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Phoenixville Arts & Culture

Art & Independent Films
7 nights a week
Classics
Sundays at 2:00pm
Young Audiences
Saturdays at 2:00pm
Fright Night
First Fridays at 9:45pm
Baby Nights
Mondays at 6:30pm
Matinees
Wednesdays at 2:00pm
Film Discussions
Wednesdays at 9:30pm

Events for January, 2013

Lincoln

Directed by Steven Spielberg. US. 2012. PG-13. 150 min. Dreamworks. 35mm.

Fri, Dec 14 thru Thu, Jan 3 -- Roll over to view showtimes.

“It is something of a paradox that American movies — a great democratic art form, if ever there was one — have not done a very good job of representing American democracy. Make-believe movie presidents are usually square-jawed action heroes, stoical Solons or ineffectual eggheads, blander and more generically appealing than their complicated real-life counterparts, who tend to be treated deferentially or ignored entirely unless they are named Richard Nixon.

The legislative process — the linchpin of our system of checks and More »

Lincoln

Directed by Steven Spielberg. US. 2012. PG-13. 150 min. Dreamworks. 35mm.

Fri, Dec 14 thru Thu, Jan 3 -- Roll over to view showtimes.

“It is something of a paradox that American movies — a great democratic art form, if ever there was one — have not done a very good job of representing American democracy. Make-believe movie presidents are usually square-jawed action heroes, stoical Solons or ineffectual eggheads, blander and more generically appealing than their complicated real-life counterparts, who tend to be treated deferentially or ignored entirely unless they are named Richard Nixon.

The legislative process — the linchpin of our system of checks and More »

Lincoln

Directed by Steven Spielberg. US. 2012. PG-13. 150 min. Dreamworks. 35mm.

Fri, Dec 14 thru Thu, Jan 3 -- Roll over to view showtimes.

“It is something of a paradox that American movies — a great democratic art form, if ever there was one — have not done a very good job of representing American democracy. Make-believe movie presidents are usually square-jawed action heroes, stoical Solons or ineffectual eggheads, blander and more generically appealing than their complicated real-life counterparts, who tend to be treated deferentially or ignored entirely unless they are named Richard Nixon.

The legislative process — the linchpin of our system of checks and More »

Lincoln

Directed by Steven Spielberg. US. 2012. PG-13. 150 min. Dreamworks. 35mm.

Fri, Dec 14 thru Thu, Jan 3 -- Roll over to view showtimes.

“It is something of a paradox that American movies — a great democratic art form, if ever there was one — have not done a very good job of representing American democracy. Make-believe movie presidents are usually square-jawed action heroes, stoical Solons or ineffectual eggheads, blander and more generically appealing than their complicated real-life counterparts, who tend to be treated deferentially or ignored entirely unless they are named Richard Nixon.

The legislative process — the linchpin of our system of checks and More »

Lincoln

Directed by Steven Spielberg. US. 2012. PG-13. 150 min. Dreamworks. 35mm.

Fri, Dec 14 thru Thu, Jan 3 -- Roll over to view showtimes.

“It is something of a paradox that American movies — a great democratic art form, if ever there was one — have not done a very good job of representing American democracy. Make-believe movie presidents are usually square-jawed action heroes, stoical Solons or ineffectual eggheads, blander and more generically appealing than their complicated real-life counterparts, who tend to be treated deferentially or ignored entirely unless they are named Richard Nixon.

The legislative process — the linchpin of our system of checks and More »

Lincoln

Directed by Steven Spielberg. US. 2012. PG-13. 150 min. Dreamworks. 35mm.

Fri, Dec 14 thru Thu, Jan 3 -- Roll over to view showtimes.

“It is something of a paradox that American movies — a great democratic art form, if ever there was one — have not done a very good job of representing American democracy. Make-believe movie presidents are usually square-jawed action heroes, stoical Solons or ineffectual eggheads, blander and more generically appealing than their complicated real-life counterparts, who tend to be treated deferentially or ignored entirely unless they are named Richard Nixon.

The legislative process — the linchpin of our system of checks and More »

Grindhouse

Directed by Robert Rodriguez. US. 2007. R. 191 min. Weinstein. 35mm.

  • Fri, Jan 4
  • 9:45 pm

“I’ve got a theory about “Grindhouse,” and it goes like this: At some point during the brainstorming/beer-bonging process by which Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino developed their multimillion-dollar ersatz-exploitation double feature, the boys finished off the super nachos, sparked up a spliff, and said “Dude, let’s just motherf*ing bring it.” From whence proceeded a checklist of must-haves: zombie hordes and one-legged go-go dancers, hot rods and hot pants, evil doctors and exploding More »

Ella Enchanted

Directed by Tommy O'Haver. US. 2004. Ages 11+. 96 min. Miramax. 35mm.

  • Sat, Jan 5
  • 2:00 pm

“Are kids today too knowing to accept their fantasies without a wink of self-consciousness, or are adults too jaded to supply them? Based on the popular youth novel by Gail Carson Levine, “Ella Enchanted” works in the same fractured-fairytale spirit as “The Princess Bride,” “A Knight’s Tale”, and “Shrek”, cluttering the feminine medieval world of unicorns, elves, and dashing royals with such modern embellishments as pop songs, mall openings, and teen magazine heartthrobs. The results are reasonably clever as More »

To Have and Have Not

Directed by Howard Hawks. US. 1944. NR. 100 min. Warner Bros. DVD.

  • Sun, Jan 6
  • 2:00 pm

“You know how to whistle, don’t you Steve?” And so began one of Hollywood’s greatest real-life romances, and one of the most fascinating adaptations of Hemingway ever brought to the screen. After the wife of director Howard Hawks spied 18-year-old model Lauren Bacall on the cover of Vogue magazine and called her husband’s attention to the young beauty, Hawks hired her and Humphrey Bogart to star in this classic film. Filmed near the end of World More »

The Invisible War

Directed by Kirby Dick. US. 2012. NR. 93 min. Human Rights Watch Film Festival. DVD.

  • Sun, Jan 6
  • 4:30 pm

“Of the battery of damning statistics about female sexual assault in the military, the first rolled out in Kirby Dick’s documentary “The Invisible War” is the most startling: More than 20 percent of active-duty female soldiers are sexually assaulted. For potential recruits, that’s a far more discouraging statistic than anything combat-related, yet for the victims, rape is only the first in a series of traumas that are institutional as much as they are medical and psychological. Given the More »

Point Entertainment presents In the Pocket featuring The Hooters’ David Uosikkinen – SOLD OUT

Tickets: $19.50 - $30. Buy tickets online.

  • Fri, Jan 11
  • 8:00 pm

SOLD OUT! THE HOOTERS drummer David Uosikkinen’s ambitious and musically tasty In the Pocket project, brings together all-star Philly musicians to cover classic Philadelphia tunes. David, and a band that includes some of Philly’s most celebrated musicians, hit the Colonial stage to celebrate the newest release “I Ain’t Searchin,’” originally recorded by The American Dream in 1970. Click more to see the amazing line-up!

David Uosikkinen – The Hooters
Graham Alexander – Singer-songwriter / Paul McCartney in Broadway production More »

The Secret Garden

Directed by Agnieszka Holland. US. 1993. Ages 8+. 101 min. Warner Bros. DVD.

  • Sat, Jan 12
  • 2:00 pm

This gorgeous, thoughtful film, based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett, tells the story of a young Victorian girl, Mary Lennox, who has been sent to live with her uncle in his gloomy English manor. Left to her own devices, Mary begins exploring and uncovering the secrets of the house and garden, befriending the sickly boy who lives there and a local farm boy along the way More »

The Big Sleep

Directed by Howard Hawks. US. 1946. NR. 114 min. Warner Bros. DVD.

  • Sun, Jan 13
  • 2:00 pm

After the success of To Have and Have Not, and capitalizing on the well-publicized romance between stars Bogart and Bacall, Howard Hawks next took on Raymond Chandler’s classic detective story The Big Sleep. With Bogart as heroic Philip Marlowe (private eye extraordinaire) and Bacall as the ultimate femme fatale, this is considered by many to be the definitive detective movie. The story (with screenplay co-written by William Faulkner) is complex, witty and filled with fascinating characters and set pieces More »

Call Me Kuchu

Directed by Katherine Fairfax. US. 2012. NR. 90 min. Human Rights Watch Film Festival. DVD.

  • Sun, Jan 13
  • 4:30 pm

“Uganda’s institutionalised homophobia would be the stuff of parody if it weren’t a matter of life and death. Foaming Christian preachers denounce gay people as violent rapists, a local tabloid prints photos and addresses of suspected “kuchus” (homosexuals), and even links them to al-Qaida, protesters wave placards reading “Africans unite against sodomy”, and politicians draft a bill threatening imprisonment for citizens who fail to report gay people within 24 hours. Medieval Europe was progressive by comparison. This intimate but More »

Hitchcock

Directed by Sacha Gervasi. US. 2012. PG-13. 98 min. Fox Searchlight. 35mm.

Fri, Jan 4 thru Thu, Jan 17 -- Roll over to view showtimes.

“Hitchcock knew something universal about moviegoers, and it may come down to his most familiar theme: The Innocent Man Wrongly Accused. It’s surprising, then, that his most successful and infamous film, “Psycho” (1960), had no leading characters who were innocent, certainly not Norman Bates and not even the purported heroine, played by Janet Leigh. “Hitchcock” is the second feature in a few months, after the made-for-HBO “The Girl,” based on the life of the great man. “The Girl” was More »

Hitchcock

Directed by Sacha Gervasi. US. 2012. PG-13. 98 min. Fox Searchlight. 35mm.

Fri, Jan 4 thru Thu, Jan 17 -- Roll over to view showtimes.

“Hitchcock knew something universal about moviegoers, and it may come down to his most familiar theme: The Innocent Man Wrongly Accused. It’s surprising, then, that his most successful and infamous film, “Psycho” (1960), had no leading characters who were innocent, certainly not Norman Bates and not even the purported heroine, played by Janet Leigh. “Hitchcock” is the second feature in a few months, after the made-for-HBO “The Girl,” based on the life of the great man. “The Girl” was More »

Hitchcock

Directed by Sacha Gervasi. US. 2012. PG-13. 98 min. Fox Searchlight. 35mm.

Fri, Jan 4 thru Thu, Jan 17 -- Roll over to view showtimes.

“Hitchcock knew something universal about moviegoers, and it may come down to his most familiar theme: The Innocent Man Wrongly Accused. It’s surprising, then, that his most successful and infamous film, “Psycho” (1960), had no leading characters who were innocent, certainly not Norman Bates and not even the purported heroine, played by Janet Leigh. “Hitchcock” is the second feature in a few months, after the made-for-HBO “The Girl,” based on the life of the great man. “The Girl” was More »

Hitchcock

Directed by Sacha Gervasi. US. 2012. PG-13. 98 min. Fox Searchlight. 35mm.

Fri, Jan 4 thru Thu, Jan 17 -- Roll over to view showtimes.

“Hitchcock knew something universal about moviegoers, and it may come down to his most familiar theme: The Innocent Man Wrongly Accused. It’s surprising, then, that his most successful and infamous film, “Psycho” (1960), had no leading characters who were innocent, certainly not Norman Bates and not even the purported heroine, played by Janet Leigh. “Hitchcock” is the second feature in a few months, after the made-for-HBO “The Girl,” based on the life of the great man. “The Girl” was More »

Hitchcock

Directed by Sacha Gervasi. US. 2012. PG-13. 98 min. Fox Searchlight. 35mm.

Fri, Jan 4 thru Thu, Jan 17 -- Roll over to view showtimes.

“Hitchcock knew something universal about moviegoers, and it may come down to his most familiar theme: The Innocent Man Wrongly Accused. It’s surprising, then, that his most successful and infamous film, “Psycho” (1960), had no leading characters who were innocent, certainly not Norman Bates and not even the purported heroine, played by Janet Leigh. “Hitchcock” is the second feature in a few months, after the made-for-HBO “The Girl,” based on the life of the great man. “The Girl” was More »

Hitchcock

Directed by Sacha Gervasi. US. 2012. PG-13. 98 min. Fox Searchlight. 35mm.

Fri, Jan 4 thru Thu, Jan 17 -- Roll over to view showtimes.

“Hitchcock knew something universal about moviegoers, and it may come down to his most familiar theme: The Innocent Man Wrongly Accused. It’s surprising, then, that his most successful and infamous film, “Psycho” (1960), had no leading characters who were innocent, certainly not Norman Bates and not even the purported heroine, played by Janet Leigh. “Hitchcock” is the second feature in a few months, after the made-for-HBO “The Girl,” based on the life of the great man. “The Girl” was More »

They Live

Directed by John Carpenter. US. 1988. R. 93 min. Universal. 35mm.

  • Fri, Jan 18
  • 10:10 pm

“Underrated Carpenter movie about the Reagan years. Roddy Piper plays the working class loner who wanders into town and happens to discover a box of special sunglasses belonging to some sort of mysterious underground resistance group. Then he puts on the glasses and walks around town he sees the sinister truth beneath the surface: billboards have subliminal slogans like “MATE, SPAWN AND DIE” or “OBEY;” money says “I AM YOUR GOD;” and all the yuppies, cops and ladies in fur coats have More »

Two of a Kind

Tickets: $8.50 Buy tickets online.

  • Sat, Jan 19
  • 2:00 pm

Two of a Kind and The Give ‘em a Hand Band will present an interactive family concert, celebrating the release of “Sing Me Your Story – The DVD”, their first DVD release.  The DVD features live performances filmed right here at The Colonial Theatre, as well as music videos.  Two of a Kind is the award-winning duo of David & Jenny Heitler-Klevans, and they will be joined by Hope Wesley Harrison on bass and multi-instrumentalist Justin Solonynka, with their sons More »

Dark Passage

Directed by Delmer Daves. US. 1947. NR. 106 min. Warner Bros. DVD.

  • Sun, Jan 20
  • 2:00 pm

In this, their third screen pairing, Bogart plays an escaped convict who is aided in his search for the real killer of his wife by an eager and supportive Bacall. In order to escape detection, Bogie must get a new face, via plastic surgery. To enhance this plot device, a most interesting technique is used: the first half of the film is photographed as seen through Bogart’s eyes, thus causing us to, in essence, become him. With an exceptionally well-written More »

Words of Witness

Directed by Mai Iskander. US. 2011. NR. 68 min. Human Rights Watch Film Festival. DVD.

  • Sun, Jan 20
  • 4:30 pm

“One of the most stirring moments in “Words of Witness,” a new documentary by Mai Iskander, is the storming of the State Security headquarters in Cairo. After the start of the revolution on January 25, 2011, many protesters were imprisoned, some rounded up in Tahir Square. Now three weeks after Mubarak’s ouster, the crowds storm the infamous bastille to see if there may still be prisoners left inside. As they force their entry, chaos spreads through the spooky hallways. This could More »

Point Entertainment presents Billy Cobham’s Spectrum 40 featuring Jerry Goodman, Dean Brown, Gary Husband and Ric Fierabracci

SOLD OUT.

  • Thu, Jan 24
  • 7:30 pm

Released in 1973, Billy Cobham’s Spectrum is a debut album that set the jazz-fusion genre on it’s ear. Released during the peak of the fusion movement, Spectrum takes its place amongst the influential work of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, electric Miles Davis and Weather Report. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Spectrum celebrated drummer Billy Cobham is back with an all star band featuring Jerry Goodman, Dean Brown, Gary Husband and Ric Fierabracci.
Tickets
SOLD OUT More »

6th Annual Robert Burns Memorial Whisky Tasting

  • Fri, Jan 25
  • 6:00 pm

Join us at The 6th Annual ROBERT BURNS MEMORIAL WHISKY TASTING to benefit The Classic Film Series at the Colonial! Your purchase of tickets will enter you & your companions into an incomparably unique evening of fine whiskys, artisinal cheeses & outrageous chocolates. Riannon Walsh, renowned single malt whisky expert returns to bring us exceptional single malts from around the world! Riannon will engagingly & informatively speak to their qualities, taste, & cultural influences.

Each attendee will receive as a keepsake the More »

Point Entertainment presents Live at the Fillmore and Countdown to Ecstasy

Tickets: $20 - $25. Buy tickets online.

  • Fri, Jan 25
  • 8:00 pm

Live at the Fillmore has earned the reputation as the Definitive Tribute to the Original Allman Brothers Band (inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of fame in 1995) which included Duane Allman, Dickey Betts (both listed in the 100 Greatest Guitarist of All Time) and Berry Oakley. One of the greatest live bands of all time, their concert performances are legendary, especially those at Bill Graham’s famed Fillmore East in New York City, often referred to as the ‘Church of More »

Point Entertainment presents Johnny Winter and Magic Slim & the Teardrops

Tickets: $25 - $38.50. Buy tickets online.

  • Sat, Jan 26
  • 8:00 pm

The Texas guitar tradition runs deep. It’s a gutsy school of blues playing, marked by thick tones, aggressive attack and tons of technique, all delivered in a flamboyant, swaggering style that is endemic to the Lone Star State. From T-Bone Walker and Clarence Gatemouth Brown on through Albert Collins and Freddie King, Billy Gibbons and the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, the tradition of the Texas guitar slinger has lived on. One name that ranks atop that exclusive list is Johnny More »

Key Largo

Directed by John Huston. US. 1948. NR. 100 min. Warner Bros. DVD.

  • Sun, Jan 27
  • 2:00 pm

The fourth, and final, screen teaming of Bogart and Bacall is another winner. With a cast that includes Edward G. Robinson (as gangster “Johnny Rocco”), Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Gomez, and Claire Trevor (who won an Academy Award for her heart-breaking performance as Rocco’s girlfriend), and superb direction by long-time Bogart crony, John Huston, this is a tense thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The suspenseful and claustrophobic terror mounts as Robinson (at his most More »

Life of Pi

Directed by Ang Lee. US. 2012. PG. 127 min. Fox 2000. 35mm, NOT 3D.

Fri, Jan 18 thru Fri, Jan 31 -- Roll over to view showtimes.

“For Life of Pi, the overcontrolled director Ang Lee has gone with his strengths and made a movie that’s passionately overcontrolled. It takes place largely on a lifeboat adrift in the South Pacific that carries radically mismatched buddies: a skinny 16-year-old Indian vegetarian with the odd name “Pi” (Suraj Sharma) and a man-eating Bengal tiger with the even odder name “Richard Parker.” The lifeboat isn’t entirely lifelike, mind you. The water’s aquamarine is more like ultra More »

Life of Pi

Directed by Ang Lee. US. 2012. PG. 127 min. Fox 2000. 35mm, NOT 3D.

Fri, Jan 18 thru Fri, Jan 31 -- Roll over to view showtimes.

“For Life of Pi, the overcontrolled director Ang Lee has gone with his strengths and made a movie that’s passionately overcontrolled. It takes place largely on a lifeboat adrift in the South Pacific that carries radically mismatched buddies: a skinny 16-year-old Indian vegetarian with the odd name “Pi” (Suraj Sharma) and a man-eating Bengal tiger with the even odder name “Richard Parker.” The lifeboat isn’t entirely lifelike, mind you. The water’s aquamarine is more like ultra More »

Life of Pi

Directed by Ang Lee. US. 2012. PG. 127 min. Fox 2000. 35mm, NOT 3D.

Fri, Jan 18 thru Fri, Jan 31 -- Roll over to view showtimes.

“For Life of Pi, the overcontrolled director Ang Lee has gone with his strengths and made a movie that’s passionately overcontrolled. It takes place largely on a lifeboat adrift in the South Pacific that carries radically mismatched buddies: a skinny 16-year-old Indian vegetarian with the odd name “Pi” (Suraj Sharma) and a man-eating Bengal tiger with the even odder name “Richard Parker.” The lifeboat isn’t entirely lifelike, mind you. The water’s aquamarine is more like ultra More »

Life of Pi

Directed by Ang Lee. US. 2012. PG. 127 min. Fox 2000. 35mm, NOT 3D.

Fri, Jan 18 thru Fri, Jan 31 -- Roll over to view showtimes.

“For Life of Pi, the overcontrolled director Ang Lee has gone with his strengths and made a movie that’s passionately overcontrolled. It takes place largely on a lifeboat adrift in the South Pacific that carries radically mismatched buddies: a skinny 16-year-old Indian vegetarian with the odd name “Pi” (Suraj Sharma) and a man-eating Bengal tiger with the even odder name “Richard Parker.” The lifeboat isn’t entirely lifelike, mind you. The water’s aquamarine is more like ultra More »

Life of Pi

Directed by Ang Lee. US. 2012. PG. 127 min. Fox 2000. 35mm, NOT 3D.

Fri, Jan 18 thru Fri, Jan 31 -- Roll over to view showtimes.

“For Life of Pi, the overcontrolled director Ang Lee has gone with his strengths and made a movie that’s passionately overcontrolled. It takes place largely on a lifeboat adrift in the South Pacific that carries radically mismatched buddies: a skinny 16-year-old Indian vegetarian with the odd name “Pi” (Suraj Sharma) and a man-eating Bengal tiger with the even odder name “Richard Parker.” The lifeboat isn’t entirely lifelike, mind you. The water’s aquamarine is more like ultra More »