The Paramount Theater has unveiled its summer film series schedule for 2019. This year marks 44 years of bringing classic films to Austin for the beloved series, which kicks off May 23 and runs through Aug. 31. Tickets and Film Fan passes are on sale now.
The three-month-long series will feature more than 125 films, from romance and comedy to thrillers and chillers with well-preserved film prints and typically sharp digital restoration. The series once again opens with “Casablanca” on May 23. A "Crazy in Love" theme continues that weekend with“When Harry Met Sally,” “Moonstruck,” “It Happened One Night,” His Girl Friday,” and “My Fair Lady.”
The concurrent Summer Classic Film Series’ Family Film Festival starts with “The Wizard of Oz" on May 25 with screenings to follow of “The Secret Garden,” “The Iron Giant” (20th anniversary), “The Sound of Music,” “The Neverending Story” (35th anniversary) and more.
Each year, the series spotlights a wide variety of beloved movies, many of which are anniversary screenings. Behold such screenings as:
• Epic Sunday Matinee series includes the massive “Seven Samurai,” “Ben-Hur” and “Cleopatra”
• Hot Pursuit for the movies that made “great car chases” its own genre, such as “Bullitt” and “Smokey and the Bandit.”
• The Monsters and Slashers and Scares, Oh My! series will bring “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Gremlins” and “An American Werewolf in London,” among others
• The Play It Again series rocks out with "Selena,” “Purple Rain” and more
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This year will also include a series honoring four movies celebrating their 50th anniversaries in the 1969: 50 Years Later, including “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “Midnight Cowboy.” (Care to guess the other two?)
Genre-skewering comedies get a workout with the You’re Mocking Me, Aren’t You? with such films as “Young Frankenstein,” “Shaun of the Dead,” “This is Spinal Tap” and others.
The series will also feature a Special Event: A Conversation with Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez and Jon Gries presented in partnership with KUTX on July 13, which will start with a 15th anniversary screening of “Napoleon Dynamite” followed by a conversation with three of the film’s stars.
The following day, guests can come experience the wildly popular Martinis & Manicures film events returning July 14 with “Roman Holiday” and “Mamma Mia,” where attendees can enjoy martinis and manicures before the presentations.
Celebrate Father’s Day on June 16 with screenings of “Dr. No” and “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.”
The series will also partner with local film festivals for special screenings, with aGLIFF presents “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” (25th anniversary) on July 20, Cine Las Americas presents “Blancanieves” on July 26 and the Austin Asian American Film Festival presents “The Namesake” on August 5.
Hitchcock Week takes place Aug. 13-18 with screenings of “The Man Who Kew Too Much,” “Strangers on a Train,” “North by Northwest” (60th anniversary), “Rear Window” (65th anniversary) and more, while 70MM Week!! is Aug. 20 to 24 with “Spartacus” and “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
The series closes with “Giant” on Aug. 30 and “Gone with the Wind” (80th anniversary) on Aug. 31.
But look out this fall for An Evening with Bruce Campbell featuring “Army of Darkness” on Oct. 23 with the actor, producer, writer and director in conversation.
To purchase a movie ticket or view the full lineup, go to austintheatre.org/film/classic-film-series.