Events for October, 2011
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- Sat, Oct 1, 9:30 am
Join Everest summiteer Paul Deegan and polar explorer Felicity Aston for a cinematic journey from the heroic age of exploration to the present day. Come along for a few hours or stay the whole day to experience drama, excitement, and tears of joy and distress. Take part in discussions with Paul and Felicity, and continue the adventure into the evening at our exclusive ‘Dine with an Everest climber’ event at Majolica to raise money for a great cause. Visit www.PhoenixvilleAdventure.com for all the details. More»
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. US. 1956. NR. 129 min. Warner Bros. Blu ray.
- Sun, Oct 2, 2:00 pm
Want to know whatʼs more scary than giant, ugly, bug-eyed monsters or robots? This month weʼre going to be showing classic films featuring something much scarier – little children with cold, glaring eyes, unnatural cunning, and no qualms whatsoever about murder. Or, in other words, instead of providing Halloween scares for the kiddies, this month weʼre letting the kiddies scare us. More»
Directed by Albert and David Maysles. US. 1975. PG. 100 min. Janus Films. DVD.
- Sun, Oct 2, 4:30 pm
Directed by John Michael McDonagh. Ireland. 2011. R. 96 min. Sony. 35mm.
Fri, Sep 30 thru Thu, Oct 13 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
“The Guard is little more than a salt-and-pepper cop yarn transposed to the middle of nowhere, Ireland. It has a wickedly smart script that keeps you on your toes, though, and it has from Brendan Gleeson a star performance of cruelly funny mastery. The movie is more pure, profane enjoyment than a body should have in the dog days of August, and when it’s over it evaporates, leaving only the acrid smoke of its dialogue and the memory of Gleeson reducing lesser mortals to cinders. More»
Directed by John Landis. UK. 1981. R. 97 min. Universal. 35mm.
Sponsored by EB Art Guide
- Fri, Oct 7, 9:45 pm
“The chaotic climax is classic Landis, showing the sort of over-the-top mayhem he perfected in The Blues Brothers but used to a more nightmarish effect. It begins as an intimate story between friends and ends will all hell breaking loose in the middle of Piccadilly Circus. And the abrupt ending is the punch line to the movie, a blackly humorous F you to the audience that can only be taken in jest. An American Werewolf in London is perhaps the finest balance to date between comedy and serious horror.” (Bryan Theiss, The Scarecrow Video Movie Guide)
Tickets: $8.50. Buy tickets online. Ages 8-12. 75 min.
- Sat, Oct 8, 2:00 pm
Join Everest mountaineer Paul Deegan on a virtual ascent of Mount Everest. Decide how to travel from Phoenixville to Everest Base Camp, learn about the Sherpas who inhabit the valleys surrounding the mountain, and work out ways to reduce the expedition’s environmental footprint. Select the clothing and equipment you need to survive in sub-zero temperatures, choose the climbing route to the summit, and discover the secret of the Yeti. By the end of this dynamic and visually breathtaking event, you will feel like you have been to the top of the world. Older students (ages 15+) are welcome at our From Everest to Antarctica event happening on Sat, Oct 1 from 9:30am – 5pm. More»
Directed by Jim Sharman. UK. 1975. R. 100 min. Fox. 35mm.
- Sat, Oct 8, 9:30 pm
It’s time for us to thrill you, chill you, and fulfill you… The Colonial is once again bringing the Rocky Horror Picture Show to the stage, complete with costume contest, pre-show, full shadow cast, and prop bags for sale with everything you’ll need for participation ($5). This is a show that is NOT suitable for children. Anyone under 18 will not be admitted without a parent. No confetti, rice, glass bottles, super-soakers, lighters, or food from the outside will be permitted. Pre-Show at 9:30PM. Film at 10PM.
Directed by Wolf Rilla. UK. 1960. NR. 77 min. Warner Bros. 35mm.
- Sun, Oct 9, 2:00 pm
What if everyone in a quiet, little English country village were to go into an unexplained trance for 24 hours, after which all the women of child-bearing age were to suddenly become pregnant? And what if all the children born nine months after this incident were to look and act eerily alike? More»
Directed by Richard Press. US. 2010. NR. 84 min. Zeitgeist Films. 35mm.
- Sun, Oct 9, 4:30 pm
“It’s no insult to say that the fine documentary Bill Cunningham New York resembles one of those minor profiles found in The New Yorker’s “Talk Of The Town” section: a slight, glancing, yet subtly wrought slice of New York life. And it seems likely that the exceedingly modest Cunningham would want it that way. More»
Tickets $22 - $35.50. Buy tickets online.
- Fri, Oct 14, 8:00 pm
An Evening of Chapin Music featuring The Steve Chapin Band. Harry Chapin’s brother Steve and original Chapin band members Big John Wallace and Howard Fields will perform their stunning portrayals of Harry’s most-loved songs (“Taxi,” “Cat’s In The Cradle,” “Mr. Tanner,” “W.O.L.D.”) as well as Steveâ€™s beautiful tunes. Steve and Big John’s sons, Jonathan and Clark, round out the band with their guitars for what will be a charming musical performance and a true Chapin Family event. More»
Directed by Jerry Rees. US. 1987. 6+. 90 min. Disney. DVD.
- Sat, Oct 15, 2:00 pm
Thinking they’ve been abandoned when their owners go on holiday, a toaster and his friends – the vacuum, radio, lamp and electric blanket – head out to the big city in search of their family. Adventures and perils abound and lead to a thrilling climax in this delightful animated feature. This film was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival in 1988. Starring Jon Lovitz and Phil Hartman. UPDATE 10/13 – we got a call from Disney to say they had made a mistake and the 35mm print they have is not screenable, so we’re now showing this movie on DVD.
Tickets $17.50 - $29.50. Buy tickets online.
- Sat, Oct 15, 8:00 pm
Mandy first gained notoriety starring as country music legend Patsy Cline in the stage show “Always . . . Patsy Cline” at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The performances were sold out nightly and received rave reviews across the country. Mandy went on to record three critically acclaimed albums with reviews in Time, People, Newsweek and the like, while Rolling Stoned named her “I’ve Got A Right To Cry” the Country Album of the Year. In 2009 Mandy returned to the Ryman to reprise her role in “Always……Patsy Cline,”and by popular demand, Mandy again hits the Ryman stage in June and July 2011. Here’s an opportunity to see what all the buzz is about! More»
Directed by William Friedkin. US. 1973. R. 122 min. Warner Bros. 35mm.
- Sun, Oct 16, 2:00 pm
Heads turn when twelve-year-old Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair) enters a room. Or at least hers does, after her body is taken over by the devil in this horrifying adaptation of William Peter Blattyʼs sensational best-selling novel. A very controversial film in its time, The Exorcist has lost none of its ability to shock, scare and, at times, repulse – this despite the fact that it has inspired innumerable imitations, sequels and gross-out spectacles over the years. More»
Directed by Frank Capra. US. 1939. NR. 129 min. Sony. DVD.
Presented by Phoenixville Area Democrats
- Sun, Oct 16, 7:00 pm
This is a fundraiser for the Phoenixville Area Democrats (Phoenixville Boro, East Pikeland and Schuylkill Townships) to raise funds for Get Out the Vote and Election Day activities. We hope that by combining efforts we can elect more good Democrats to all levels of government. On Sunday October 16th we will be showing Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington starring Jimmy Stewart at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville. We have also invited all of the County Candidates to attend and mingle with our guests. Confirmed so far are County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone and candidate Sue Bayne, as well as Recorder of Deeds candidate Russ Phifer and District Attorney candidate Sam Stretton. With special guest State Senator Andy Dinniman.
The movie will begin at 7:00. Prior to the movie, at 6:00, there will be a special VIP reception with the candidates upstairs at the Colonial where refreshments will be served.
Tickets are $12.00 for just the movie and $25.00 for the VIP Reception and movie.
Directed by Giuseppe Capotondi. Italy. 2009. NR. 95 min. Samuel Goldwyn. 35mm.
Mon, Oct 17 thru Thu, Oct 20 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
“Attention armchair sleuths: After viewing the Italian psychological thriller “The Double Hour,” you may want to see it a second or even a third time to decipher its secrets. The movie, which won its stars, Ksenia Rappoport and Filippo Timi, awards at the 2009 Venice Film Festival, will put mystery bloodhounds on a scent that after about the 20-minute mark is suddenly lost. More»
Directed by John Madden. US. 2010. R. 113 min. 35mm.
Fri, Oct 21 thru Thu, Oct 27 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
“When Hannah Arendt wrote of “the banality of evil,” she could have been referring to an elderly gynecologist played by Jesper Christensen in The Debt, a new John Madden-directed remake of a 2007 Israeli film. From all outside appearances, Christensen is nothing but a harmless old man. There’s even something reassuringly paternalistic and kindly in his bearing. But underneath the avuncular façade lie hints of unimaginable darkness that reveal his true history as an infamous Nazi butcher. There’s something monstrous, even terrifying, in Christensen’s seeming normality. More»
Directed by Tim Burton. US. 1985. 8+. 90 min. Warner Bros. 35mm.
- Sat, Oct 22, 2:00 pm
“Everything about Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, from its toy-box colors to its superb, hyperanimated Danny Elfman score to the butch-waxed hairdo and wooden-puppet walk of its star and mastermind, Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens), is pure pleasure. More»
Directed by Richard Donner. UK. 1976. R. 111 min. Fox. Blu-ray.
- Sun, Oct 23, 2:00 pm
If the devil in the form of a child (as in The Exorcist) isnʼt enough for you, how about a kiddie Antichrist? Thatʼs what we have here, in this blockbuster fright-fest from the 70s. With Gregory Peck as the father (the American ambassador to England, no less) and lovely Lee Remick as the mother, this kid couldnʼt have chosen better parents. Film will be shown on Blu-ray. More»
Directed by John Turturro. Italy. 2010. NR. 90 min. Cinetic Media. 35mm.
Fri, Oct 28 thru Thu, Nov 3 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
“No great city signifies just one thing, least of all a multimillennial melting pot like Naples, Southern Italy’s cradle of fine architecture, world-beating pizza and (as seen in 2008’s corrosive Gomorrah) organized crime. But to watch actor John Turturro’s Passione, a thorough and thoroughly enjoyable documentary about Neapolitan folk music old and new, you might have to give the city the edge on tuneful contributions to world culture. From these narrow streets came opera giant Enrico Caruso, as well as the first six-string guitar and hundreds of years of passionate balladeering. More»
Directed by Peter Jackson. NZ. 1994. R. 99 min. Miramax. 35mm.
- Sun, Oct 30, 2:00 pm
Whereas all of the homicidal youngsters and situations featured in the films thus far this month have been figments of their authorsʼ imaginations, todayʼs story is based on real people and a series of disturbing events that actually took place in New Zealand in the 1950s. As such, it may indeed be the most unsettling and frightening of all the films on display this month. More»