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First films of Paramount series have 'Last Picture Show' guest

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com

The Paramount Theatre kicks off its 36th annual Summer Classics Series on May 20 with special guest Peter Bogdanovich ("The Last Picture Show," "What's Up, Doc?"), who will present a screening of "Casablanca" and a film of his choosing. (Any guesses?)

The first weekend will feature two movies under the heading "Bogart in Love." They are "Casablanca" and "Sabrina." Back-to-back screenings under the same header are double bills, and one ticket will get you into both shows.

The Texas Film Commission celebrates its 40th anniversary May 24-29 with a host of screenings, including "There Will Be Blood" (May 25), "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (May 26-27) and "Dazed and Confused" (May 28-29).

In addition to the classics you've come to love and expect ("Gone With the Wind," as always, closes the summer), the Paramount has added some intriguing wrinkles, such as on July 27 and 28, when Sam Beam of Iron and Wine presents "Paper Moon" and "The Last Picture Show."

As in the past, the screenings will be offered in category blocks defined by actors (Sidney Poitier, Paul Newman), directors (John Hughes, Alfred Hitchcock) genres (sci-fi, horror), themes (love stories, dystopian futures), anniversary screenings ("Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home," "Aliens") and more.

A few of the many highlights: "Silkwood" (May 24), "Touch of Evil" (May 31-June 1), "City Lights" (June 9-10), "Stir Crazy" (June 23-24), "To Catch a Thief" (July 13-14), "Pickpocket" (Aug. 9-10), "Amarcord" (Aug. 11, 14), "Lawrence of Arabia" (Aug. 26-27) and "The Apartment" (Aug. 29-30).

Individual tickets may be purchased online for $7 or at the Paramount box office for $9. Packages of 10 tickets can be purchased for $50, with $5 of that cost going to the Paramount's Preservation Fund. For more information, visit austintheatre.org/film.