Events for July, 2012
Directed by Fred McLeod Wilcox. US. 1956. 98 min. Warner Bros. blu ray.
- Sun, Jul 1, 2:00 pm
Starting off our month of robots and androids, both good and evil, we bring you one of the fifties’ best-remembered “metal men,” the accommodating and ever-popular Robbie The Robot (who later reprised his role in The Invisible Boy (1956) and on the long-running TV series Lost In Space.) More»
Directed by Renny Harlin, Stephen Hokins. US. 1988, 1989. R. 182 min. Warner Bros. 35mm.
- Fri, Jul 6, 9:45 pm
4: “You can’t keep a good mass-murderer-from-beyond-the-grave down. Freddy returns once again to wreak havoc on poor, unsuspecting teenagers. Director Harlin would go on to direct the explosive Die Hard 2.” More»
Directed by Wes Anderson. US. 2012. PG-13. 94 min. Focus Features. 35mm.
Fri, Jun 29 thru Thu, Jul 19 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
“…In Moonrise Kingdom, the exhilarating tale of two very young lovers on the lam, Anderson has created a kind of moving diorama of drama and deadpan. A concocted coastal New England, in an idyllic mid-’60s moment of coonskin caps, Françoise Hardy 45s (with picture sleeves!), and dads in madras pants who drink too much, is zealously contained within the camera’s frame, and even when something goes out of control – a flyaway motorcycle, an epic downpour – it doesn’t. Wes Anderson is in the wheelhouse – his wheelhouse. More»
Directed by Norman Taurog. US. 1965. G. 88 min. MGM. 35mm.
- Sun, Jul 8, 2:00 pm
Taking us from the sublime to the ridiculous,ť in terms of robots and androids, we bring you Vincent Price in one of his campiestť roles, as a mad scientist bent on taking over the world by means of his beautiful female robots, who are tasked with seducing all the rich and powerful leaders. Really. Even more engagingly, the film combines stars and settings from the popular Beach Partyť films of the time (Frankie Avalon, Dwayne Hickman, Annette Funicello, Harvey Lembeck, etc.) as well as take-offs on Price’s The Pit and the Pendulum and other AIP films of the era. (And yes, that is the Supremes, singing the inane title song!) For a wild, fun, camp-filled summer matinee movie, this one can’t be beat.
Tickets: $8.50 Buy tickets online. Ages 2+. 40 min.
- Tue, Jul 10, 10:30 am
Bring the whole family down to the farm for this 40-minute interactive puppet show for children ages 2 through 7 and their families to help Sheriff Sam and his sidekick Ranch Hand Slim get the animals back in the barn. Then stick around down at the “Double-P Puppet Ranch” because you just might help uncover a long lost buried treasure. Full of song and down home country mayhem, this little prairie recipe will keep you belly laughing the whole day through. Dave Fiebert of Segal Puppet Theatre and Co. has been performing at the Colonial for 10 years!
- Fri, Jul 13, 7:00 pm
Rain or shine! Doors open at 7PM. The shenanigans start at 7:30PM – whee! The Run Out will take place at approximately 9PM. More»
at PJ Ryan's Underground.
- Fri, Jul 13, 9:00 pm
After the Blobfest Friday night Run Out come next door for the retro after-party known as “The Blob Ball,” now in it’s fifth year! There will be prizes for best 1950s attire, door prize drawings, and music of “the Blob years” provided by The Rivers Rockabilly Trio. Tickets are $12, available at Ticketleap.com, or by cash purchase at the door (15% of ticket revenues will be donated to the Colonial Theatre). Hint: Get your tickets before the Blobfest show; the Blob Ball sold out quickly last year! More»
All events on the street are FREE.
- Sat, Jul 14, 11:00 am
Hosted by Hot Rod Scott & Professor Ouch of The Roots Rockabilly Roadhouse on WPRB 103.3FM with special guests Ghoul A Go-G0, Wes Shank and the Original Blob, The Patient Creatures, The Violators Motor Club; and music by The Buzzards. There will be plenty of fun stuff to do and see including the Fire Extinguisher Parade, costume contest, facade contest, music, food, vendors and classic cars ’til 5PM. We will have a schedule that you can download very soon!! More»
Tickets: $6 - $10. Buy tickets online.
- Sat, Jul 14, 11:00 am
- Sat, Jul 14, 3:15 pm
“Working from a script by Edmund North (Patton), taken from a story by Harry Bates, Robert Wise directs the movie with a minimum of spectacle. A UFO lands in Washington D.C. in the opening scene and leaves at the end. In between, we meet a placid visitor named Klaatu (Michael Rennie) and an intimidating giant of a robot named Gort with incredible powers of destruction and little inclination to employ them unless necessary. But the focus remains on humanity. More»
Tickets: $6 - $10. Buy tickets online.
- Sat, Jul 14, 8:00 pm
Caltiki: “Archaeologists investigating some Mayan ruins come across a blob-like monster. They manage to destroy it with fire, but keep a sample. Meanwhile, a comet is due to pass close to the Earth – the same comet passed near the Earth at the time the Mayan civilization mysteriously collapsed. Coincidence?” (James Barrett) More»
Tickets $5 - $8. Buy tickets online.
- Sun, Jul 15, 2:00 pm
“Whatever its flaws as a film, a none-too-scary monster chief among them, The Blob is a uniquely compelling monster movie. The decision to shoot in Technicolor, largely on real locations in Pennsylvania, invests it with a high-’50s feel money couldn’t buy. More»
Tickets: $8.50 Buy tickets online. Ages 4+. 60 min.
- Tue, Jul 17, 10:30 am
You’re invited to Once Upon A Time: a vaudeville-inspired, playfully presented, plucky performance of picture books, performed by Michael Boudewyns; actor, storyteller, fan of Butser Keaton and Harold Lloyd, but most of all, an avid reader and life-long lover of kids books. For 15 years, Michael’s solo storytelling has been a hit. The Philadelphia Inquirer calls him “a great storyteller,” and praises his signature style: “…simplicity as a form of genius.” More»
Tickets: $5. Buy tickets online.
- Tue, Apr 17, 7:00 pm
- Tue, May 15, 7:00 pm
- Tue, Jun 19, 7:00 pm
- Tue, Jul 17, 7:00 pm
- Tue, Aug 21, 7:00 pm
As we gear up for our third annual live TEDxPhoenixville event on October 6, 2012 we’d like to introduce you to the TED format and share some of our favorite TEDTalks with you. Join us each month for a different program of compelling and inspiring talks. Each evening’s program will consist of pre-recorded TEDTalks plus one live performance curated by our TEDxPhoenixville organizing committee. The salons will take place on the third Tuesday of the month April thru August in the Colonial Theatre’s third floor screening room. Seating is limited to 50 people. More»
Directed by Richard Linklater. US. 1993. R. 102 min. Universal. 35mm.
- Fri, Jul 20, 9:45 pm
“…The film is about throwaway moments: It orbits around a story that ends in nothing more consequential than some friends heading off for Aerosmith tickets. Dazed And Confused‘s enduring cult-classic status speaks to how simply and perfectly it evokes the last day of school in small-town Texas in 1976, not how it appeases the narrative gods. More»
Tickets: $5 available at the door. No one under 18 permitted.
Presented by Apartment 1014 Films
- Sat, Jul 21, 8:00 pm
A warm summer night in July welcomes you out of your Saturday night slumber into the top floor of the legendary Colonial Theater. On this night you will enter 10 rooms of the unknown and the mysteriously unsettling. Each room is a short film. Each short film is something unique… sometimes horrific, sometimes dramatic, sometimes disturbing, sometimes surreal, sometimes philosophical, sometimes erotic, but all the while BIZARRE. The independent film company Apartment 1014 Films invites you to view 10 of their short films in an event they would like to call THE 10 ROOM BIZARRO. 8pm to Midnight. $5 admission. Tickets available at the door. Seating is limited to 50. No one under 18 permitted. More»
R (some nudity). 100 min. 35mm.
Presented by The Secret Cinema
- Sun, Jul 22, 2:00 pm
The Secret Cinema will make a long awaited return to the Colonial Theatre — for the first time in over ten years! — to screen a unique program culled from the Secret Cinema’s private film archive, The Secret Secret Cinema. Like most Secret Cinema programs, The Secret Secret Cinema strives to expose forgotten delights from the often-overlooked annals of motion picture ephemera, films which would be difficult to experience in any other way. More»
Directed by Richard Linklater. US. 2011. PG-13. 104 min. Millennium. 35mm.
Fri, Jul 20 thru Thu, Aug 2 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
“Bernie,” Richard Linklater’s gaudily vibrant, at times morbidly funny true-crime story, takes place in the East Texas town of Carthage, which, at the time when sweet Bernie Tiede (Jack Black) murdered sour Mrs. Nugent (Shirley MacLaine), had a population of 6,500. To judge from the movie and the Texas Monthly article that inspired it, nearly everyone in Carthage loved Bernie, including the minister who after the shooting preached that Bernie “needs to be with God, and he needs to know that we are with him.” The preacher didn’t say that Bernie needed to be in heaven to be with God. In the movie, at least, he seems to suggest that Carthage would do just fine. More»
Tickets: $5 - $10. Buy tickets online.
Presented by Firebird Children's Theatre
Fri, Jul 27 thru Sat, Jul 28 -- Roll over to view showtimes.
Firebird Children’s Theatre proudly presents LIVE on stage, the musical “The Wizard of Oz!” A Journey to the Emerald City with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Munchkins and more and see your favorite characters light up the stage with singing and dancing in this Broadway musical. Our production features kids and teens from Phoenixville and the surrounding area. Your ticket also includes entry to the one-act Wizard sequel titled “The Trouble in Oz!” Two shows…one price! Fun for the entire family! Firebird Theatre…where children SHINE! More»
Directed by Michael Crichton. US. 1973. PG. 88 min. Warner Bros. 35mm.
- Sun, Jul 29, 2:00 pm
For our final robot-themed film of the month, we bring you the baddest android of the bunch – portrayed with silent, austere menace by Yul Brynner. The plot, written and directed by Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, Coma, Andromeda Strain, etc.), is a simple one; Richard Benjamin and James Brolin go for an outing to a western-themed “adventure park,” to spend a day living out their fantasies, including having gun-fights with android baddies like Brynner (togged out like his character in The Magnificent Seven). However, as they say, “things go terribly, terribly wrong;” the androids go haywire and start stalking the park’s visitors, and the tension and excitement mounts from there. If you haven’t seen this one, don’t miss it! (And even if you have, come and enjoy the thrills on our big screen. Brynner plays a really good baddie – sort of a cowboy prototype for Schwartzenegger’s Terminator.) (Bill Roth)
Tickets: $8.50 Buy tickets online. Ages 4+. 60 min.
- Tue, Jul 31, 10:30 am
The Plants are a four-piece Philadelphia based band for kids with an eclectic style that traverses musical genres while exploring the potential of the imagination. Each song is specifically written to spark new ideas, evoke different emotions, and encourage creativity. From a snake wearing flip-flops to intergalactic insects, the lighthearted music of The Plants is catchy, often times silly, and fun for children and adults alike. Find out more on Facebook. This will be The Plants first show at the Colonial and we’re super excited!