THE FILMS OF STANLEY KUBRICK SERIES
Monthly, July 2014 through August 2015. We are proud to celebrate a new series that will honor the incredible work of legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. The late director’s filmography will be presented one feature at a time, starting in July and running through August 2015. Nominated for 13 Academy Awards, Kubrick was a giant in his craft, and stands as an influence to most filmmakers working today. He was a key member of the New Hollywood movement that saw a group of directors rise to prominence between the 1960s and the 1980s. Kubrick films such as Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Paths of Glory, Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb and The Shining were breakthroughs in their individual genres and established the director as one of the best directors that ever lived. Local artist Zachary Curl will design a poster for each movie. A new poster will debut before each screening and will be available for $10 each at the concession stand.
This adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s novel in which a middle-aged college professor becomes infatuated with a fourteen-year-old nymphet stars James Mason, Shelley Winters, and Peter Sellers. It’s been called “Brilliant and provocative.”
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Midnight, Saturday, December 13 and 27
The Junior Chamber of Commerce Players (JCCP) presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show twice a month at the Hollywood Theater. The JCCP—Pittsburgh’s official Rocky Horror shadow cast—will perform and sell audience participation goodie bags at the door.
A holiday tradition at the Hollywood is White Christmas, the beloved musical starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney. In this 1954 classic, a successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general. You must get breakfast tickets by Thursday, December 21 at the theater or showclix. Movie only tickets are $8 at the door. Movie starts at 11.
Encore screenings of of White Christmas are 7 pm, Sunday, December 21; 7 pm, Tuesday, December 23; and 4 and 7 pm, Wednesday, December 24 (the 4 pm show is $5 all seats).
Silents Please! is the Hollywood’s monthly series that features silent movies with live music by local musicians. In November the movie is Tramp, Tramp, Tramp (1926) starring silent clown Harry Langdon and Joan Crawford, with live accompaniment by Tom Roberts. In the movie, low-life Harry falls in love with sweet Betty who inspires him to improve himself so he can marry her. He enters a $25,000 cross-country hiking contest. After many adventures he wins, pays off his father Amos’s mortgage, and marries Betty.
Jingle Bell Rocks (2014)
7:30 pm, Thursday, December 4
7 pm, Sunday, December 7
7:30 pm, Tuesday, December 9
7:30 pm, Wednesday, December 10
Drusky Entertainment partners with the Hollywood Theater for this new documentary that offers an exclusive backstage pass into the fascinating underground world of alternative Christmas music. It stars The Flaming Lips, Run DMC, John Waters, plus two dozen amazing, little-known, offbeat, and original songs including “Back Door Santa” and “Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern),” as well as profiles of collectors of holiday music.
There will be nightly contests in which three randomly chosen members of the audience will have the chance to dig through hundreds of Christmas LPs in just 20 seconds to pick an album and song. Each of the three songs will be played for that evening’s audience, and the audience will vote for their favorite. The winning pick that night will receive a prize!
It wouldn’t be the holidays without Ralphie and the rest of the Parker family! The Hollywood Theater continues its tradition of screening this 1983 comedy in which young Ralphie has to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect gift. The Sunday screening is $5 all seats and includes a raffle for an original Red Ryder air rifle (just don’t shoot your eye out if you win). In addition, Dale Abraham will play the theater’s organ before the 2:30 pm Sunday screening.
Silents, Please! Is the Hollywood’s monthly series that features silent movies with live music by local musicians. In December, the Hollywood presents a special selection of silent holiday shorts and songs, including There Ain’t No Santa Claus with Charley Chase (1926), Good Cheer (1926) with Our Gang, and Big Business (1929) with Laurel and Hardy accompanied by holiday music on the Hollywood’s Rodgers Organ by Jay Spencer.
7:30 pm, Friday, December 12
7 and 9:30 pm, Saturday, December 13
7:30 pm, Monday and Wednesday, December 15 and 17
In Die Hard (1988) NYPD officer John McClane (Bruce Willis) tries to save his wife and her co-workers after they are taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles. It’s been called “the very pinnacle of the ‘80s action movie, and if it’s not the greatest action movie ever made, then it’s damn close.” Yippee-ki-yay. The Wednesday show is free for Hollywood members.
Stop by the Dormont Firefighter’s Parade for a free family-friendly movie sponsored by North Way Church (located across from the Hollywood). The event includes crafts, photos with live characters, and hot chocolate. We can’t tell you the movie title, but we guarantee the kids will want to sing along. Film screening begins at 11:30 am.
This benefit for the the Western PA Police Athletic League includes pictures with Santa, caroling, games, and a 3:30 pm screening of Polar Express (2004). Directed by Robert Zemeckis and based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg, the animated movie follows a doubting boy who, on Christmas Eve, boards a magical train that’s headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus’ home. $10 donation or a donation of a toy for the toy drive.
Here they come…. Peter, Davy, Micky, and Mike. In this 1968 Bob Rafelson directed movie, the Monkees are tossed about in a psychedelic, surrealist, plotless, circular bit of fun fluff (the film also stars Jack Nicholson). It’s been called “one of the best movies of the 1960s.” In addition to the movie, Pittsburgh’s favorite (read: only) Bubble-Goth band, The Gothees, will be the opening act… dressed as the Monkees. The first 30 lucky folks through the door will also receive an original ‘60s Monkees gum card! Limited edition posters celebrating this event will be for sale in the lobby.
December’s precipitation is generally white snow, but on December 19 a purple rain will fall. That’s right, it’s a Purple Rain Movie Party with prizes, rare Prince art, and the movie Purple Rain (1984) at 8 pm.
Blade Runner (1982)
10 pm, Friday, Dec. 26
9:30 pm, Saturday Dec. 27
7 pm, Sunday & Wednesday, Dec. 28 & 31
Misunderstood when it first hit theaters, the influence of Ridley Scott’s mysterious, neo-noir Blade Runner has deepened with time. A visually remarkable, achingly human sci-fi masterpiece in which a blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. Starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, and Sean Young. This is a new DCP transfer of the film.