The Paramount Theatre celebrates its 100th birthday this year and the Summer Classic Film Series marks 40 years of bringing classic films to Austin movie fans and fans-to-be.
To that end, the Paramount and State are screening 100 beloved films big screens of the Paramount and Stateside Theatres, in both digital restorations to 35mm prints. All films screening at the Paramount are in 35mm, and all films at the Stateside are in digital HD.
Online advance admission and regular admission $12. Check out becoming a Film Fan (which drops the price of admission to $7 ) or getting a “Flix-tix” book of 10 admissions for $60 (these tickets expire Sept. 6.) Tickets are on sale now.
A few special events and personal highlights:
May 22: Opening Night! At 6pm, Film Fan members get an opening Night Party with free beer, wine and popcorn and free admission to “Casablanca.”
May 23: Family Film Festival Preview: “The Iron Giant” (The Family Film Festival kicks off July 11.)
June 2: An Evening with Richard Linklater, wherein Austin writer/director Richard Linklater presents his oddly underknown “Me And Orson Welles.” Admission is free to the public, a Q&A will follow.
June 3: Paramount Premieres: Here are screenings of two movies that have celebrated their world premieres at the Paramount. “Batman: The Movie” (the 1966 version) and “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” (no, this is not a double bill).
June 23 to June 26: Charmers and Con Artists series with “Elmer Gantry,” “Sweet Smell of Success,” “The Hustler” and “The Sting.”
June 30 to July 3: All Coen Brothers, all the time with “True Grit,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” “Raising Arizona” and “The Big Lebowski”
July 7 to July 12: So Funny It’s Scary with “Fright Night,” Roman Polanski’s awesome-named “The Fearless Vamipre Killers,” “Topper,” “Beetlejuice,” “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and “Ghostbusters.”
July 16: Singer-songwriter Sam Beam (who no longer lives in Austin), d.b.a. Iron and Wine presents Texas filmmaker Robert Benton’s underseen “The Late Show”
July 19: “The Grim Game,” a newly restored 1919 silent film starring Harry Houdini, with live musical accompaniment from Reuel Meditz.
July 28 to Aug. 2: Ensembles Week highlights films with wall-to-wall killer casts, including “Grand Hotel, UT graduate Wes Anderson’s “The Royal Tenenbaums,” One-time Austin hanger-on Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction,” John Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club,” up-coming “Star Wars VII” scribe Lawrence Kasdan’s “The Big Chill” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s still-amazing “Boogie Nights.”
Aug. 9: Part of the weekly Family Film Festival, one ticket gets you into all three “Back to the Future” movies: the original, “Part II” and “Part III” – Sun, Aug 9
Aug. 18 to Aug. 23: Hitchcock Festival with “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “Shadow of a Doubt” (a personal favorite!), “Jamaica Inn,” “Spellbound,” “To Catch a Thief,” “Dial M for Murder” “North by Northwest” and “Rear Window”
Aug. 25 to Aug. 30: 70mm Festival with “Vertigo, “2001: A Space Odyssey” (thank you for not getting stoned in the theater) and “Lawrence of Arabia.”
Sept 1 to Sept. 4: A collection of “The Early, Funny Ones,” four of Woody Allen’s earliest movies including “Take the Money and Run,” “Bananas,” “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex *But Were Afraid to Ask” and “Sleeper.”
(I would like to object, mildly, to the absence of his 1966 film “What’s Up, Tiger Lilly,” in which Allen overdubs the dialogue in 1965 the Japanese James Bond parody “International Secret Police: Key of Keys” and makes the movie about the world’s greatest egg salad recipe. Features the amazing line “I don’t want to be embalmed. I want to be stuffed with crab meat.” Perfect for everyone’s inner 14-year old.)
Sept. 5 and Sept. 6: Closing night: At 6pm Sept.5, Film Fan members will be treated to a closing night party with free beer, wine and popcorn and free admission to the 7 p.m. Saturday screening of “Gone With The Wind.”
The Paramount Theatre will host a free 80th anniversary screening of the Marx Brothers’ “A Night at the Opera” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1.
As many of you know, “A Night” is considered to be one of the best Marx Brothers films, and its screening is part of a yearlong series of events being hosted by the Paramount to celebrate the theater’s 100th birthday.
The evening will be hosted by Austin comedian Mike MacRae, who will be a part of the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the film starting an hour later.