Directed by Byron Haskin. US. 1953. NR. 85 minutes. Paramount. Digital.
Of all the many science-fiction-themed films of the 1950s, this visually stunning adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic story stands head and shoulders above the rest. Though transplanted from the original’s nineteenth century England to modern-day Southern California, the story remains as terrifying as ever; what seems, at first, to be a meteor that has crashed to earth turns out to be actually the mother-ship . . .
Directed by Sam Peckinpah. US. 1972. PG. 123 minutes. Warner Bros. Digital.
Steve McQueen is at his peak of cool and charisma in this classic modern-day action thriller, directed by Sam Peckinpah from a story by famed noir crime novelist Jim Thompson (The Grifters, The Killer Inside Me). McQueen plays Doc McCoy, a bank robber fresh out of prison and on to the next heist, only to have the job bungled by others, forcing him on the run from: 1) the . . .
Directed by John Badham. US. 1977. R. 118 minutes. Paramount. Digital.
Special 40th Anniversary Celebration with a pre-screening Disco Dance Party featuring the vinyl-spinning talents of the Thrifty Discount DJs! It’s hard to believe that it’s been 40 years since John Travolta strutted across the screen to the chart-topping sounds of the Bee Gees in this blockbuster slice-of-life drama. During the day, Brooklyn working stiff Tony Manero (Travolta) hustles paint and plywood in neighborhood . . .
Directed by Arthur H. Nadel. US. 1967. NR. 99 minutes. MGM. 35mm.
Sponsored by The Elvis, And Podcast with Special Guest Retro Roadmap
50th Anniversary screening sponsored by the Elvis, And Podcast with Special Guest Mod Betty from Retro Roadmap. Plus: Elvis movie tunes spun by the Thrifty Discount DJs before the show! To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of The King’s passing, the Colonial presents this summertime musical comedy romp in which the son of a Texas oil tycoon (Elvis) trades places with a poor waterski instructor (Will Hutchins) to see if . . .
Directed by William Wyler. US. 1966. NR. 123 minutes. Fox. Digital.
A mod comedy caper, How to Steal a Million finds a young woman (Audrey Hepburn) enlisting the help of a cat burglar (Peter O’Toole) to steal a forged piece of art from a Paris museum in order to keep her con man dad (Hugh Griffith) out of jail. One of the last works by director Willian Wyler (Ben-Hur), this delightful flick also stars Eli Wallach and Charles Boyer . . .
Directed by D.A. Pennebaker. US. 1968. NR. 78 minutes. Janus. Digital.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary Monterey Pop Festival, we’re proud to screen a brand new digital restoration of this classic concert film. Highlighting star-making performances by Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, The Who and The Jimi Hendrix Experience, the film also showcases such 60s luminaries as Simon & Garfunkel, The Mamas & the Papas, Jefferson Airplane, Canned Heat, and Eric Burdon & The Animals. Get ready . . .
Directed by Walter Lang. US. 1952. NR. 117 minutes. Fox. 35mm.
Overshadowed by director Walter Lang’s other films from this decade (There’s No Business Like Show Business, The King and I, Desk Set), With a Song in My Heart proves to be just as entertaining and enriching as his more famous films. This musical biopic focuses on the triumphs and travails of singer/actress Jane Froman (played by Susan Hayward). From her rise to popularity to the 1943 plane . . .
Directed by Bruce Beresford. US. 1983. PG. 92 minutes. Universal. Digital.
Winner of the 1984 Academy Awards for Best Actor (Robert Duvall) and Best Screenplay (Horton Foote), Tender Mercies is a quiet, gentle film about finding happiness in unhappy times. Duvall stars as country singer Mac Sledge, a recovering alcoholic who decides to put his life on the right track after befriending a young widow (Tess Harper) and her lonely son (Allan Hubbard). Spotlighting several remarkable performances and highlighted by a . . .
Directed by Frank Capra. US. 1937. NR. 97 minutes. Sony. Digital.
After their plane crashes in the Himalayas, the surviving passengers are rescued by a kind stranger and taken to paradise on earth – Shangri-La. There they meet the mysterious High Lama who tells them that their plane crash may not have been an accident but fate. Ronald Coleman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton and Sam Jaffe star in Frank Capra’s adaptation of the James Hilton’s classic novel . . .
Directed by Stanley Kubrick. UK. 1964. PG. 95 minutes. Sony. Digital.
Referred to variously as a “classic nightmare comedy,” a “ferocious cold war satire,” and “the funniest movie ever made about thermonuclear holocaust,” Stanley Kubrick’s masterful Dr. Strangelove seems to grow increasingly relevant with each passing day. The story has a certifiably insane General (General Jack D. Ripper) who, believing that the Communists are sabotaging his “vital bodily fluids,” deliberately sends a bomber squadron off to attack the USSR. Hearing . . .