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August 2019

Date: August 6 @ 8:30 pm11:00 pm
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Cinema Under the Stars: “Grease”

Grease (1978) Director: Randal Kleiser Genre: Musical Run Time: 110 minutes Rating: PG Grease, said the poster and the Barry Gibb song, “is the word.” Transferring its setting from Chicago to sunny California, and adding a dash of disco to the ersatz ’50s score, producer Allan Carr and director Randal Kleiser turned this long-running Jim Jacobs–Warren Casey Broadway smash into the biggest blockbuster of 1978. 1950s teens Danny (John Travolta) and Australian transfer Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) spend their “Summer Nights” falling in love, but once fall comes, it’s back to…

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Date: August 13 @ 8:15 pm10:00 pm
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Cinema Under the Stars: “Hairspray”

Hairspray (1988) Director: John Waters Genre: Comedy Run Time: 90 minutes Rating: PG Forever interested in the kitsch built into past eras, director John Waters chooses the TV dance show craze of the early ’60s for his playful focus in Hairspray. Ricki Lake plays Tracy Turnblad, just one of several alliteratively named characters coming of age in 1962 Baltimore, where “The Corny Collins Show” is the most popular American Bandstand-type program, watched by hundreds of young dreamers each day after school. Being chosen to dance on it…

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Date: August 20 @ 8:15 pm10:45 pm
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Cinema Under the Stars: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) Director: John Hughes Genre: Comedy Run Time: 103 minutes Rating: PG-13 Teenaged Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is a legend in his own time thanks to his uncanny skill at cutting classes and getting away with it. Intending to make one last grand duck-out before graduation, Ferris calls in sick, “borrows” a Ferrari, and embarks on a one-day bacchanal through the streets of Chicago. Dogging Ferris’ trail at every turn is high-school principal Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), determined…

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Date: August 27 @ 8:00 pm9:45 pm
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Cinema Under the Stars: “The Three Amigos”

The Three Amigos (1986) Director: John Landis Genre: Comedy Run Time: 103 minutes Rating: PG-13 This slapstick farce features Dusty Bottoms (Chevy Chase), Lucky Day (Steve Martin), and Ned Nederlander (Martin Short), as three silent movie cowboy stars who get the axe from their Hollywood studio. Just at that opportune moment, a woman named Carmen (Patrice Martinez) asks them to come to her forgotten little town south of the border and do some work for her, for a tidy sum. The…

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September 2019

Date: September 24 @ 7:30 pm9:30 pm
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Cinema Under the Stars: “Roll Bounce”

Roll Bounce (2005) Director: Malcom D. Lee Genre: Comedy, Drama Run Time: 112 minutes Rating: PG-13 A handful of inner-city kids move up to the big time in this teen-centric musical. Xavier Smith (Bow Wow), known to his friends as X, is a teenager growing up on the South Side of Chicago in the late ’70s. X and his buddies are the hotshot skaters at the Palisades Gardens, a neighborhood roller rink where local kids roll to the latest disco sounds,…

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October 2019

Date: October 15 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm
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Cinema Under the Stars: “The Goonies”

The Goonies (1985) Director: Richard Donner Genre: Adventure  Run Time: 111 minutes Rating: PG Leonard Maltin wasn’t alone when he noticed similarities between Goonies and the 1934 Our Gang comedy Mama’s Little Pirate. Adapted by Chris Columbus from a story by Steven Spielberg, the film follows a group of misfit kids (including such second-generation Hollywoodites as Josh Brolin and Sean Astin) as they search for buried treasure in a subterranean cavern. Here they cross the path of lady criminal Mama Fratelli (Anne Ramsey) and her outlaw brood. Fortunately, the kids…

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