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Best of Philly 2008

Phoenixville Arts & Culture

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

Classic Films

Our Classics on Sundays Series runs year-round at 2pm on Sunday afternoons; however you’ll sometimes see films from our Young Audiences or First Friday Fright Night series show up here too, because, well, they’re classics! Each month is programmed around a theme. Our upcoming themes are:

Apr: Musicals (Saturdays & Sundays!)
May: Meryl Streep
Jun: Reinventing the Wheel

Sponsoring a film is a great way to support the Colonial and get 50 free passes to a show! Click here to download a pdf that explains how it works (updated 4/1/14).

Click here to download our current newsletter/schedule (updated 4/1/14).

Singin’ in the Rain

Directed by Stanley Donen. US. 1952. NR. 103 min. Digital Restoration.

  • Sun, Apr 27
  • 2:00 pm

Considered by many to be the greatest movie musical ever made, this is your chance to determine whether such a grand appellation is justified. One thing that can be said for it, the cast of Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Donald O’Connor, and a very young Debbie Reynolds provides one of the most satisfying musical shows you’ll ever see. The plot, about the confusion that reigned when movies first converted from silence to sound, is secondary to the wonderful Adolph Green More »

Sophie’s Choice

Directed by Alan Pakula. UK. 1982. R. 150 min. Universal. Digital.

  • Sun, May 4
  • 2:00 pm

“A tour de force Academy Award-winning performance by Meryl Streep distinguishes this powerful adaptation of William Styron’s sweeping novel. Kevin Kline is Streep’s volatile lover, who learns the horrid secret of Sophie’s Auschwitz survival. Peter MacNicol is Stingo, a young author who falls in love with Sophie. The film is divided between Sophie’s time in Auschwitz and her post-war years as a guilt-ridden survivor living in Brooklyn. Both time frames offer heartrending, compassionate drama, and More »

The French Lieutenant’s Woman

Directed by Karel Reisz. UK. 1981. R. 124 min. MGM. 35mm.

  • Sun, May 11
  • 2:00 pm

“The French Lieutenant’s Woman” is a beautiful film to look at, and remarkably well-acted. Streep was showered with praise for her remarkable double performance, and she deserved it. She is offhandedly contemporary one moment, and then gloriously, theatrically Victorian the next. Opposite her, Jeremy Irons is authoritative and convincingly bedeviled as the man who is frustrated by both of Streep’s characters. The movie’s a challenge to our intelligence, takes delight in playing with our expectations, and has one More »

Out of Africa

Directed by Sydney Pollack. US. 1985. PG. 161 min. Universal. Digital.

  • Sun, May 25
  • 2:00 pm

“Gorgeous cinematography by David Watkin, a tremendous performance by Streep, a moving score by John Barry, and subtle direction by Sidney Pollack make this film worthy of its several Academy Awards (including Best Picture). Based on the life and works of Isak Dinesen, it’s the story of a Danish woman, Karen Blixen (Streep), who moves to Nairobi with her aristocratic husband. There, she falls in love with Africa and with a handsome British explorer Robert Redford, thankfully minus the accent).” (TLA More »

The Wild One

Directed by Laslo Benedek. US. 1953. NR. 79 min. Sony. Digital.

  • Sun, Jun 1
  • 2:00 pm

“Brando dons his leather, mounts his bike and leads his roughneck motorcycle gang into a small, staid town, wreaking havoc with every sneer and mumble. A powerful performance well complemented by Lee Marvin’s as an equally nasty hog rider.” (TLA Film and Video Guide More »


Directed by Peter Yates. US. 1968. PG. 114 min. Warner Bros. 35mm.

  • Sun, Jun 8
  • 2:00 pm

“And then there’s “Bullitt,” the Peter Yates-directed cop thriller that relies on McQueen’s chiseled features to hold an audience’s attention through what’s essentially a 45-minute TV show stretched to two hours. “Action movie” meant something very different in 1968, and aside from the famous car chase through the streets of San Francisco, “Bullitt” is primarily watchable for McQueen’s performance as a cop breaking the rules to break a case, as well as all the ’68 More »

Harryhausen Marathon

  • Sat, Jun 14
  • 12:45 pm

The Colonial continues its tradition of Father’s Day Weekend Marathons with a tribute to Ray Harryhausen, the cinematic special effects pioneer that inspired generations of filmmakers. We have three fantastical features in store for you all shot in Super Dynamation! Are you ready to match wits with Captain Nemo, battle the skeleton warriors, and set sail with Sinbad all in one day? You’ll marvel at Harryhausen’s real world practical effects and the sight of Caroline Munro as a mysterious More »

American Graffiti

Directed by George Lucas. US. 1973. PG. 110 min. Universal. Digital.

  • Sun, Jun 15
  • 2:00 pm

“Graffiti” tells the story of four teenage boys played by “Ronny” Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Paul Le Mat, and Charles Martin Smith (and the boys are the focus, however many meaty roles are given to the actresses) and their varied experiences on the night before two of them, Dreyfuss and Howard, are scheduled to leave for college. Because it’s been imitated so often, it’s almost impossible to see what an innovative film “Graffiti” is, from its near-constant rock ‘n’ roll More »


Directed by Steven Spielberg. US. 1975. PG. 124 min. Universal. Digital.

Sponsored by You've Got Geek

  • Sat, Jun 21
  • 4:00 pm

There are very few films in the history of cinema that can be considered perfect. “Jaws” is, without a doubt, one of them. Plagued with production problems of all sorts Jaws emerged as the first summer blockbuster and changed movies forever. This is a true classic of the silver screen and one of the most quotable movies of all time. Get to the theater early because there is a good chance we’re going to need a bigger boat. (Bob Trate More »

Easy Rider

Directed by Dennis Hopper. US. 1969. R. 95 min. Sony. Digital.

Sponsored by Grace Tattoo

  • Sun, Jun 22
  • 2:00 pm

“This low budget phenom sent shock waves through Hollywood and the nation. Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper are the hippie bikers who trek across America blithely caught the mood of the times. Jack Nicholson is unforgettable as the alcoholic lawyer with an itch to drop out.” (TLA Film and Video Guide 2002-03 More »

The French Connection

Directed by William Friedkin. US. 1971. R. 104 min. Fox. Digital.

Sponsored by Sips Phoenixville

  • Sun, Jun 29
  • 2:00 pm

“Although 1971′s “The French Connection” has never been regarded as one of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences’ most egregious Best Picture winners, 40+ years of dingy pan-and-scan presentations on VHS tapes and UHF matinees have sullied the reputation of director William Friedkin’s street-level police procedural. Friedkin and cinematographer Owen Roizman emphasize a documentary style heavy on handheld cameras, with many shots and sequences “stolen” by hidden equipment, and operators without city permits, but they More »