Everything is Better in Technicolor

Description

Join us for a summer of richly-hued, dazzling film classics. We are celebrating big screen gems shot or printed by Technicolor, the company that made cinematic colors truly glorious. From musicals to mafia, with some melodrama in between, this series showcases some historic greats. See how Hollywood icons used vibrant and subdued tones to establish scene and story. Catch all the films in order to watch the technology and style evolve!

Special thanks to our series sponsor, The Braddock Group of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC

Schedule

Jul 08

The Wizard of Oz

In this classic musical fantasy, Judy Garland stars as Dorothy Gale, a young Kansas farm girl who dreams of a land "somewhere over the rainbow."

Dorothy's dream comes true when she, her dog, Toto, and her family's house are transported by a tornado to a bright and magical world unlike anything she has seen before. Unfortunately, she makes a mortal enemy of a wicked witch when the house falls on the hag's sister. Now, befriended by a scarecrow without a brain, a tin man with no heart and a cowardly lion--and protected by a pair of enchanted ruby slippers--Dorothy sets off along a yellow brick road for the Emerald City to beseech the all-powerful Wizard of Oz for his help to return home.

$5 tickets are available to children 12 and under.

Directed by Victor Fleming.

Jul 15

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Join us for the film that cemented Marilyn Monroe’s status as a superstar and introduced the world to her iconic rendition of “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” (the lavish number would eventually inspire the music video for Madonna’s “Material Girl”).

Powerhouses Monroe and Jane Russell join forces as a pair of lounge singers looking for love in this playful comedy-musical. Reveling in its stars’ confidence and charisma, the film sends two women on a cruise from New York to Paris aboard a ship with an aging millionaire, private detective, and the entire men’s Olympic Team. A jubilant, winking romp that combines a luscious palate with sultry songs.

Directed by Howard Hawks.

Sweet Cream Co. will be serving special ice creams in our lobby before the screening.

$5 tickets are available to children 12 and under.

Jul 16

Written on the Wind

A summer melodrama par excellence from Douglas Sirk, the Golden Era’s master of lurid color and ruinous obsessions.  

Set on the sweaty Texas estate of oil tycoon Jasper Hadley, Written on the Wind is the story of a blue-collared, golden-hearted geologist Mitch (Hollywood-hunk Rock Hudson) caught in the destructive web of Hadley’s desirous daughter Marylee (Dorothy Malone) and unstable son Kyle (Robert Stack). When a beautiful New Yorker comes to town (Lauren Bacall) and wins Kyle’s hand and Mitch’s heart, desperation and mania boil over.

Directed by Douglas Sirk.

Jul 22

The Birds

An apocalyptic stunner from the Master of Suspense!

Chic socialite and practical joker Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) meets the dashing Mitch Brenner in a city pet shop and follows him to the sleepy coastal hamlet of Bodega Bay.  However, what begins as a romantic rendezvous turns terrifying when birds of all kinds attack the townspeople. Featuring technologically innovative camerawork (particularly “bird’s eye view” shots) and a haunting blend of subdued naturalism and emotional tumult, The Birds is the essential Hitchcock film of the 1960s.

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

Jul 29

Thunderball

A stylish 1960s classic that set the stage for decades of spy thrillers. The most gorgeous Bond film finds 007 (Sean Connery) traveling to the sandy beaches and deep blue waters of the Bahamas to thwart a plot by the nefarious SPECTRE.

The luscious outing was the moment the franchise hit the bigtime — Bond flies a working jetpack, villain Largo threatens enemies with a pool of real sharks, and production sported a crew especially for lavish underwater filming. The film was a box office smash (the era’s biggest hit) and won an Oscar for its stunning visual effects. Dive into the mod must-see that gave an Aston Martin a water cannon and made James Bond a Panavision, Technicolor spectacle for the big screen.

Have the full Bond experience and head to The Whig for a classic martini. $5.50 with proof of THUNDERBALL ticket purchase.

Directed by Terence Young.

Aug 05

The Godfather

Considered by many the greatest film of all time. From its opening line of “I believe in America,” Coppola’s 1970s epic declared itself a definitive tale of loyalty, aspiration, and the American dream.

Featuring career-defining performances from Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as patriarch Vito Corleone and thoughtful son Michael, The Godfather follows the evolution of an Italian-American crime family as they grapple with corruption and betrayal. Often cited as one of the last films ever printed in Technicolor, The Godfather was hailed for its distinctive, naturalistic hues.

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.