard Gere’s long-term
escort and, ultimately, the love of his life. One of the
most successful romantic comedies ever, and the
soundtrack’s not bad either. 8:50pm Tues,
7:15pm Wed.
The Awful Truth
(1937, 91min/b&w) Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, and
Ralph Bellamy. Directed by Leo McCarey. Has any
onscreen couple enjoyed better chemistry than Irene
Dunne and Cary Grant do in this riotously funny
“comedy of remarriage?” Though they’re at each
other’s throats and threatening divorce when we first
meet them, it seems clear the two warring lovebirds
are meant for each other. Watching them figure this
out is cinematic bliss. Check our website for details
on the Paramount Singles Mixer! 7pm Wed.
(1987, 102min/color) Cher,
Nicolas Cage, and Olympia
Dukakis. Directed by Norman
Jewison. Cher deserved all the
awards for this nuanced
portrayal of a widow who
hesitatingly accepts her
boyfriend’s proposal of marriage. Hesitation turns
into full-blown indecision when she falls madly in
love with the boyfriend’s brother, played by the
young, dreamy version of Nicolas Cage. Trust me:
you’re going to want to buy a glass of wine before
the movie starts. 8:50pm Wed.
It Happened One Night
(1934, 105min/b&w) Clark Gable,
Claudette Colbert, and Walter Connolly.
Directed by Frank Capra. Of all the roadtrip movies, this is easily the swooniest.
Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert come
together like fire and water, she an
heiress who has eloped against her father’s wishes
and he a disgraced journalist who sees in her a
career-saving scoop. Mutual benefit becomes
romance in one of only three films to sweep the Big
Five Oscars (Picture, Director, Actor, Actress,
Screenplay). 7:15pm Thurs, 9:05pm Fri.
The Band Wagon
(1953, 112min/color) Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse,
and Oscar Levant. Directed by Vincente Minnelli.
Fred Astaire stars as a thinly veiled version of
himself: a former song-and-dance star
worried that his brand of entertainment has
passed its prime. Luckily, there’s a new stage
show that just might throw him back in the
spotlight. Fair warning: Astaire and Cyd
Charisse’s exquisite dance scene in Central
Park will take all of your breath away.
7pm Wed, 9pm Thurs.
Sleepless in Seattle
(1993, 105min/color) Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, and
Bill Pullman. Directed by Nora Ephron. When a boy
calls into a radio show to find his widowed father a
new girlfriend, he sets one of the definitive modern
romantic comedies into motion. Somehow, Nora
Ephron persuasively conveys the experience of two
characters falling in love despite the fact that they
rarely share the screen. 9:20pm Thurs, 7pm Fri.
Adam’s Rib
(1949, 101min/b&w) Spencer Tracy, Katharine
Hepburn, and Judy Holliday. Directed by George
Cukor. Though madly in love with each other in real
life, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn had the
most onscreen fun while verbally sparring with each
other. Their unique chemistry was used to great effect
in a number of films, but this clever portrait of
married lawyers doing battle against each another in
court may just be the best of them all. 4pm Sat,
3:55pm Sun.
Family Film Festival – Sat, July 25
See the back page for details on our Family Film Festival!
To Kill a Mockingbird
(1962, 129min/b&w) Gregory Peck, Mary Badham,
and Phillip Alford. Directed by Robert Mulligan. One
of the most beloved novels of all time transitions to
the screen in this unforgettable adaptation. Gregory
Peck is a soft-spoken powerhouse as devoted father
and lawyer Atticus Finch, tasked with defending an
African-American man against false charges in the
Depression-era South. In carrying out his duty, he sets
an example for us all. 1pm Sat.
Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, and Jean
Hagen. Directed by Stanley Donen and Gene
Kelly. As movie fans, we’re predisposed to
stories about film history. Take a plot
about the arrival of talking pictures, throw
in Gene Kelly’s choreography and a hit
parade of great songs, and you get a film
buff’s dream musical. From Kelly twirling in
the rain to Jean Hagen throwing diction to
the wind, is it any wonder this was declared
the greatest American musical of all time?
9:10pm Wed, 7pm Thurs.
Office Entanglements – Fri, Aug 7
The only thing more dangerous than falling asleep on the job is falling in love on the job.
Why Be Good?
(1929, 84min/b&w/silent with
English intertitles) Colleen Moore,
Neil Hamilton, and Edward
Martindel. Directed by William A.
Seiter. Before Clara Bow became the “It Girl,”
Colleen Moore was Hollywood’s go-to flapper (she
popularized the bob!). In this cocktail-fueled last
hurrah of the silent era, Moore plays a party-crazy
department store worker who accidentally falls in love
with the son of the store’s wealthy owner. But don’t
worry: neither man is a match for her. 7pm Fri.
When Harry Met Sally
(1989, 96min/color)
Billy Crystal, Meg
Ryan, and Carrie
Fisher. Directed by
Rob Reiner. While
Meg Ryan doesn’t
actually deliver the
legendary one-liner,
“I’ll have what she’s having,” the scene preceding
that quip marked her arrival as Hollywood’s leading
romantic heroine. In this Nora Ephron-penned
comedy, Ryan and Billy Crystal struggle with the
seemingly incompatible concepts of sex and
friendship. 5:55pm Sat, 2pm Sun.
RAIN(1952, 103min/color) Gene Kelly,
The Apartment
(1960, 125min/b&w) Jack Lemmon,
Shirley MacLaine, and Fred
MacMurray. Directed by Billy Wilder.
Often, when a film aims for equal
parts humor and heartbreak, it succeeds at neither.
Leave it to Billy Wilder to give us a masterpiece that
sets the standard for both. As Jack Lemmon and
Shirley MacLaine flirt with romance in the elevator of
their joy-depriving office, their situation seems a
perfect setting for dry comedy. And it is, until the
tears start to flow. 8:45pm Fri.
Family Film Festival – Sun, Aug 9
See the back page for details on our Family Film Festival!
Photo Op: there will be a Delorean!
Back to the Future
(1985, 116min/color) Michael J. Fox, Christopher
Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, and Thomas F.
Wilson. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Time travelobsessed
have tried and
failed for thirty
years to top this
comedy about
a teenager who
stumbles into
the past and accidentally comes between his parents
falling in love, which threatens his very existence. The
cast is note-perfect from top to bottom, and the script
never fails to impress no matter how
many times
you’ve seen it.
One ticket gets
you into all three
Back to the
Future movies!
1pm Sun.
Back to the Future II
(1989, 108min/color) Michael J. Fox, Christopher
Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson, and
Elisabeth Shue. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. The
gang’s (almost) all here (miss you, Crispin Glover),
and this time they’re travelling into the future, all the
way to the year 2015! But when the right information
falls into the wrong hands, disastrous consequences
arise for the McFly family. If you enjoyed the first one
but thought it could’ve been a little bit darker, this is
the movie for you! One ticket gets you into all three
Back to the Future movies! 3:15pm Sun.
Back to the Future III
(1990, 118min/color) Michael J. Fox, Christopher
Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen, Thomas F. Wilson, Lea
Thompson, and Elisabeth Shue. Directed by Robert
Zemeckis. When you’ve already visited the past
and the future, where do you go in this final entry?
Why, even further into the past of course! Our
favorite time travelers find themselves adrift in the
Wild West in this dizzying pastiche of timehonored frontier clichés. What better way to
send our heroes riding off into the sunset? One
ticket gets you into all three Back to the Future movies!
5:15pm Sun.
Our Place in the World– Tues-Thurs, Aug 11-13
Just wait until you see what these four characters are capable of.
Ensembles Week – Tues-Sun, July 28-Aug 2
Everywhere you look, a star.
Breakfast Club
Grand Hotel
(1932, 112min/b&w) Greta Garbo,
John Barrymore, Joan Crawford,
Wallace Beery, and Lionel Barrymore.
Directed by Edmund Goulding. In the
1930s, MGM claimed to have “more
stars than there are in heaven.” The
studio set out to prove their motto
with this Best Picture-winning drama,
set in an elegant hotel where people
from all walks of life converge. By showcasing the
unique talents of these actors, the film reminds us
why each of them became Hollywood icons.
7pm Tues, 9:10pm Wed.
The Royal Tenenbaums
(2001, 110min/color) Gene Hackman, Anjelica
Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson,
Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, and Danny Glover.
Directed by Wes Anderson. Wes Anderson already
had two great films under his belt when he began
this project, but he had never worked with such a
large cast of famous faces before. He proved up to
the task, expertly transforming this group of
celebrities into one, big, hilariously unhappy family.
9:10pm Tues, 7pm Wed.
Pulp Fiction
(1994, 154min/color) John Travolta, Samuel L.
Jackson, Uma
Thurman, Bruce
Willis, Ving Rhames,
Steve Buscemi,
Christopher Walken,
and Harvey Keitel.
Directed by Quentin
Tarantino. With this
trend-setting film,
Quentin Tarantino
continued to define
himself by his razor-sharp dialogue and his ability to
resurrect careers, giving John Travolta and Bruce
Willis the best parts they’d had in years. The result: a
groundbreaking American indie that would
unfortunately be imitated by film school graduates for
years to come. 7pm Thurs.
Being There
(1985, 97min/color) Emilio
Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony
Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly
Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy. Directed
by John Hughes. The young actors
behind the brain, beauty, jock, rebel,
and recluse so captured the nation’s
imagination that they were granted
their very own collective nickname: The Brat Pack. As
they serve time in detention, they begin to see each
other as more than simple clichés and, in doing so,
take the final step toward adulthood. Check our
website for details on our Back-to-School Supplies
Drive! 3:15pm Sat, 4:05pm Sun.
The Big Chill
(1983, 105min/color) Tom Berenger, Glenn Close,
Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay
Place, Meg Tilly, and JoBeth Williams. Directed by
Lawrence Kasdan. This star-studded movie, along
with its hit-filled soundtrack, defined a generation.
When seven former college friends reunite for a
weekend retreat, some wounds are re-opened and
others are healed. Thanks to the immensely charming
cast, you’ll wish you had been invited, too.
5:05pm Sat, 2pm Sun.
Boogie Nights
(1997, 155min/color) Mark Wahlberg, Julianne
Moore, Burt Reynolds, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly,
William H. Macy, Heather Graham, and Phillip
Seymour Hoffman. Directed by Paul Thomas
Anderson. Paul Thomas Anderson won acclaim in
1996 for his debut Hard Eight, but that earlier film in
no way prepared audiences for this rollicking discoera epic. Out of nowhere, here was a young director
wielding a mega-watt cast to tell a story about the
porn industry in which sex is the least interesting part.
8pm Sat.
(1979, 130min/color)
Peter Sellers, Shirley
MacLaine, and Melvyn
Douglas. Directed by
Hal Ashby. Peter Sellers
displays the full range of
his acting talent as an
unassuming gardener
who, simply by staying
true to himself, becomes heavily involved at the
deepest level of American politics. Through his
unfailing optimism and clear-eyed honesty, Sellers
makes a poignant argument that small acts of
kindness can change the world. 7pm Tues,
8:40pm Wed.
The Incredible
Shrinking Man
(1976, 119min/color) Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire,
Burt Young, Carl Weathers, and Burgess Meredith.
Directed by John G. Avildsen. Considering that this
crowd-pleasing film transformed him from a nobody to
an Oscar-nominated screenwriter overnight, Sylvester
Stallone undoubtedly related to the story of a third-rate
boxer who goes the distance with the support of his
loving girlfriend
and his grizzled
old trainer. A
melodrama in
the grand old
7pm Thurs.
Taxi Driver
(1957, 81min/b&w) Grant Williams, Randy Stuart,
and April Kent. Directed by Jack Arnold. Soon after
Scott Carey is covered with a strange mist, he begins
to shrink. The strange malady leads to unwanted
publicity and a strained marriage, and, when Scott
gets trapped in the basement, his physical limitations
become life-threatening. Dazzling visual effects
ultimately give way to a strikingly philosophical
conclusion, making this much more than just a
B-movie. 9:30pm Tues, 7pm Wed.
(1976, 113min/color) Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster,
Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel, and Cybill Shepherd.
Directed by Martin Scorsese. Martin Scorsese etched
himself into the Hollywood firmament with this portrait
of a mentally unstable cab driver who decides it’s his
duty to rid New York City of its riff raff. Though De
Niro and that famous quote steal most of the press,
the film has much more going for it, including
gorgeous cinematography and a typically masterful
score from Bernard Herrmann. 9:15pm Thurs.
Family Film Festival – Sat-Sun, Aug 15-16
See the back page for details on our Family Film Festival!
The Sound of Music
(1965, 174min/color) Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer,
and Eleanor Parker. Directed by Robert Wise. This beloved
musical, chock full of unforgettable songs and sumptuously
filmed on location in Austria, celebrates its 50th anniversary
this year, and it has never looked better. Even as World War
II looms on the horizon, the film can’t help but be a joyous
celebration of the healing power of music and the importance
of family. 1pm Sat, 2pm Sun.
Hitchcock Festival – Tues-Sun, Aug 18-23
Because we don’t have time to watch ALL of them.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Family Film Festival– Sat, Aug 1
See the back page for details on our Family Film Festival!
Willy Wonka and the
Chocolate Factory
(1971, 100min/color) Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, and Peter
Ostrum. Directed by Mel Stuart. Roald Dahl wasn’t your typical
children’s author, and no film adaptation has captured his
perspective quite as well as this beloved musical. The key to its
success is, of course, Gene Wilder in the title role – the twinkle in his
eye and the gentleness in his voice will never cease to capture the
imagination. 1pm Sat.
of a Doubt
Teresa Wright,
Joseph Cotten,
and Macdonald
Carey. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. As good as any
film Hitchcock ever made, this unsettling masterpiece
about a teenage girl who suspects her beloved uncle
may be a wanted serial murderer is not seen nearly
as often as some of his other work. It would be a
shame to miss this master class in dread, featuring a
perfectly balanced performance from Joseph Cotten
as Uncle Charlie. 8:55pm Tues, 7pm Wed.
Sour Notes – Tues-Thurs, Aug 4-6
Jealous rivals and fading icons struggling to be heard.
(1984, 180min/color) F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, and
Elizabeth Berridge. Directed by Milos Forman. F. Murray
Abraham seethes with jealous anger and righteous
indignation as Antonio Salieri, a talented 18th-century
composer who is constantly upstaged by the irreverent
prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. As the self-proclaimed
“patron saint of mediocrity,” Salieri represents all those who have the gift
of comprehending genius but lack the ability to match it. 7pm Tues.
(1941, 95min/b&w) Carole Lombard, Robert
Montgomery, and Gene Raymond. Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock. Did you know that Hitchcock made
a screwball comedy? What, don’t believe me? Then
let the Paramount prove it to you with this surprising
treat about a husband and wife who suddenly
discover that their marriage license isn’t valid, giving
them the option to try something else with their lives
or rekindle their faded romance. Hitchcock really
could do everything. 7pm Tues, 9:05pm Wed.
Jamaica Inn
(1939, 108min/b&w) Charles Laughton, Leslie
Banks, and Maureen O’Hara. Directed by Alfred
Hitchcock. A shimmering digital restoration brings
this rarely seen early Hitchcock film back to our
screens. Based on a novel by Daphne Du Maurier (as
were Rebecca and The Birds), the film follows
Maureen O’Hara as she discovers that her uncle
leads a gang of ship-wreckers who are secretly
masterminded by the local justice of the peace,
played devilishly as always by Charles Laughton.
7:15pm Tues, 9:25pm Wed.
(1945, 111min/b&w)
Ingrid Bergman,
Gregory Peck, and Leo
G. Carroll. Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock.
What happens when a
mental hospital is run
by someone who
should probably be a patient in that very hospital?
That’s the question behind this thrilling mystery film,
which features typically great performances from
Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck plus a dream
sequence designed by none other than surrealist
Salvador Dali! 9:20pm Tues, 7:15pm Wed.
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Hitchcock Festival – Tues-Sun, Aug 18-23 - Continued
Because we don’t have time to watch ALL of them.
To Catch a Thief
(1955, 106min/color) Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, and
Jessie Royce Landis. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Few
actors better exemplified
Hollywood elegance
and sophistication than
Cary Grant and Grace
Kelly, and this
shimmering jewel of a
movie gives us both of
them. When reformed
jewel thief Grant is
suspected in the latest string of robberies, he must
catch the actual culprit to prove his innocence. Luckily
for us, Kelly has the best jewel collection around.
7pm Thurs, 9pm Fri.
Dial M for Murder
(1954, 105min/color) Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, and
Robert Cummings. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Though shot on 3-D cameras, this film was ultimately
released in most theaters in 2-D due to the public’s
loss of interest in the technology. Of course, Hitchcock
only ever needed two dimensions to thrill us, and he
proves that point again here with a cracking yarn
about a man who discovers his wife’s affair and cooks
up a plan to have her murdered. 9pm Thurs,
7pm Fri.
North by Northwest
(1959, 136min/color) Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint,
and James Mason. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Writer Ernest Lehman was determined to pen “the
Hitchcock picture to end all Hitchcock pictures,” and,
by succeeding, he etched his name onto one of the
greatest screenplays ever written. Wrapped up in all
this magnificent intrigue is Cary Grant, who once
again finds himself framed for crimes he didn’t
commit. Has anyone had worse luck than Cary
Grant? 3pm Sat, 4:10pm Sun.
Rear Window
(1954, 112min/color) James Stewart, Grace Kelly,
and Thelma Ritter. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. In a
way, no movie
has more
reflected the
perverse thrill
of watching
movies quite like this
hair-raising thriller. We are
practically seated right next to a recently injured
Jimmy Stewart as he voyeuristically observes the lives
of neighbors in the adjacent apartment. When he
sees something he shouldn’t have, things get really
interesting. 5:30pm Sat, 2pm Sun.
The Early, Funny Ones – Tues-Fri, Sept. 1-4
Laugh-a-minute classics from the first stage of Woody Allen’s directing career.
Take the Money and Run
(1969, 85min/b&w & color) Woody Allen, Janet
Margolin, and Louise Lasser. Directed by Woody
Allen. After
years spent
handing his
over to other
directors and
hating the
results, Woody
Allen was finally given the chance to direct his own
original script with this hysterical portrait of the worst
criminal who ever lived. And did he ever make the
most of it, filling this pioneering example of the
“mockumentary” with wall-to-wall slapstick gags and
quotable one-liners. 7pm Tues, 8:40pm Wed.
(1971, 82min/color) Woody Allen, Louise Lasser, and
Carlos Montalban. Directed by Woody Allen. The
success of Take the Money and Run was the only
evidence United Artists needed to give Woody Allen a
bigger budget for this next film, a madcap, Marx
Brothers-esque depiction of a New Yorker who
becomes engulfed in a Latin American revolution.
Allen continues to lay on the high-concept comedy,
including a memorable scene involving sports
commentator Howard Cosell. 8:45pm Tues,
7pm Wed.
Everything You Always
Wanted to Know About Sex
*But Were Afraid to Ask
(1972, 88min/b&w & color) Woody Allen, Louise
Lasser, Tony Randall, Burt Reynolds, and Gene
Wilder. Directed by Woody Allen. Vaguely inspired
by a popular 1960s sex manual, this uniquely
structured film draws its laughs through seven short
vignettes, each of which answers a pressing question
about sex in the most ludicrous, unhelpful ways
possible. The vignette concept allows Allen to throw in
all sorts of cameos, to increasingly hilarious effect.
7pm Thurs, 8:45pm Fri.
(1973, 89min/color) Woody Allen, Diane Keaton,
and John Beck. Directed by Woody Allen. If you’ve
always thought there wasn’t enough science-fiction in
Woody Allen movies, then this is the one for you.
Allen is put to sleep in 1973 for a routine operation
that goes awry, forcing doctors to freeze him alive
until they can come up with a solution to the problem.
200 years later, Allen awakens in a strange new
world, and his
slapstick efforts
to adapt to the
future provide
7pm Fri.
Family Film Festival – Sat, Aug 22
See the back page for details on our Family Film Festival!
(1931, 87min/b&w/silent with English intertitles) Charles
Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, and Harry Myers. Directed by
Charles Chaplin. Every film fan is entitled to their own favorite
Chaplin movie; after all, he made several great ones. But if
yours is something other than this poignant masterpiece, meet
me in the lobby because we need to talk. This simple tale of
the Little Tramp and the blind flower girl who captures his
heart will have you laughing for 90 minutes and crying for the
rest of the month. 1pm Sat.
Where Shall I Go? What Shall I Do? – Sat-Sun, Sept. 5-6
Sadly, the Summer Film Series draws to a close.
(1939, 238min/color) Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie
Howard, Olivia de Havilland, and Hattie McDaniel.
Directed by Victor Fleming. We say goodbye to this
anniversary summer with the defining romantic epic that has
become a beloved Paramount tradition. If you’ve never seen
it before, join us and discover why everyone else in the
room sees it every year. At 6pm Saturday night, Film Fan
Members will be treated to a Closing Night Party with free
beer/wine/popcorn and free admission to the Saturday
7pm show! 7pm Sat, 2pm Sun.
70MM Festival – Tues-Sun, Aug 25-30
Because the big screen deserves BIG films.
(1958, 128min/color) James Stewart, Kim Novak,
and Barbara Bel Geddes. Directed by Alfred
Hitchcock. If labeling this dizzyingly brilliant work the
“best Hitchcock film” doesn’t quite do it for you, what
if I told you it’s often considered the greatest film ever
made, period? This story of retired detective Jimmy
Stewart falling in love with the woman he’s been hired
to follow has ascended to those great critical heights
over the years, and when you see it in glorious 70mm
you’ll know why. 7pm Tues, 7pm Wed.
2001: A Space Odyssey
(1962, 216min/color) Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness,
Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif, and Claude Rains.
Directed by David Lean. Epic films often trip
themselves up by focusing too much on the scope
and grandeur and not enough on the intimate
character details. Not so with this legendary
adventure, thanks in large part to Peter O’Toole’s
titanic performance as the hero of the title. No matter
how vast the scenery, we never lose sight of the man.
5pm Sat, 2pm Sun.
(1968, 160min/color) Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood,
and William Sylvester. Directed by Stanley Kubrick.
From its startling depiction of our origins to its
extraordinary imagining of our final evolutionary
stage, this mind-altering journey proves to be more
than just mutinous computers and balletic spaceships.
It’s Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke’s best guess
at what makes us tick and where we might be headed.
If you’ve only seen it at home, you haven’t really seen
it yet. 7pm Thurs, 7pm Fri.
Family Film Festival Double Feature – Sat, Aug 29
Two for the price of one! See the back page for details on our Family Film Festival!
Get to the theatre early to meet Babe!
Where the Wild
Things Are
(2009, 101min/color) Max Records, Catherine
Keener, and James Gandolfini. Directed by Spike
Jonze. Director Spike Jonze cut his teeth on visionary
music videos and thought-provoking films like Being
John Malkovich and Adaptation, and he applied all
that “grown-up” experience to this breathtaking
adaptation of the treasured children’s book. The result
is a perceptive film about childhood that works just as
well for adults as it does for their kids. A modern
classic. 1pm Sat.
(1995, 91min/color) James Cromwell, Magda
Szubanski, and Christine Cavanaugh. Directed by
Chris Noonan.
You’d think it
would be
difficult to take a
movie filled with
talking animals
seriously. But,
while this lovely
family film is
certainly very
funny, it also
manages to be profoundly touching, thanks to James
Cromwell’s extraordinary performance as a farmer
who teaches a pig how to herd sheep. Required
viewing for kids and “kid-herders” alike. 3pm Sat.
Family Film Festival
his year we are excited to host a new series for families that will spark the imagination and
inspire a new generation of classic movie lovers. Our Family Film Festival will consist of 8
weekend matinee screenings beginning July 11 (with a special preview of The Iron Giant on
May 23) that will further our mission to support film education and bring our treasured film
history to audiences of all ages. All of the screenings below will offer special discounted pricing
for adults ($10) and their kids aged 12 and under ($6), so don’t miss this opportunity to make
unforgettable cinematic memories with your whole family!
The Iron Giant – Sat, May 23, 1pm
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial – Sat, July 11, 1pm
Hook – Sat, July 18, 1pm
To Kill a Mockingbird – Sat, July 25, 1pm
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – Sat, Aug 1, 1pm
Back to the Future Trilogy – Sun, Aug 9, 1pm/3:15pm/5:15pm
(One ticket gets you into all three Back to the Future films!)
The Sound of Music – Sat, Aug 15, 1pm & Sun, Aug 16, 2pm
City Lights – Sat, Aug 22, 1pm
Where the Wild Things Are/Babe Double Feature – Sat, Aug 29,
1pm/3pm (Two for the price of one!)
Adults $10, Kids 12 and under $6. Tickets are for single features only except
where noted above.
Check our website for more details:
The Paramount Film Institute is the
division of the Paramount and
Stateside Theatres that works to
support the art, craft, and
preservation of film as an art form.
From extensive repertory screening
series, always on film when
possible at the Paramount, to new
digital restorations at Stateside, we
work to make all film come alive
and speak to our audience. From
guest presenters to study guides for
kids, the Paramount Film Institute
aims to be an engaging,
educational and fun resource for all
of Austin’s film buffs.
When two movies that are
screening in the same theatre are
grouped under the same thematic
heading, one ticket is good for both
features when viewed back-to-back
on the same day (except as noted).
Members get free admission to two
member parties, reserved seating,
discounted tickets and FLIX-TIX, free
popcorn, plus new added benefits.
Full details available online at
or by calling (512) 692-0530
The Best Summer Movie Bargain.
FLIX-TIX gives you a book of 10 admissions, good in any combination to the
Paramount’s Summer Classic Film Series for only $60. And because $6 of
the purchase price goes to the Paramount’s Preservation Fund, you’ll also
be supporting the ongoing preservation and restoration of Austin’s only
landmarked historic theatre. FLIX-TIX also make great gifts!
(All FLIX-TIX will expire September 6, 2015)
Ticket Information
Tickets (available online, by phone, or at the Paramount Box Office) - $12.00 (includes a $1 preservation fee)
Film Fan Admission (day-of-show at Paramount Box Office) - $7.00
FLIX-TIX: Book of 10 admissions for $60 ($50 for Film Fans)
– good in any combination; expires September 6, 2015
FLIX-TIX may be mail-ordered for an additional $2
by calling 512-474-1221. FLIX-TIX are also
available online at
Available online at
Individual tickets are available at the Paramount Box
Office beginning at noon Monday thru Friday and
one hour before the first feature on Saturday and
Sunday. Tickets may be purchased with cash,
personal checks with valid Texas driver’s license, or
MasterCard/Visa/Amex/Discover. ATM on site.
Complimentary Film Notes, written by Austin film buff
Frank Campbell and Stephen Jannise, are provided at
each screening.
The Paramount Theatre is located downtown at 713
Congress Avenue, between 7th and 8th streets, and
the Stateside Theatre is next door.
Thanks to One American Center, garage parking is
available in the One American Center for $8. All
parking fees are donated back to the Paramount
This project is funded and supported in part by a
grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and by
the City of Austin through the Economic Development
Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an
investment in the Arts in an investment in Austin’s
future. Visit Austin at This
project is funded and supported in part by a grant
from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and is
supported in part by an award from the National
Endowment for the Arts.
Film Programmer: Stephen Jannise
Programs may be subject to change.
For up-to-date info, visit or call 512-474-1221.