Summer Classic Films

Screen icons and legends await at the Paramount Theatre Summer Classic Film Series

Screen icons await at the Paramount Theatre Summer Classic Film Series

cast of Wizard of Oz film
The Wizard of  Oz will begin the Paramount's Summer Classic Film Series on May 22. Photo courtesy of
Giant, James Dean as Jett Rink
A screening of James Dean's Giant will close out the film series on September 7. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.
film historian TCM host Robert Osborne with Oscar
Film historian Robert Osborne will return to the Paramount for a special discussion and screening with fans. Photo courtesy of
cast of Wizard of Oz film
Giant, James Dean as Jett Rink
film historian TCM host Robert Osborne with Oscar

The Paramount Theatre is bringing back the Summer Classic Film Series for its 39th year, and the lineup will keep you entertained when you can’t find anything good on Netflix.

Taking place from May 22 until September 7, the popular film series will start by celebrating the films of 1939 in honor of its 39th anniversary. The fun begins on Thursday, May 22 with a 35mm screening of The Wizard of Oz as the Paramount commemorates the film's 75th anniversary.

Closing out the festival in September will be a Texas-sized celebration, with a screening of the iconic James Dean film Giant, along with a closing night party to boot.

The rest of the summer is packed solid with premier choices every week, but there are some obvious highlights that can’t be missed.

Families will get a kick out of the Sound of Music sing-along, with three chances to sing about a few of your favorite things. The series also pays tribute to various different auteur filmmakers and actors, such as the collaborations between director John Hughes and actor John Candy, and a retrospective of the films by cinematic legend Orson Welles.

And if you’re wondering what to do on Father’s Day weekend (June 14 and June 15), just take dear old Dad to the James Bond screenings, featuring four of the spy classics starring everyone’s favorite British secret agent.

The Summer Classic Film Series also brings in a few celebrity guests to watch their favorite movies alongside Austin audiences. Sam Beam, the musician better known for his project Iron & Wine, will host a screening of the 2000 drama George Washington, directed by David Gordon Green, on July 25. And what kind of classic film series would it be without an appearance by film historian Robert Osborne? On July 20, the Turner Classic Movies host will once again present a screening of one of his favorites — the title is still under wraps.

Check the Paramount Theatre’s website for a full lineup. Audiences have several ticketing options: individual tickets; the Flix Tix bundle; or the Film Fan Club for discounted or free admission, premium seating, convenient parking and more.