Classic and cult cinema fans in the area will be excited about the return of a vintage film showcase in Gettysburg.
Gettysburg College’s historic Majestic Theater will be bringing back their “Summer Classic Movies” series. The Majestic will be showcasing classic and cult feature films Wed. evenings at 7:30 p.m., beginning on June 7 and will end on Aug. 24.
Each film that will be showcased in the series will have a special on-stage introduction by Jeffrey Gabel, area cinema aficionado and founding executive director of the theater. The Majestic will also have a special raffle prize giveaway during each show.
There’s something for everyone in the theater’s “Summer Classic Movies” showcase, ranging from classic flicks to cult favorites and modern features.
List of films that will be showcased at the Majestic for the 2017 “Summer Classic Movies” series:
June 7: “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” (1964)
Produced by Lawrence Weingarten, directed by Charles Walters. Featuring Debbie Reynolds, Harve Presnell, Hermione Baddeley, Ed Begley, Lauren Gilbert, Harvey Lembeck, Kathryn Card and Hayden Roarke (presented in its original Panavision aspect ratio and in Metrocolor).
June 14: “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968)
Produced by William Castle, directed by Roman Polanksi. Featuring Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Ralph Bellamy, Charles Grodin, Phil Leeds, Maurice Evans, Patsy Kelly and Emmaline Henry. Winner of an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Ruth Gordon).
June 21: “Now, Voyager” (1942)
Produced by Hal B. Wallis, directed by Irving Rapper. Featuring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper, Bonita Granville, Ilka Chase, Lee Patrick, Franklin Pangborn, Mary Wickes and Katherine Alexander. Winner of an Academy Award for Music Score of a Comedy/Dramatic Motion Picture (Max Steiner).
June 28: “The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming” (1966)
Produced and directed by Norman Jewison, featuring Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Jonathan Winters, Andrea Dromm, Alan Arkin, Theodore Bikel, Brian Keith, Paul Ford, John Philip Law and Ben Blue (presented in its original Panavision aspect ratio and in Technicolor). Winner of two Golden Globes (Best Motion Picture/Comedy or Musical and Best Actor/Comedy or Musical for Alan Arkin).
July 5: “The Horse Soldiers” (1959)
Produced by John Lee Mahin and Martin Rackin, directed by John Ford. Featuring John Wayne, Constance Towers, William Holden, Ken Curtis, Denver Pyle and Hoot Gibson.
July 12: “Grease” (1978)
Produced by Alan Carr and Robert Stigwood, directed by Randal Kleiser. Featuring John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Didi Conn, Joan Blondell, Sid Caesar, Eve Arden, Frankie Avalon, Fannie Flagg, Kelly Ward, Edd “Kookie” Byrnes, Annette Charles, Jeff Conaway, Alice Ghostley, the members of “Sha-Na-Na” and Lorenzo Lamas. Based off of the stage musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. Kleiser’s screen musical adaptation won two People’s Choice Awards in 1979 for Favorite Overall Motion Picture and Favorite Musical Motion Picture.
July 19: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986)
Produced and directed by John Hughes. Featuring Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Grey, Alan Ruck, Ben Stein and Mia Sara.
July 26: “A Clockwork Orange” (1971)
Produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. Featuring Malcolm McDowell, Michael Bates, Patrick Magee, Warren Clarke, Adrienne Cori and Clive Francis. Kubrick’s cinematic thriller adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ novel won two New York Film Critics Circle Awards (Best Director for Stanley Kubrick, Best Actor for Malcolm McDowell).
Aug. 2: “The Godfather” (1972)
Produced by Albert S. Ruddy, directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Featuring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Abe Vigoda, James Caan, Talia Shire, Richard Conte, Sterling Hayden, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall, Alex Rocco, Al Martino, Vito Scotti, Sofia Coppola and Carmine Coppola. Francis Ford Coppola’s screen adaptation of Mario Puzo’s novel won three Academy Awards (Best Picture for Albert S. Ruddy, Best Actor in a Leading Role for Marlon Brando and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium for Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo).
Aug. 9: “South Pacific” (1958)
Produced by Buddy Adler, directed by Joshua Logan. Featuring Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr, Ray Walston, Juanita Hall, Russ Brown, France Nuyen, Floyd Simmons, Tom Laughlin, Ron Ely, Doug McClure, Jack Mullaney, Candace Lee and Ken Clark. Adapted from the Broadway stage musical by Logan and Oscar Hammerstein II (according to the official website of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, the stage musical was adapted from James Michener’s Pulitzer-winning novel, “Tales of the South Pacific”). Winner of an Academy Award for Best Sound (Fred Hynes, 1959).
Aug. 16: “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969)
Produced by John Foreman, directed by George Roy Hill. Featuring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Cloris Leachman, Ted Cassidy, Strother Martin, Kenneth Mars, Sam Elliott and Henry Jones. Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Writing (William Goldman), Best Cinematography (Conrad Hall), Best Music/Original Song (Burt Bacharach and Hal David) and Best Music/Original Score (Burt Bacharach).
Aug. 23: “The Shawshank Redemption” (1994, season finale in the Majestic’s classic film showcase)
Produced by Niki Marvin, directed by Frank Darabont. Featuring Morgan Freeman, Tim Robbins, James Whitmore, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown and Gil Bellows. Adapted from Stephen King’s short story, “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption,” which was featured in King’s collection of short novellas, “Different Seasons.”
If you’re in the mood for classic and cult cinema in the area, then this is the perfect opportunity to see a classic film on the big screen Wed. evenings at Gettysburg’s Majestic Theater. I enjoyed last year’s big screen presentation of “The Band Wagon” (1953) at the Majestic back in Aug. 2016! To fellow cinemagoers in the area: I guarantee you will not be disappointed in this year’s offerings for the “Summer Classic Movies” series at Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater! Highly recommended!
Wednesday Nights at 7:30 p.m. from June 7-Aug. 23
25 Carlisle St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Price: $6 per person (Tickets can only be purchased by phone or in person at the theater).
Box Office Hours: Mon.-Sat., Noon-7:30 p.m.
Sun., 1-5:30 p.m.
Note: The Majestic’s box office closes 30 minutes after the start of the performance.