Directed by Steven Spielberg. US. 1975. PG. 2 hours 4 minutes. Universal. 35mm.
Sponsored by Matthew Lindsey and Allison Stull
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the movies: here comes the Colonial’s annual screening of Steven Spielberg’s first blockbuster – Jaws! In this summertime classic a hungry stranger (Bruce the Shark) comes to the beaches of Amity Island and all hell breaks loose. Now it’s up to the town’s police chief (Roy Scheider,) a marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss), and a salty shark . . .
Directed by David Lean. UK. 1957. NR. 2:41 minutes. Sony. Digital.
Set in a POW camp in Burma during the height of World War II, Bridge On the River Kwai focuses on the no-win situation of British officer Col. Nicholson (Sir Alec Guinness) – either he and his men build a bridge that will benefit the war effort of their captors, or suffer unimaginable torture. At first reluctant Nicholson soon realizes that the construction project is a morale booster for his . . .
Take advantage of the wonderful weather (and your membership) by joining fellow members on the Colonial’s rooftop deck for a series of special outdoor screenings! What’s playing? That’ll be a surprise until show time – but we can tell you that each title is a gem! So bring your favorite camping chair and we’ll supply the movies – and a few other treats! Rain dates will typically be . . .
Directed by Fred Wilcox. US. 1956. NR. 1 hour 38 minutes. Warner Bros. Digital.
When a crew of astronauts led by Commander Adams (Leslie Nielsen) journeys to the planet Altair IV in search of the previous expedition, they encounter the three remaining inhabitants (Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Robby the Robot) and a mysterious invisible force that could destroy them all! This groundbreaking sci-fi spectacle (inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest) is just as awe-inspiring and entertaining as any modern blockbuster . . .
Directed by Peter Yates. US. 1968. PG. 1 hour 54 minutes. Warner Bros. Digital.
50th Anniversary Screening! Steve McQueen dominates the screen in the quintessential crime thriller. After a mobster turned informant is murdered before he can testify, San Francisco police Lt. Frank Bullitt (McQueen) begins to suspect that this particular mob hit may not be all that it seems. Forsaking studio sets for gritty locations, Bullitt captures the realism of murder investigation that was missing from previous police procedurals. And its revolutionary car . . .
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. US. 1958. G. 1 hour 55 minutes. Warner Bros. Digital.
60th Anniversary Screening! Promiscuous Parisian playboy Gaston (Louis Jordan) dedicates his life to loving-and-leaving a string of mistresses while helping his young friend Gigi (Leslie Caron) navigate the world of high society. When the once platonic friends begin to experience the first pangs of romance, Gaston must decide if he can ever choose commitment over convenience. This marvelous Lerner and Loewe musical is highlighted by such memorable numbers . . .
Directed by Gene Saks. US. 1967. G. 1 hour 46 minutes. Paramount. Digital.
Based on Neil Simon’s hit play, this lighthearted comedy finds newlyweds Corie (Jane Fonda), a free spirit, and Paul Bratter (Robert Redford), an uptight lawyer, settling down in a rundown sixth-floor apartment in Greenwich Village. It doesn’t take long for their contrasting personalities to test their marriage which may end before it’s really begun. Will they reconcile their differences in time? Find out in this crowd . . .
Directed by Terence Young. US. 1965. NR. 2 hour 10 minutes. MGM. Digital.
Look out! Here comes the biggest Bond of all! That’s what the poster proclaimed when Thunderball hit the screens in 1965. And there was a lot of truth in that advertising. When SPECTRE operative Emilio Largo steals two warheads from a NATO plane, it’s up to 007 (Sean Connery) to penetrate the villain’s lair, retrieve the warheads and save the world from destruction. Filled with exciting action . . .
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. US. 1959. NR. 2 hours 16 minutes. Warner Bros. Digital.
Cary Grant’s fourth and final collaboration with Hitchcock is considered by many to be their absolute best. Filled with many memorable moments, most notably the crop-dusting sequence and the chase over the famous faces of Mount Rushmore, this is a thrilling tale (and tongue-in-cheek spoof of spy movies) complete with mistaken identity murder most foul and nick-of-time escapes. The terrific supporting cast includes Eva . . .
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. US. 1939. NR. 1 hour 50 minutes. Warner Bros. Digital.
First Garbo talked, then she laughed! In her first big screen comedy, Greta Garbo portrays Nina Ivanovna “Ninotchka” Yakushov, a special envoy deployed by the Soviet Union to Paris to ensure the sale of royal jewels seized during the Russian Revolution. Ninotchka’s mission is hampered by a charming Count (Melvyn Douglas) who intends to intercept the jewels on behalf of their rightful owner, the Grand Duchess (Ina Claire). Will . . .
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. US. 1942. NR. 1 hour 39 minutes. Universal. 35mm.
When the Nazis invade Poland, the husband-and-wife founders of a Warsaw theatrical troupe(Jack Benny and Caroler Lombard) find themselves cast in a plot to prevent a list of resistance leaders from falling into enemy hands. Released one month after Lombard’s tragic death, this satirical farce caused quite a stir upon release, but is now considered one of the greatest comedies of all time . . .
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. US. 1940. NR. 2 hours 5 minutes. Janus Films. Digital.
Charlie Chaplin wrote, directed, produced, scored and starred in this revolutionary comedy/drama that follows the parallel stories of an amnesiac WWI hero/barber (Chaplin) and a rising fascist dictator Adenoid Hynkel (also Chaplin). After joining the rebellion, the barber who bears a remarkable resemblance to the dictator soon finds himself in a position that could change the current state of affairs . . .
Directed by Preston Sturges. US. 1941. NR. 1 hour 34 minutes. Universal. Digital.
From the mind of Preston Sturges (Sullivan’s Travels) comes this screwball comedy classic about a lovelorn millionaire (Henry Fonda), the con artist (Barbara Stanwyck) after his fortune, and the conflicting feelings that place both of them in a complicated scenario played out aboard a luxurious ocean liner. Selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, The Lady Eve is commonly listed as . . .
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. UK. 1938. NR. 1 hour 36 minutes. MGM. Digital.
Delayed by an avalanche, two passengers aboard a London-bound train, young Iris (Margaret Lockwood) and elderly Miss Froy (Dame May Whitty), strike up a friendship. When the trip resumes Iris realizes that Miss Froy has gone missing. Although the other passengers don’t recall seeing the missing woman, Iris tries to uncover the truth with the help of a musician (Michael Redgrave). Soon sparks and bullets fly as the . . .
Directed by Josef von Sternberg. US. 1932. NR. 1 hour 22 minutes. Universal. Digital.
China. 1931. While the nation is engulfed in civil war, a British Captain (Donald Harvey) travelling to Shanghai discovers that a fellow passenger – the notorious courtesan Shanghai Lilly (Marlene Dietrich) – is in fact his old flame, Magdalen. As the former lovers reignite their spark a real powder keg is about to explode via the exploits of a cunning spy (Warner Oland) and his rebel forces. This pre-Code classic from . . .
Directed by George Dunning. UK. 1968. G. 1 hour 30 minutes. Abramorama. Digital Restoration.
Yellow Submarine, based upon a song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, is a fantastic tale brimming with peace, love, and hope, propelled by Beatles songs, including “Eleanor Rigby,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” “All You Need Is Love,” and “It’s All Too Much.” When the film debuted in 1968, it was instantly recognized as a landmark achievement, revolutionizing a genre by integrating . . .