Victoria Theatre Association’s annual Cool Films Series is just around the corner bringing back Reel Late at the Vic late night movies and a brand new daytime Family Films lineup! Beginning July 4, VTA will break out the FREE popcorn and FREE soda and FREE nostalgia with the 2014 Cool Films Series at the historic Victoria Theatre. “We’re always striving for a balance between golden age of Hollywood titles (1935-1955) and newer titles that deserve a big screen revival or just would be fun for new audiences,” says VTA president & CEO Ken Neufeld. “Finding good quality 35mm prints of films for the Victoria’s 35mm projector can be challenging, but it does give you that authentic pre-digital film experience that is so unique. This year we were able to secure every film in 35mm, which is quite a feat. And, we are introducing a new family weekday matinee with some wonderful, nostalgic family films. Summer at the Victoria Theatre has never been more fun!”
What’s the best part about the 2014 Cool Films Series (besides FREE popcorn and soda)? Tickets are just $6 each ($3 for the Family Matinees) or $35 for a 10-ticket passbook- a great entertainment bargain during a year when a night at the movie theater can cost up to $20 per person! Passes can be used in any combination or across all 16 films!
NEW FAMILY WEEKDAY MATINEE!
Families, youth groups and day campers will enjoy 4 fun films in July! These films are all rated G and shown each Thursday in July at 10 am. Tickets are a steal at $3 with a special treat after the show. Kona Ice will be outside the Victoria Theatre with flavored shaved ice ($3 -$5 apiece).
July 17 – WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY - The beloved fantasy about a poor boy that wins the opportunity to tour the most eccentric and wonderful candy factory on earth in its first film adaptation. Rated G.
July 24 – THE APPLE DUMPLING GANG RIDES AGAIN - Here’s to the comedic genius of Tim Conway and Don Knotts - it never goes out of style! Everything goes awry when these two wannabe outlaws tangle with legendary lawman Wooly Bill Hitchcock. This Disney sequel is considered better than the original-and overflows with hilarious gags. Rated G.
July 31 – BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS - This charming Disney classic is packed full of magic and music-and the incomparable Ms. Lansbury at her best! In England during WWII, three kids spend the summer with an apprentice witch and take a magical adventure on a flying bed. Rated G.
REEL LATE AT THE VIC
Remember coming to the late show back in the day at the Victory (now Victoria)? Well, whether that’s part of your youth or not, join us for three 10:30 p.m. showings of some great late-night film fare.
July 19 – THE TOXIC AVENGER - It’s the 30th anniversary of this comedy horror film about a town called Tromaville that has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when mop boy Melvin Junko falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose. Rated R.
Aug 9 – THE BIG LEBOWSKI - “The Dude abides.” Considered one of the Coen Brothers best, this has become a clever cult classic. A film about a guy named “Dude” Lebowski, who is mistaken to be a millionaire named Lebowski, who seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. Rated R.
Aug 23 – PSYCHO - A classic Hitchcock horror film about a Phoenix secretary who steals $40,000 from her employer’s client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. Not Rated
2014 COOL FILM SERIES
REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE - July 4 – 6
Color, 111 Minutes, 1955 - Directed by Nicholas Ray C Starring James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo
Probably James Dean’s most iconic role. This film is nearing its 60th anniversary but we couldn’t wait to bring it to Victoria’s big screen. A classic drama about a rebellious young man with a troubled pastCand feckless parentsCwho comes to a new town to start fresh, quickly falling inCand outCwith a tough crowd. Rated PG-13.
PILLOW TALK - July 11-13
Color, 98 Minutes, 1959 C Directed by Michael Gordon C Starring Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall
Many consider this the greatest film of Day’s career and Hudson shines in his dual role. Celebrate the 55thanniversary of this stylish romantic comedy about a man and woman who share a telephone “party line” and the romantic role-playing that ensues. Not Rated.
M*A*S*H* - July 18-20
Color, 116 Minutes, 1970 - Directed by Robert Altman - Starring Donald Sutherland, Elliot Gould, Tom Skerritt
Considered one of the top 10 comedy films of all time by the American Film Institute, this iconic0and sardonic-look at life in a Korean War field hospital changed the way war movies are made and enjoyed! Ironically, there is no actual army action, just the human casualties-and the human antics the staff engages in to try to stay sane. Rated R.
THE GOONIES - July 25-27
Color, 114 Minutes, 1985 - Directed by Richard Donner C Starring Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, Ke Huy Quan
Spielberg and Donner, the makers of Indiana Jones, Gremlins and Superman, combined forces to create a family adventure that became an iconic movie for a generation-and it’s still great family entertainment today. A big developer wants to foreclose on a neighborhood to build a huge golf course. But a band of misfit kids is determined to stop them! They set out to discover a pirate treasure that could save the day. Rated PG.
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT - August 1-3
Black and White, 105 Minutes, 1934 - Directed by Frank Capra C Starring Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert
It’s the 80th anniversary of this Capra classic, which claimed four Oscars® at the 1934 Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director). The story is about a spoiled heiress, running away from her family and her fiancé, who is helped by a reporter looking for a great story. Credited as the first “Screwball Comedy,” this delightful romantic comedy features Clark and Colbert at their finest with incredible comedic chemistry. Not Rated.
STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KAHN - August 8-10
Color, 113 Minutes, 1982 - Directed by Nicholas Meyer - Starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Ricardo Montalban
Still considered the fan favorite and BEST Star Trek film of all time! It’s the 23rd century and James T. Kirk’s old foe Khan escapes exile and steals the Genesis Device, a planet-transforming tool that handily doubles as a superweapon. We won’t share any spoilers just in case you haven’t seen this sci-fi action adventure classic! Come in your Star Trekregalia and “boldly go where no one has gone before!” Rated PG.
DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB C August 15-17
Black and White, 94 Minutes, 1964 - Directed by Stanley Kubrick - Starring Peter Sellers, George C. Scott
Can it be 50 years already since the release of this brilliant Kubrick classic, the ultimate black comedy? This satirical masterpiece is about a psychotic strategic air command officer who takes it upon himself to unleash a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union, which in turn will set in motion the Doomsday Machine that will blow up the planet. With three show-stopping performances from Sellers and an unexpectedly hilarious turn by Scott, DR. STRANGELOVE is filled with cartoonish, over-the-top characters that, despite the lunacy, still ring true today. Rated PG.
GROUNDHOG DAY - August 22-24
Color, 101 Minutes, 1993 - Screenplay & Direction by Harold Ramis - Starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott
Our tribute to the comedic genius of Harold Ramis is also one of Bill Murray’s most beloved performances. This perennial and thoughtful comedy is about a bad-attitude weatherman who finds himself living the same day over and over again-until he gets it right. What on the surface is a light-hearted ‘90s comedy shows some amazing depth as we consider what changes and what stays the same. Ramis once said “when you hit it right, those things last.” That certainly rings true with this often underrated gem. Rated PG.
SILK STOCKINGS - August 29-31
Color, 117 Minutes, 1957 -Directed by Rouben Mamoulian - Starring Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse
Known for her cool sex appeal, Cyd Charisse is one of the premier dancing stars of the ‘40s and’ 50s…but she starts this musical version of Ninotchka as an even cooler Soviet spy who gradually warms up to Astaire’s elegant wooing and French champagne. Their chemistry sizzles, turning into an explosion of talent, sophistication and glamour in Astaire’s last great musical role. Not Rated.
Passbooks are on sale now through Ticket Center Stage. They may be purchased at the Schuster Center Box Office in downtown Dayton, by phone at (937) 228-3630 or toll free (888) 228-3630, or online at www.ticketcenterstage.com, click on Victoria Theatre Association, then Cool Films Series. Individual tickets are available day-of-show at the Victoria Theatre Box Office, beginning one hour prior to showtime. Films are shown at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays in the air-conditioned comfort of the Victoria Theatre. Recreating the feel of the old-time movie palaces, guests may enjoy free popcorn and soda in the lobby beginning one hour prior to showtime, a Mighty Wurlitzer organ concert beginning 30 minutes prior to showtime, and a classic cartoon just before the movie.
We’ve got 4 passbooks to give away for summer fun. To enter our drawing, just like this post, fill out the entry form below and tell us why you should win in the comment section below. We’ll announce our winners Sun night.
Great response to this contest! Congrats to our winners: Sara Baker from Monroe, Dan Forshaw of Englewood, Bryan Johnson from Kettering and , Heather Kardeen of Dayton! Have a great time at the movies!