Monthly Classic Film Series

FEBRUARY 25th, 3 & 7 pm - CASABLANCA "Here's looking at you, kid!"
This film won the 1944 Academy Award for Best Picture... and more! It tops the American Film Institute's list of the 100 greatest love stories of all time. Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Peter Lorre, Claude Rains and Sydney Greenstreet appear in this romantic classic.

It's WWII and Europeans fleeing the Nazis pass through Casablanca, Morocco. Rick's CafÈ Americain is the crossroads where resistance leaders, crooks, Nazis and former lovers meet-until a German-French sing-off closes it down. One of the most famous lines attributed to it -"Play it again, Sam." was never actually uttered in the film! You will regret it if you miss this! "Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life."

MARCH 23rd, 7 pm - THE STING "...all it takes is a little Confidence"
This 1973 Paul Newman / Robert Redford crime comedy won 7 Academy Awards (1974), including best picture, best director, best screenplay and one to Marvin Hamlisch for best music (adaptations of Scott Joplin's ragtime, including The Entertainer).

Redford and Newman play 2 con artists scheming to pull off the big con (a "sting") against mob boss Doyle Lonnegan (Shaw). The action takes place in 1936 Chicagoland as they hatch a complicated & artful ruse with a talented crew of other grifters who want a piece of the action against Lonnegan.

Join us to see (or remember) why this film was a smash hit when it was release and is still rated as one of the top 100 fan favorites!

APRIL 28th, 2:30 PM & 6:30 PM - MARX BROTHERS "I could dance with you until the cows come home. On second thought, I'd rather dance with the cows till you come home."
Celebrate your funny bone this April with a double-dose of the zany Marx Brothers. In the opener, Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho) is appointed the president of the small country of Freedonia. Whacky chaos follows as Firefly simultaneously vies for the attention of his matronly patron, Mrs. Teasdale (the inimitable Margaret Dumont), rules Freedonia with his irreverent sense of humor, and endures encounters with inept spies (Chico & Harpo) from neighboring Sylvania. *This* is classic Marx Brothers! (And Zeppo's, last film appearance with his brothers.)

In the closer, Groucho, Chico and Harpo invade the opera, once again joined by arts patron Mrs. Claypool (Margaret Dumont). The mayhem travels from Italy to New York where classic Marx Brothers zaniness follows them onboard ship, including the famous crowded stateroom scene.

MAY 19th, 2:30 PM & 6:30 PM - PATTON "Now I want you to remember that no b@$!%* ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb b@$!%* die for his country."
Observe Armed Forces Day. George C. Scott plays General George S. Patton Jr., and Karl Malden plays General Omar N. Bradley in this 1970 war classic that won 7 Academy Awards, including best picture and best actor. This film chronicles the life of General Patton during World War II from its famous opening scene in front of Old Glory to the fall of the Third Reich.

Due to the subject matter of this film, parent may want to refer to IMDB Parents' Guide for this film.

JUNE 22nd, 7 PM only - AMERICAN GRAFITTI "Where were you in '62?"
In a fitting film for graduation time, follow this coming of age story of four high school grads and their friends on their last night before leaving for college. Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfus, Harrison Ford, Mackenzie Phillips, Wolfman Jack and even Suzanne Somers (watch carefully) appear in this 1973 film that may have inspired the TV hit "Happy Days".

JULY 6th, 9 pm - Movies in the Park
Join us in Wiswall Park, downtown Ballston Spa, for an outdoor family movie.

SEPTEMBER 22nd, 6:45 PM only - GREASE "Oh, those summer nights" - then it's back to school!
The Monthly Classic Film Series returns with this fun 1978 musical. Danny is a greaser. Sandy is Australian. They fall in love during what they think is just a summer fling, then find themselves both at Rydell High. Remember, "Summer Nights", "You're the One That I Want", "Hopelessly Devoted to You"? (You're singing one of those in your head right now, aren’t you?)

OCTOBER 6th*, 6:45 PM only - THE WAY WE WERE "Streisand and Redford together!!"
This is the weekend of the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association's annual "The Way We Were" car show. You can expect a movie that is very closely aligned with this theme. What better film to show than one with scenes that were actually shot in downtown Ballston Spa with Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand and many locals as extras.
*rain date October 13th if the car show is postponed.

NOVEMBER 10th, 6:45 PM - MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON An election year special
Regardless of the outcome of the November elections in 2012, this 1939 Frank Capra classic starring James Stewart is sure to inspire you. An idealistic Mr. Smith (Stewart) is sent to Washington and discovers a less than ideal state of affairs there. "Romance, drama, laughter and heartbreak... created out of the very heart and soil of America... by a great director and cast!" Nominated for 11 Academy Awards! He went to Washington. You should go to the movies!

DECEMBER 8th, 2 PM & 6:45 PM - MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET Capture the spirit of Christmas with this timeless classic!
Could the Kris Kringle at Macy's 34th Street department store be the real Santa Claus? Will it take a miracle to find out? This is the original 1947, Academy Award winning film starring Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle, Maureen O'Hara as the Macy's manager who hired him, and a very young Natalie Wood as the child struggling to believe.

The 2 pm showing will feature the colorized version while the 6:45 pm showing will be the original b&w version. Watch them both and decide which you like best!

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