I love classic movies. I attribute a lot of this to my parents … most of my childhood was spent listening to ‘oldies’ and watching older movies and reruns of tv shows with them. I was the kid in high school who wrote essays on the Marx Brothers and film noir when it wasn’t that ‘cool’ to do (of course, as the managing editor of my high school newsmagazine, I could torture the rest of the school with whatever topics I wanted).
Cleveland’s a hotbed for a classic movie fan like me. Throughout the year Clevelanders have the opportunity to watch a variety of film gems somewhere else besides Turner Classic Movies or AMC. I’ve written about a couple of these events before, such as Cinema at the Square last summer or when Scott and I saw Pink Panther at the Capitol. However, because there are a number of amazing viewings coming up this week and throughout the next couple of months, it’s worth a new post.
If you’re a fellow classic movie fan, read on. And if you have any other film events you’d like to clue me into, leave a comment!
Melt Bar & Grilled Late Shift: M*A*S*H* (Saturday, January 15)
M*A*S*H*, Robert Altman’s Oscar-nominated Korean War comedy, is the latest installment in Melt’s popular Late Shift series with Cleveland Cinemas. The film that spawned one of the most successful sitcoms of all time will be showing at the Gordon Square Arts District’s Capitol Theatre this Saturday, January 15 from 12 am – 3 am. In honor of the movie, guests have a chance to win a pair of surgical gloves.
Sunday Classic Movie and Brunch Series: Maltese Falcon (Sunday, January 16)
You can catch more classic films at the historic Capitol Theatre with their ‘Sunday Classic Movies & Brunch’ series. It’s a lovely way to spend your Sunday morning and another great example of local businesses partnering together. This Sunday, January 16th, the Capitol is showing Maltese Falcon. The John Huston-directed mystery starring Humphrey Bogart starts at 10 am and tickets cost only $5. After the movie, LUXE, Latitude 41n and Reddstone offer special discounts for ticketholders.
Audrey Hepburn: Sophisticated Lady (January 15 – February 27)
The Audrey Hepburn: Sophisticated Lady series starts this Saturday at the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Cinematheque. If you’ve been to my house and seen my Audrey Hepburn film, artwork and book collection, you’ll know she’s hands down my favorite classic actress. She’s an icon not just because of her films, but also because of how she conducted herself in life – graceful, elegant, sincere and a dedicated humanitarian.
The film series will run through January and February as the Cinematheque shows 7 of her films: Roman Holiday, Sabrina, Funny Face, Charade, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Two for the Road, and Wait until Dark. All are being projected from film prints – not blu ray or dvd. It’s a new film each Saturday at 5:15 pm, and 6 of the 7 movies will be shown that Sunday as well (the complete schedule is at the link above).
This Saturday and Sunday, they’ll be showing Roman Holiday – Hepburn’s first and one of my favorites. Before the Saturday presentation, Marcie Goodman, Executive Director of the Cleveland International Film Festival and a longtime Hepburn fan, will introduce the movie.
You know I’ll be there!