Does anything scream summer more than noshing on popcorn in an air-conditioned movie theater? This summer, bypass the brand-new action flicks and predictable rom-coms and instead revisit the classics during the 43rd Paramount Summer Classic Film Series.
Running May 24 through September 1, the Paramount and Stateside theaters will present more than 100 films in all their well-preserved glory. Each year, the SCFS's selections are curated around certain themes. This year, the cinematic celebration begins with "A Weekend to Remember," four days of "remembering the cinematic heroes who thrilled us, the iconic comedians who made us laugh even in dark times, and the silver screen lovers who brought tears to our eyes."
Naturally, Casablanca will kick off the series with first screening on May 24. The weekend will close with a double feature of Bridge of the River Kwai and The Great Escape on May 27.
Also returning this year are the CapMetro-sponsored "Transit Adventure Nights." During those showings, the transit company picks up the ticket tab and provides movie-goers with free popcorn and a free Transit Day Pass. (The first Transit Adventure is Dr. Strangelove on May 26.)
This being a family affair, the series also offers "Family Film Festival" nights which include discounts on children's tickets. The Wizard of Oz will be first on June 3, followed by The Little Mermaid, Annie, Superman (40th anniversary), and The Nightmare Before Christmas (25th anniversary) all showing throughout the summer.
Other curated mini-fests within the series include:
- "Fantastic Heroines,” with The Wiz (40th anniversary) and The Red Shoes (70th anniversary)
- "Defiant Women” with Thelma & Louise and The Passion of Joan of Arc (90th anniversary)
- “Fright Nights,” including Night of the Living Dead (50th anniversary) and Jaws
- “Dystopian Visions,” including Metropolis, Mad Max, and Brazil
- "Back to School," with Animal House
- "Soundtrack Saturday,” including Grease (40th anniversary)
A full schedule and lineup can be found here.
Curated series aside, the SCFS is also bringing back popular events including a Father's Day double feature and "Manicures and Martinis." On June 17, treat the old man to screenings of Goldfinger and Field of Dreams on the big screen. In August, grab your best pals and catch Breakfast at Tiffany's and The Devil Wears Prada while sipping, you guessed it, martinis.
Other highlights of this summer's lineup include the return of "Hitchcock Week," which promises screenings of Vertigo and North by Northwest, among other Hitchcock classics. "70MM Week" also returns giving movie buffs the chance to see 2001: A Space Odyssey, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Lawrence of Arabia in their original formats.
And if you thought it couldn't get bigger than Casablanca, the series ends with two iconic Hollywood classics — Giant on August 31 and Gone with the Wind on September 1.
Regular adult tickets are $12 and include a $1 preservation fee for the historic Congress Avenue theaters. Movie buffs interested in taking part all summer long should consider joining the Film Fan Club, which requires a $45 badge and includes $7 movie tickets, free popcorn, reserved seating, and an invite to the opening and closing parties.
For a full schedule of events, specials, and the updated lineup, visit the Paramount website.