Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Summer of classics, with Hepburn, Monroe, Bogey, Grant and more!

The Ambler and County Theaters offer up a summer-long selection of vintage Hollywood gems -- roamnces, thrillers, musicals, sci-fi, westerns -- and it's FREE for 18-and-unders!

Summer of classics, with Hepburn, Monroe, Bogey, Grant and more!

The folks at the County Theater in Doylestown and the Ambler Theater in, yes, Ambler, have a great vintage Hollywood program in store for the summer weeks. And even greater: it’s free to anyone under 18.

“Hollywood Classics” is inarguably just that, kicking off on Tuesday the 15th (at the County) and Thursday (the 17th) at the Ambler with Sabrina, Billy Wilder’s smart and sophisticated 1954 romance, starring Humphrey Bogart, William Holden and Audrey Hepburn in the title role.
Hepburn also stars in the second week’s entry, Roman Holiday, in her Oscar-winning turn as a cloistered princess who goes AWOL, and FIL (falls in love), with an American newsman (Gregory Peck). William Wyler directed the '53 gem.
The idea behind the under-18-for-free deal is to get families to see these films in a theater together, and to introduce a new generation to the work of Alfred Hitchcock and John Ford, David Lean and Vincent Minnelli, and to be illuminated by the star wattage of Marilyn Monroe, Gene Kelly, John Wayne and Peter O’Toole.  Cool.
Here’s the rest of the lineup through the summer. Details can be had at the County and Ambler websites.
SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959) County: June 29 – Ambler: July 1
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951) County: July 6 – Ambler: July 8
THE THIN MAN (1934) County: July 13 – Ambler: July 15
NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959) County: July 20 – Ambler: July 22
STAGECOACH (1939) County: July 27 – Ambler: July 29
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951) County: Aug 3 – Ambler: Aug 5
LAURA (1944) County: Aug 10 – Ambler: Ambler: Aug 12
STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951) County: Aug 17 – Ambler: Aug 19
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962) County: Aug 29 and Aug 31 – Ambler: Sept 2
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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

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