Written by Jack McCarthy
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 00:00
Aurora's Paramount Theatre continues to celebrate its origins as a spectacular, 1920s art deco movie palace with its ongoing Classic Movie Mondays film series.
From the Paramount's gigantic screen, perfect acoustics, and crystal clear digital projector, to the popcorn and full-service bar, Classic Movie Mondays offers a unique - and affordable - night out in a truly fantastic setting with only a $1 admission fee.
Each Monday of the month carries a different theme: Horror (1st Monday), Comedy (2nd Monday), Romance (3rd Monday) and Action/Adventure (4th Monday).
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The movie starts promptly at 7 p.m., with no delay due to trailers. The Paramount Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Aurora at 23 E. Galena Blvd.
In honor of Black History Month, the first 100 patrons will receive one free popcorn and one free soda at every Classic Movie Monday in February, compliments of the African American Heritage Advisory Board.
Here is the schedule of upcoming movies through June 2013:
Jan. 21: Casablanca, 1942
Set in World War II, an American man residing in Africa must choose between pursuing a former lover or helping her husband escape Casablanca. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid. Directed by Michael Curtiz. Rated PG. 102 minutes.
Jan. 28: Stand By Me, 1986
Four young friends take a journey to look for the body of a missing boy and consequently discover deeper meaning to their friendships. Starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix and Corey Feldman. Directed by Rob Reiner. Rated R. 89 minutes.
Feb. 4: The Wiz, 1978
Dorothy Gayle is an introverted school teacher from New York who's taken away in a violent snowstorm to the magical Land of Oz where she meets the Scarecrow, Tinman and Cowardly Lion. It's a modernized, urban rendition of the hit musical full of singing and dancing "New York style." Starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Nipsey Russell. Directed by Sidney Lumet. Rated G. 134 min. One free popcorn and one free soda to first 100 patrons, compliments of the African American Heritage Advisory Board in honor of Black History Month.
Feb. 11: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, 1967
An interracial couple's love is tested as they surprise their parents and are met with disapproval from both sides. It's with the power of love that they convince their families to accept their decision and fight past the stigmas and racism of the time. Starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn and Katharine Houghton. Directed by Stanley Kramer. Unrated. 108 minutes. One free popcorn and one free soda to first 100 patrons, compliments of the African American Heritage Advisory Board in honor of Black History Month.
Feb. 18: Glory, 1989
Set during the American Civil War, commanding officer Robert Gould Shaw leads the first-ever all African American army to fight against not only the Confederate troops but the unrelenting prejudices of the 1800s. Starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington and Cary Elwes. Directed by Edward Zwick. Rated R. 122 minutes. One free popcorn and one free soda to first 100 patrons, compliments of the African American Heritage Advisory Board in honor of Black History Month.
Feb. 25: Car Wash, 1976
Set at a Los Angeles car wash, a group of multiracial, close-knit employees are visited by bizarre strangers including a flamboyant money-hungry preacher, a panic-stricken wealthy woman and a supposed "pop bottle bomber" on the run from police. This comedy, originally thought of as a musical, is ahead of its time in the direct depiction of the African American working class. Starring Richard Pryor, Franklin Ajaye and Darrow Igus. Directed by Michael Schultz. Rated PG. 97 minutes. One free popcorn and one free soda to first 100 patrons, compliments of the African American Heritage Advisory Board in honor of Black History Month.
March 11: American Graffiti, 1974
With the pressure of college looming, a few recent graduates forget about their troubles for one night and cruise down the strip. It's an amusing night of love, heartbreak, adventure and life-changing decisions. Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard and Paul Le Mat. Directed by George Lucas. Rated PG. 112 minutes.
March 18: The Sound of Music, 1965
After failing to become a nun, Maria is sent to care for seven children of a retired Navy captain. Based on the classic Broadway Musical, this 1965 film embraces the true power of song. Starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and Eleanor Parker. Directed by Robert Wise. Rated G. 174 minutes.
March 25: The Wizard of Oz, 1939
After being swept away by a tornado, Dorothy Gayle is met in the land of Oz by the Scarecrow, Tinman and Cowardly Lion. To help Dorothy find her way home, they all follow the yellow brick road to the see the Wizard of Oz while running away from the Wicked Witch of the West. Starring Judy Garland, Frank Morgan and Ray Bolger. Directed by Victor Fleming. Rated G. 101 minutes.
Apr. 1: Planet of the Apes, 1968
Astronaut Taylor crash lands on a distant planet ruled by apes who use a primitive race of humans for experimentation and sport. Soon Taylor finds himself among the hunted, his life in the hands of a benevolent chimpanzee scientist. Starring Charlton Heston, Kim Novak and Roddy McDowell. Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. Rated G. 112 minutes.
Apr. 8: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, 1971
A poor boy wins the opportunity to tour the most eccentric and wonderful candy factory of all. Starring Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson and Peter Ostrum. Directed by Mel Stuart. Rated G. 100 minutes.
April 15: An Affair to Remember, 1957
A couple falls in love and agrees to meet in six months at the Empire State Building - but will it happen? Starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. Directed by Leo McCarey. Not rated. 119 minutes.
April 22: Peter Pan, 2003
The Darling family children receive a visit from Peter Pan, who takes them to Never Never Land where an ongoing war with the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place. Starring Jeremy Sumpter, Jason Isaacs and Olivia Williams. Directed by P.J. Hogan. Rated PG. 113 minutes.
April 29: To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice. Starring Gregory Peck, John Megna and Frank Overton. Directed by Robert Mulligan. Not rated. 129 minutes.
May 6: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 1977
After an encounter with UFOs, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen. Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Francois Trufaut and Teri Garr. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Rated PG. 132 minutes.
May 13: Animal House, 1978
At a 1962 college, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those troublemakers have other plans for him. Starring John Belushi, Karen Allen and Tom Hulce. Directed by John Landis. Rated R. 109 minutes.
May 20: The Breakfast Club, 1985
Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. Starring Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson and Molly Ringwald. Directed by John Hughes. Rated R. 97 minutes.
May 27: Labyrinth, 1986
15-year-old Sarah accidentally wishes her baby half-brother, Toby, away to the Goblin King Jareth who will keep Toby if Sarah does not complete his Labyrinth in 13 hours. Starring David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly and Toby Froud. Directed by Jim Henson. Rated PG. 101 minutes.
June 3: Christine, 1983
A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own, and his nature starts to change to reflect it.Starring Keith Gordon, John Stockwell and Alexandra Paul. Directed by John Carpenter. Rated R. 110 minutes.
June 10: The Princess Bride, 1987
A classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing (as read by a kindly grandfather). Starring Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin and Robin Wright. Directed by Rob Reiner. Rated PG. 98 minutes.
June 17:Ghost, 1990
After being killed during a botched mugging, a man's love for his partner enables him to remain on earth as a ghost. Starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg. Directed by Jerry Zucker. Rated PG-13. 127 minutes.
June 24: Goonies, 1985
A group of kids embark on a wild adventure after finding a pirate treasure map. Starring Sean Astin, Josh Brolin and Jeff Cohen. Directed by Richard Donner. Rated PG. 114 minutes.
For more information about Paramount's Classic Movie Mondays series, go to ParamountAurora.com and look under the "Tickets" section or call the box office at (630) 896-6666.
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