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Classic Films

$9 Adult // $7 Seniors (62+) & Students // $5 Members & Children <13
Special screenings and marathons priced as noted in the show description.

Our Classic film series runs year-round at 2pm on Sundays; however you’ll sometimes see films from our Young Audiences, First Friday Fright Night or Cult series show up here too, because, well, they’re classics!

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Tue., April 4, 2017

Directed by Michael Radford. UK. 1984. R. 113 minutes. 35mm.
Sponsored by Friends of the Colonial

We pay tribute to the late John Hurt with a special 35mm screening of 1984. Learn more about the National Screening Day of 1984 here.

“Director Michael Radford’s 1984, filmed in England between April and June of 1984 (the same period during which the action of George Orwell’s famous 1949 novel takes place), is a film adaptation that succeeds brilliantly. In one fell swoop, it repoliticizes the novel . . .

Children of Paradise

Sun., April 9, 2017

Directed by Marcel Carné. France. 1945. NR. 190 minutes. Janus. Digital.

“Considered by many to be one of the greatest films ever made, this intensely romantic melodrama wonderfully re-creates the teeming excitement of the early 1800s – both for the French theatre as well as Paris’ Boulevard du Crime. In a complicated series of events, the film follows the interlocking fates of four central characters: Frederick (Pierre Brausseur), a haughty actor who communicates through words; Baptiste (Jean-Louis Barrault), a sensitive . . .

On the Town

Sun., April 23, 2017

Directed by Stanley Donen. US. 1949. NR. 98 minutes. Warner. Digital.

“A grand, energetic and immensely enjoyable adaptation of the popular Broadway musical. With a score by Leonard Bernstein and a book by Betty Comden and Adolph Greene, directors Kelly and Donen have opened up, with location shooting, this exuberant tale about three sailors on a 24-hour pass, and of their romantic adventures in New York City. Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Jules Munchin are the men in uniform; and Vera . . .

Queen Christina

Sun., April 30, 2017

Directed by Rouben Mamoulian. US. 1933. NR. 99 minutes. Warner. 35mm.

“In one of her most intoxicating performances, Greta Garbo radiates sensuality and regal authority as the lonely but compassionate 17th-century Swedish monarch – who renounced her throne rather than be forced to wed and produce an heir. Exquisitely photographed, the film also features John Gilbert as her intended, who can’t understand her reluctance and constant wearing of men’s trousers. Mamoulian’s classic works as both historical epic and . . .

The Italian Job

Sun., May 7, 2017

Directed by Peter Collinson. UK. 1969. G. 99 minutes. Paramount. Digital.
Sponsored by Otto's MINI and PhillyMINI

Please note that this screening is at 4:45PM.

“Michael Caine stars as a crafty, impish career criminal whose swinging credentials are established by his itinerary upon leaving prison: a trip to his tailor, the recovery of his sports car, and a visit to a swanky hotel room filled with fetching women of ill repute. Caine then sets about orchestrating an ambitious heist involving millions in gold; a computer-engineered . . .

Joel’s Fried Gold Film Fest

Sat., May 13, 2017

To celebrate the life of Joel Rickenbach, we pay tribute to our beloved family member with the 2nd Annual Joel’s Fried Gold Film Fest! From 3:30-11PM, the Colonial’s big screen will play host to three of Joel’s favorite films, or as he referred to them, slices of fried gold: The Lego Movie at 3:30PM (Phil Lord. US. 2014. PG. 100 m. WB. Digital), The . . .


Sun., May 14, 2017

Directed by Delbert Mann. US. 1955. NR. 90 minutes. Park Circus. 35mm.

“Ma, sooner or later, there comes a point in a man’s life when he’s gotta face some facts. And one fact I gotta face is that, whatever it is that women like, I ain’t got it.” Stuck between giving up and selling out, Marty, a middle-aged bachelor, has an average disposition when it comes to love and marriage. His mother and family push for marriage while . . .

A Letter to Three Wives

Sun., May 21, 2017

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. US. 1949. NR. 103 minutes. Fox. Digital.

“Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s magisterial, buoyant suburban drama, from 1949, concerns three couples and a wild card—the strong-willed, sophisticated woman whom one of the husbands used to love and whom all three of them admire, and who, to launch the story, informs their three wives that she has run away with one of the men. The couples—played by Ann Sothern and Kirk Douglas; Linda Darnell and Paul . . .


Sun., May 28, 2017

Directed by Sydney Pollack. US. 1982. PG. 116 minutes. Sony. Digital.

“There are few actors who can communicate thinking as tangibly as Dustin Hoffman. Watching him, one’s always aware of gears turning, of thought and self-awareness as exhilaratingly tactile curses thrust upon the character in question. Apart from Straight Time, no film has been as directly in touch with this forcefully internal physicality as Tootsie, which actively depends on our awareness of Hoffman’s mythic reputation, most pronouncedly his . . .

The Night of the Hunter

Sun., June 4, 2017

Directed by Charles Laughton. US. 1955. NR. 93 minutes. Park Circus. Digital.

“A tall, handsome ‘preacher’ – his knuckles eerily tattooed with ‘love’ and ‘hate’ – roams the countryside, spreading the gospel… and leaving a trail of murdered women in his wake. To Reverend Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum), the work of the Lord has more to do with condemning souls than saving them, especially when his own interests are involved. Now his sights are set on $10,000 – and two little children are the . . .

Elevator to the Gallows

Sun., June 11, 2017

Directed by Louis Malle. France. 1958. NR. 91 minutes. Rialto. Digital.

“Elevator to the Gallows revolves around Florence (Jeanne Moreau) and her lover Julien (Maurice Ronet), who have plotted to murder her husband, M. Carala (Jean Wall). After framing Carala’s death to look like a suicide, Julien gets stuck in his office building’s elevator, and his car is stolen by a teenage couple, Louis (Georges Poujouly) and Véronique (Yori Bertin), looking for a joyride. Florence spends the night . . .

Trekking with Dad Marathon

Sun., June 18, 2017

The Colonial Theatre’s annual Father’s Day movie marathon event is about to boldly go where it has never gone before – the Star Trek universe. Kirk, Spock and the rest of the USS Enterprise crew are beaming down to the Colonial’s big screen on Jun 18 with three of their best cinematic adventures. The three films selected are among the most highly regarded entries in the Star Trek . . .


Sat., June 24, 2017

Directed by Steven Spielberg. US. 1975. PG. 124 minutes. Universal. Digital.
Sponsored by Neil Spak, REALTOR®

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 . . .

Victor Victoria

Sun., June 25, 2017

Directed by Blake Edwards. UK. 1982. R. 132 minutes. Warner. 35mm.

“This stylish, gender-bending, sexual/musical comedy stars Julie Andrews as a female (Victoria) who passes as a gay male female impersonator (Victor). Robert Preston offers a scintillating performance as her gay friend and mentor, Toddy. James Garner is a Chicago gangster confusingly enchanted and attracted to Andrews, who he thinks is a man. Based on the 1933 German comedy, Viktor und Viktoria, Edwards’ exuberant romp is full of snappy . . .