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Classic Films

Member passes are accepted at most classic films. Click on the film title to confirm.
Matinee: $7 Adult // $7 Seniors (62+) & Students // $5 Members & Children <13
Evening: $10 Adult // $8 Seniors (62+) & Students // $6 Members & Children <13

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Bonnie and Clyde

Sun., November 19, 2017

Directed by Arthur Penn. US. 1967. R. 1 hour 52 minutes. Warner. Digital.

In the summer of ’67 The Beatles changed music with the release of Sgt. Pepper and Warner Bros. changed movies with the release of Bonnie and Clyde. Loosely based on the true story of Depression-era bank robbers/lovers Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) and Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty), Arthur Penn’s counterculture-influenced film broke barriers with its frank depiction of sexuality and violence – and opened up the door for . . .

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Fri., November 24, 2017 thru Sun., November 26, 2017

Directed by Terry Gilliam. UK. 1975. PG. 1 hour 31 minutes. Rainbow. Digital.
Sponsored by Kevin R. Pound

Two of our screenings will be the SING-ALONG version of the film: Saturday @ 9:15pm and Sunday @ 3:45pm. 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 . . .

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Sat., November 25, 2017

Directed by George Roy Hill. US. 1969. PG. 1 hour 50 minutes. Fox. Digital.

Paul Newman and Robert Redford paved new trails in the buddy picture with this wistful Western penned by celebrated novelist William Goldman. Near the end of the 19th century, Butch leads the notorious Hole-in-the-Wall Gang in a series of robberies. After a botched train robbery, Butch and his loyal cohort the Sundance Kid find themselves pursued by a ruthless posse. With Sundance’s girlfriend in tow, the . . .

Hannah and Her Sisters

Sun., November 26, 2017

Directed by Woody Allen. US. 1986. PG-13. 1 hour 43 minutes. MGM. 35mm.

Bookended by family Thanksgiving dinners, Woody Allen’s dramedy traces the ups-and-downs of sisters Hannah (Mia Farrow), Lee (Barbara Hershey) and Holly (Academy Award Winner Dianne Wiest). Characters weaving in-and-out of their lives include Hannah’s unfaithful husband (Oscar Winner Michael Caine), Hannah’s ex-husband (Allen), a troubled artist (Max von Sydow), a friend-turned-rival (Carrie Fisher), a would-be suitor (Sam Waterson), and . . .

Sitting Pretty

Sun., December 3, 2017

Directed by Walter Lang. US. 1948. NR. 1 hour 23 minutes. Fox. 35mm.

Clifton Webb, master of waspish prissiness and aristocratic disdain, was nominated for a well-deserved Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of self-proclaimed genius Mr. Belvedere in this surprise hit comedy of 1948. It seems that busy parents Robert Young and Maureen O’Hara are raising three bratty boys and, in desperation, have hired this middle-aged gentleman as a most-unlikely babysitter, after having worn out several previous . . .

You Can’t Take it with You

Sun., December 10, 2017

Directed by Frank Capra. US. 1938. NR. 2 hours 6 minutes. Sony. Digital. FREE, but tickets are required.

This fast-moving screwball comedy about an eccentric family, based on a Pulitzer prize-winning play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, easily won 1938’s Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director. It boasts a sterling cast, including James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, Edward Arnold, and Spring Byington, all at their peak of comic inventiveness. The plot is a simple one: Barrymore, the patriarch of the . . .

My Man Godfrey

Sun., December 17, 2017

Directed by Gregory La Cava. US. 1936. NR. 1 hour 34 minutes. Universal. Digital.

One of Hollywood’s greatest screwball comedies, My Man Godfrey earns its distinct honor thanks to the talents of its stars Carole Lombard and William Powell. While playing in a scavenger hunt, socialite Irene Bullock (Lombard) meets down-on-his-luck Godfrey “Smith” Parke (Powell). After striking up a friendship with Godfrey, Irene offers him a job as the family butler. As Godfrey adjusts to his new role in life . . .

It’s a Wonderful Life

Sat., December 23, 2017 thru Mon., December 25, 2017

Directed by Frank Capra. US. 1946. NR. 2 hours 10 minutes. Paramount. Digital.
Sponsored by CENTURY 21 Norris-Valley Forge

What can we say about It’s a Wonderful Life that hasn’t been said a thousand times before? One of the most popular movies of all time (though it wasn’t a hit when it was first released), this is a film that has come to represent all the hope, good will, and sentiment that define the holiday season. Please join us in rooting for Jimmy Stewart, Clarence the . . .

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Sat., December 30, 2017

Directed by Stanley Kramer. US. 1963. 8+. 2 hours 39 minutes. MGM. Digital.

Comedies don’t get any bigger or funnier than this epic! When mortally-wounded criminal “Smiler” Grogan (Jimmy Durante) reveals the mysterious location of $350,000 in stolen loot to five motorists (Sid Caesar, Jonathan Winters, Milton Berle, Mickey Rooney and Buddy Hackett), he unwittingly sets off a statewide race to find the buried booty. But Grogan’s old nemesis Captain T.G. Culpeper (Spencer Tracy) is keeping a close . . .

The Lion in Winter

Sun., December 31, 2017

Directed by Anthony Harvey. UK. 1968. PG. 2 hours 14 minutes. Rialto. Digital.

In 1183, King Henry II (Peter O’Toole) plans to announce his successor during his Christmas celebration. Although he has three sons, he favors Prince John (Nigel Terry). Queen Eleanor (Katharine Hepburn in an Oscar winning performance), his recently imprisoned wife, believes their son Prince Richard (Anthony Hopkins) should be king. As various conniving family members and insiders gather for the feast, complex webs of deceit and double-crosses are . . .

A Hard Day’s Night

Sat., January 6, 2018

Directed by Richard Lester. UK. 1964. 8+. 1 hour 27 minutes. Janus. Digital.

Here’s a sure-fire cure for the winter blues: spend an afternoon with the Fab Four! Originally released at the height of Beatlemania, A Hard Day’s Night retains its popularity thanks to a witty script, clever direction, the boys’ charisma, and of course, timeless songs like Can’t Buy Me Love, If I Fell, I’m Happy Just to Dance with You, and the title tune. Now, fifty . . .

Anastasia

Sun., January 7, 2018

Directed by Anatole Litvak. US. 1956. NR. 1 hour 45 minutes. Fox. Digital.

Screen legend Ingrid Bergman won her second Oscar for this historical drama. Found wandering the streets of Paris, troubled amnesiac Anna Koreff (Bergman) bears a strong resemblance to Grand Duchess Anastasia, the presumed dead daughter of slain Tsar Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra. Knowing that the Tsar hid a small fortune in an English bank, an opportunistic Russian General (Yul Brynner) grooms Anna in an effort to convince the exiled . . .

The Sound of Music

Sat., January 13, 2018

Directed by Robert Wise. US. 1965. 6+. 2 hours 54 minutes. Fox. Digital.

After proving herself a bona fide Broadway star, Julie Andrews cemented her reputation as a silver screen sensation with this magnificent musical! Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, the film adaptation of the hit play tells the story of a young governess (Andrews) who brings love and music into the home of windowed Austrian naval hero Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) and his seven children. Spotlighting unforgettable music . . .

Oklahoma!

Sun., January 14, 2018

Directed by Fred Zinneman. US. 1955. NR. 2 hours 25 minutes. Fox. Digital.

If you’ve only seen Oklahoma! on TV then you’ve never truly seen it. A widescreen masterpiece based on Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic Broadway musical, Oklahoma! finds rugged cowboy Curly (Gordon MacRae) pining for the equally smitten Laurey Williams (Shirley Jones in her film debut). The only thing standing in true love’s way is dangerous farm hand Jud (Rod Steiger). Filled with memorable songs such as Oh . . .

Bad Day at Black Rock

Sun., January 21, 2018

Directed by John Sturges. US. 1955. NR. 1 hour 21 minutes. Warner. 35mm.

As soon as disabled WWII veteran John J. Macreedy (Spencer Tracy) sets foot in the town of Black Rock, he realizes that visitors are not welcome – especially those interested in the current whereabouts of  a missing Japanese-American farmer. Determined to uncover the town’s dark secrets, Macreedy sets out to expose the chief suspects, including local kingpin Reno Smith (Robert Ryan) and his cronies (Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin and . . .

Leave Her to Heaven

Sun., January 28, 2018

Directed by John Stahl. US. 1945. NR. 1 hour 50 minutes. Fox. Digital.

When writer Richard Harland (Cornel Wilde) meets Ellen Berent (Gene Tierney) during a train ride, he instantly falls in love with her. Equally enamored with Richard, Ellen leaves her fiancé (Vincent Price) and begins an intense relationship with hew new beau that results in an almost immediate marriage. Not long after they settle into domestic bliss, Richard begins to discover that Ellen is insanely jealous of anyone or anything that . . .

Pinky

Sun., February 4, 2018

Directed by Elia Kazan. US. 1949. NR. 1 hour 42 minutes. Fox. Digital.

Patricia “Pinky” Johnson (Jeanne Crain) is an African-American nurse who passes as white while attending school in the North. After an unsuspecting doctor proposes marriage, Patricia flees to her home in the South and heeds the advice of her grandmother (Ethel Waters) who warns her of the potential dangers she faces if her secret is revealed. An early film from director Elia Kazan (On the Waterfront, A Streetcar Named . . .

In the Heat of the Night

Sun., February 11, 2018

Directed by Norman Jewison. US. 1967. NR. 1 hour 49 minutes. MGM. Digital.

“They call me Mister Tibbs!” With that legendary line, Sydney Poitier’s Philadelphia police detective Virgil Tibbs let racist Southern police chief Bill Gillespie (Rod Steiger) know who’s calling the shots during their investigation of a prominent businessman’s suspicious death. Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Steiger) and Best Screenplay, In the Heat of the Night boasts gorgeous cinematography by Haskell Wexler, a Ray . . .

Romeo and Juliet

Sun., February 18, 2018

Directed by Franco Zeffirelli. UK. 1968. PG. 2 hours 18 minutes. Paramount. Digital.

Director Franco Zeffirelli’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s beloved tale of doomed young love was a box office hit upon release and continues to enamor contemporary audiences with its lush photography, haunting score and strong performances by age-appropriate leads (Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey). Filmed on location in Italy, Romeo and Juliet also features an early performance by Michael York (Cabaret) and narration by an uncredited Sir Laurence Olivier . . .

The Seven Year Itch

Sun., February 25, 2018

Directed by Billy Wilder. US. 1955. NR. 1 hour 45 minutes. Fox. Digital.

While his wife and son travel to Maine to escape a summer heat wave, middle-aged New York executive Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell) becomes infatuated with his new neighbor (Marilyn Monroe). As he dreams about a life with his new acquaintance, Richard begins to wonder if he will eventually act on his impulses – or remain a faithful spouse. Based on the hit play of the same name, The Seven Year . . .

The Sting

Sun., March 4, 2018

Directed by George Roy Hill. US. 1973. NR. 2 hours 9 minutes. Universal. Digital.

Paul Newman and Robert Redford shine in their second screen pairing as Depression-era con men looking to pull a fast one on the wealthy mobster (Robert Shaw) who murdered their mentor. Accompanied by Marvin Hamlisch’s adaptation of Scott Joplin’s ragtime music, The Sting was a huge hit with audiences and critics that took home Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Adapted Score . . .

Amadeus

Sun., March 18, 2018

Directed by Milos Forman. US. 1984. R. 2 hours 59 minutes. Zaentz. Digital.

Yearning to be the world’s most beloved composer, deeply disciplined and religious Antonioni Salieri (Best Actor winner F. Murray Abraham) finds himself confronted by a threat to his professional pursuits: an upstart composer named Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce). Crass, callow and crude, Mozart offends the pious Salieri in every way – except for his music. Realizing that his own work pales in comparison to that of the supremely gifted . . .

Raging Bull

Sun., March 25, 2018

Directed by Martin Scorsese. US. 1980. R. 2 hours 9 minutes. MGM. Digital.

Robert DeNiro deservedly won an Oscar as brutish boxer Jake “The Bronx Bull” LaMotta in this Martin Scorsese film that’s considered one of the greatest movies ever made. With its commanding direction, breakneck editing, and stark black-and-white photography, Raging Bull chronicles LaMotta’s life from his heyday in the ‘40s to his downfall in the ‘50s to his reemergence as a nightclub comic in the ‘60s. Its . . .