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Best of Philly 2008

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

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! Our upcoming themes are:

Jul: Mop Tops, Mods & Monkees
Aug: The Guns of August
Sep: Conspiracy by the Numbers

Download our newsletter/schedule (updated Jun 17).

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Quadrophenia

Directed by Franc Roddam. UK. 1979. R. 117 min. Westchester Films. 35mm.

  • Sun, Jul 27
  • 2:00 pm

In contrast to last week’s fun romp through the early days of British rock and roll, this musical milestone (produced fifteen years after “A Hard Day’s Night”) places the emphasis on the sense of alienation and disillusionment felt by British teens in the early 1960s, during their Mods vs. Rockers phase. Inspired by The Who’s rock opera, and featuring “My Generation” and other driving themes, this is a fascinating combination of British angry young man drama and hard-rocking More »

All Quiet on the Western Front

Directed by Lewis Milestone. US. 1930. NR. 136 min. Universal. Digital.

  • Sun, Aug 3
  • 2:00 pm

Starting off our month of films centered on World War I (the “war to end all wars”) we have a film that has been described by many as “the greatest anti-war film ever made.” It stars a young Lew Ayres, as a sensitive German youth who, with his friends, is swept up with patriotic fervor by a jingoistic college professor, only to face the true horrors of trench warfare. (The emotional impact of this film can be seen in its having More »

Wings

Directed by William Wellman. US. 1927. NR. 144 min. Paramount. Digital.

  • Sun, Aug 10
  • 2:00 pm

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to fly in a World War I “dog-fight,” high above the raging battlefields below? Well, the classic movie “Wings” may provide you with your only true opportunity to experience this thrill. Forget the fact that this film was so awesome as to win the very first Academy Award for Best Film. And forget the fact that it includes Gary Cooper’s first notable role, and that it co-stars the famous “It More »

Mata Hari

Directed by George Fitzmaurice. US. 1931. NR. 89 min. Warner Bros. 35mm.

  • Sun, Aug 17
  • 2:00 pm

The immortal Greta Garbo gets to play one of the finest roles of her life, as the beautiful German exotic dancer “who traded sex for secrets” during the First World War. With a supporting cast that includes the great Lionel Barrymore as well as Ramon Navarro and Lewis Stone among her conquests and co-conspirators, this pre-code feature is highlighted by Garbo’s intriguing and erotic dance around a lascivious statue – a scene that, more than anything else, displays why she More »

Grand Illusion

Directed by Jean Renoir. France. 1937. NR. 114 min. Rialto Pictures. Digital.

  • Sun, Aug 24
  • 2:00 pm

This film is widely regarded as being one of the finest ever conceived, providing a most eloquent and meaningful commentary on the essence of war by focussing on the relationships between French prisoners of war (Jean Gabin , Marcel Dalio and Pierre Fresnay) and their German commandant (the masterful Erich von Stroheim). To again quote the Radio Times, “Made on the eve of the Second Word War but set in a German POW camp during the First World War, it has been called More »

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

Directed by Michael Powell. UK. 1943. NR. 163 min. MGM. Digital.

  • Sun, Aug 31
  • 2:00 pm

A film that is considered to be “one of British cinema’s undisputed masterpieces,” this is a warm and witty character study of the life of a seemingly stuffy professional British soldier (Roger Livesey) whose long career spans the Boer War through World War II. As the Cinebook Movie Guide has so aptly described him, he is “transformed by time and experience from the dashing young firebrand of the 1890s to the anachronistic old codger of the World War II era. The More »

Seven Days in May

Directed by John Frankenheimer. US. 1964. PG-13. 118 min. Warner. 35mm.

  • Sun, Sep 7
  • 2:00 pm

Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas star in this exceptionally tense and well-acted political thriller about a conspiracy among top military brass, who plan to take over the US government after the president (Fredric March) signs a nuclear disarmament treaty. With a supporting cast that includes Edmund O’Brien (nominated for Best Supporting Actor), Ava Gardner, John Houseman, Martin Balsam, and many other familiar faces of the time, this is a film that cranks up the suspense to almost unbearable levels, while More »

Three Days of the Condor

Directed by Sydney Pollack. US. 1975. R. 117 min. Paramount. Digital.

  • Sun, Sep 14
  • 2:00 pm

In the wake of the Watergate scandals and revelations about the Vietnam War, conspiracy theories blossomed during the mid-1970s. Nowhere was this national paranoia more evident than in this major thriller of the time. Actor/director Sydney Pollack (“Absence of Malice,” “Tootsie,” “Out of Africa,” etc.) and Robert Redford teamed up to provide an action-packed tale of a low-level CIA operator (like, his job is to read books and to try and find security threats) who comes back to More »

Harold Lloyd in Girl Shy with Live Organ Accompaniment

Presented by The Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley

  • Sun, Sep 21
  • 2:00 pm

The Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley, Inc. (TOSDV) begins its 2014/2015 season with a special guest theatre organist. Clark Wilson, from Ohio, will be at the console of TOSDV’s 3/24 Mighty Wurlitzer to accompany a wonderful Harold LLoyd silent film comedy, “Girl Shy”  from 1924, co-starring Jobyna Ralston.Lloyd portrays a small-time tailor’s apprentice who can’t speak to women but nevertheless has penned a how-to book entitled “The Secret of Making Love More »

All the President’s Men

Directed by Alan Pakula. US. 1976. R. 138 min. Warner Bros. 35mm.

  • Sun, Sep 28
  • 2:00 pm

If it weren’t for the fact that this is very much a true story, based upon actual events, one would think that this movie was a lot less believable than the other conspiracy films we’re featuring this month. Unfortunately, it is true, and it is based upon documented facts. It stars Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as the reporters Robert Woodward and Carl Bernstein, whose unrelenting digging and perseverance in seeking out the facts about a “two-bit burglary” in More »

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Directed by Terry Gilliam. UK. 1975. PG. 91 min. Rainbow Releasing. Digital.

Fri, Nov 28 thru Mon, Dec 1 -- Roll over to view showtimes.

The end of November brings many cherished traditions: Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends, shopping with the crazed masses on Black Friday, watching parades and football games, and gathering at the Colonial to watch one of the funniest (and most quotable) comedies of all time,“Monty Python and the Holy Grail!” Perhaps the Pythons’ finest film, this cult classic puts an absurdist spin on the King Arthur legend complete with silly swordplay, horseless horseplay, a killer bunny, and a band of knights More »