In the days before shopping malls and multi-screen cineplexes, “movie houses” were the centers of the cinema universe. Columbus residents of a certain age remember when Uptown was Downtown, and the Bradley, Georgia and Liberty Theatres brought big-screen entertainment to the Bi-City area. The Springer Opera House welcomes Hollywood back to the heart of town with their Summer Film Series, an eclectic mix of classics, cult faves and kid-friendly fare. Make a date now to catch these great movies:
“E.T.” (Saturday, June 8 at 2pm) – Steven Spielberg’s classic is a family must-see, just don’t forget the Reese’s Pieces…or the Kleenex.
“Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” (Saturday, June 8 at 7pm) – Clint Eastwood directed this true crime mystery starring John Cusack and Kevin Spacey.
“The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly” (Thursday, June 20 at 7pm) – Another evening with Clint Eastwood, this time as the iconic “Man With No Name.”
“Young Frankenstein” (Friday, June 21 at 7pm) – Want some good laughs? Look no further than this monster movie satire written and directed by comic legend Mel Brooks.
“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (Saturday, June 22 at 2pm) – Gene Wilder turns song-and-dance man in this 1971 favorite for all ages.
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (Saturday, June 22 at 7pm) – Charm, grace, fun and beauty summed up in two words…Audrey Hepburn.
“Raiders of the Lost Ark” (Thursday, July 11 at 7pm) – The ultimate “popcorn” movie. The first (and best) of a record-breaking series.
“The Big Lebowski” (Friday, July 12 at 7pm) – The Dude abides-and always will. Of all the roles played by Jeff Bridges, this is the one most fans remember and love.
“The Princess Bride” (Saturday, July 13 at 2pm) – Feel free to say your favorite lines out loud during the movie. Chances are you won’t be the only one doing it.
“Some Like it Hot” (Saturday, July 13 at 7pm) – Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis doll up in wigs and dresses for fame, fortune…and Marilyn Monroe.
“Rear Window” (Thursday, July 18 at 7pm) – Alfred Hitchcock in top suspenseful form, and Jimmy Stewart in one of his most complex roles.
“The Shining” (Friday, July 19 at 7pm) – Many of Stephen King’s best sellers have hit the big screen, but this is considered the ultimate adaptation.
“The Goonies” (Saturday, July 20 at 2pm) – It’s kids versus monsters in this comedy adventure starring Sean Astin and Josh Brolin.
“Swingers” (Saturday, July 20 at 7pm) – This comic-drama about aspiring actors in L.A. put Vince Vaughn on the map, and phrases like “Vegas, baby” and “wingman” into our slang collection.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for kids 12 and under. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. If you arrive an hour before show times, you can take part in trivia contests for prizes. To find out more, visit www.springeroperahouse.org or call 706-327-3688.