Heights Theater

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Established 1926

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"RBG"

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At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans - until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg 's exceptional life and career.

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NEW DIGITAL RESTORATION

"THE LOST WORLD"

June 24, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
All seats $12.00

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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

This special screening will feature KARL EILERS at the keyboard of the Heights Mighty Wurlitzer!

Forget the cold CGI of modern dinosaur movies, you haven't seen anything until you've witnessed the stop-motion animated beasts from Harry O. Hoyt's 1925 long-lost silent classic THE LOST WORLD. Based on the novel by Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World is the story of the eccentric Professor Challenger, convinced of ancient beasts in Venezuela, who forms an expedition that finds itself trapped on an enormous plateau, surrounded by dinosaurs. Willis O'Brien's special effects are so remarkable that they even fooled Harry Houdini, who believed the creatures to be real.

Originally, the prints for The Lost World were destroyed four years after its initial release so that no one could screen the film in competition with the newly released special effects extravaganza King Kong. Through the efforts of Flicker Alley and Lobster Films, a startling new 2K restoration, involving newly discovered material, was created, and the result is the incredible spectacle you'll see in the Heights Theater on June 24.

DCP courtesy Flicker Alley.


RKO COMEDY CLASSICS

"BRINGING UP BABY"

June 28, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

The very definition of screwball, Howard Hawks' Bringing Up Baby throws loony socialite Susan Vance (Katherine Hepburn) at uptight paleontologist Dr. David Huxley (Cary Grant), who's engaged to be married to someone else. There's a leopard, there's an 'intercostal clavicle', there's Cary in a house dress, Katherine in a torn, bottomless evening gown, and more laughs per frame than just about any movie in Hollywood history. Don't miss this rare 35mm screening

35mm print courtesy The Library of Congress


STARTS FRIDAY JUNE 29

"WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?"

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From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), Won't You Be My Neighbor? takes an intimate look at America's favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.


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"BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI"

July 2, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
ALL SEATS $10.00

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35MM PRESENTATION

David Lean was already well known throughout the world as a director of beautiful and romantic films, typically based on cozy theatrical productions. But he burst onto the scene as a master of the epic with the multiple Academy Award winner THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI. Trapped in a Japanese POW camp in Burma, obsessive British Lieutenant Colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness, in an Oscar-winning role) wants order and a strict adherence to the rule of law, so much so that he is blind to the Japanese commander's request to build the eponymous bridge--an act that Nicholson believes follows the rule of law and will instill discipline on his men, while ignoring the fact that it will help the enemy. Meanwhile, American Commander Shears (William Holden) escapes the same camp, eventually leading a commando force to return and destroy Nicholson's engineering miracle. At once a gorgeous, sweeping epic, director Lean's experience with intimate romances also brings us close to the pain, suffering, and even humor of the men who survive the POW camp. Not to be missed on the big screen!

35mm print courtesy Sony Pictures.


RKO COMEDY CLASSICS

"STAGE DOOR"

July 5, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

The trials and tribulations of a set of Broadway-dreaming young women are in full display in RKO's Stage Door. Katherine Hepburn is stuffy socialite who moves into the Footlight Club, a rooming house for ladies trying to make it on Broadway. There, she runs afoul of Ginger Rogers, a more down-to-earth hoofer who won't take any guff from the nose-in-the-air Hepburn. A hilarious and moving look at following one's dreams to Broadway, Stage Door is a great showcase for the very different styles of acting in Hepburn, Rogers, and newcomers Lucille Ball, Eve Arden and Ann Miller.

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.


RKO COMEDY CLASSICS

"VIVACIOUS LADY"

July 12, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

When timid botany professor (Jimmy Stewart) meets and falls in love and suddenly marries a nightclub singer (Ginger Rogers), he finds himself in a world of trouble back home. Too afraid to announce the news to his domineering father who runs the college and his former fiancee, what can he do but... put his wife into a women's boarding house and pretend she's a new student. The chemistry between Stewart and Rogers is more explosive than a shot glass of nitro glycerin!

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.


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30TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING

"HAIRSPRAY"

July 16, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
ALL SEATS $10.00

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35MM PRESENTATION

Before the smash success of the Broadway musical, Hairspray opened in cinemas in 1988, wowing critics but earning only a modest box office. But its reputation grew and grew to become regarded as one of John Waters' best movies, perhaps his most charming and accessible film. Set in Waters' home town of Baltimore, where "pleasantly plump" Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake in a star turn) auditions and wins a role as a dancer on The Corny Collins Show. This gives her a growing confidence to confront bigoted parents, bad hair, mean upper class girls, quack psychiatrists, and weird high school principals. Featuring Divine's last great role as Tracy's loving mother. Don't miss this rare 35mm screening!

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.


RKO COMEDY CLASSICS

"BACHELOR MOTHER"

July 19, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
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Ginger Rogers is a salesgirl who, seeing an abandoned baby on the steps of an orphanage, picks it up as it's about to fall from the steps. The playboy son of the store's owner sees her, thinks it's her child, and then chaos ensues as he tries to make her keep the child, and at the same time hide it from everyone. Notable for making hay over what was, at the time, a very serious subject (especially in the movies), Bachelor Mother is a sassy, sexy romp that is at turns touching, even as it flaunts convention.

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.


RKO COMEDY CLASSICS

"MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE"

July 26, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
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Examining the drive to the suburbs that exploded after the war, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House sees hapless ad exec James Blandings (Cary Grant), exasperated wife Muriel (Myrna Loy), and their baffled lawyer friend Bill (Melvyn Douglas) as they decide to move from a cramped apartment into a massive colonial home for which they paid way too much money. And which is condemned. And which gets replaced by an even bigger monstrosity that threatens their marriage and their sanity! The mounting financial and structural issues drive this couple into some of the most uproarious escapes of home ownership, trials and tribulations that are sure to reverberate with home owners today as much as they did 70 years ago. Some things just never change!=

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.


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"MOULIN ROUGE"

July 30, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

Loosely based on an Alexandre Dumas novel, inspired by Bollywood and featuring music from Madonna, Cole Porter, Nirvana, David Bowie, Elton John, Labelle, Moulin Rouge! is like no music before or since, an instant classic that has delighted--and confounded--critics and audiences since its arrival in 2001. The story of an English poet at the turn of the last century, slumming in Paris (Ewan McGregor) and trying to write, who falls in with the bohemians... and falls madly in love with the star courtesan of the Moulin Rouge, Satine (Nicole Kidman). This kaleidoscopic fantasy was a box office smash, nominated for eight Academy Awards, and comes to us in a brilliant 35mm print from a private collector. Don't miss this rare screening.


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"THE WIZARD OF OZ"

Aug. 13, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
ALL SEATS $10.00

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35MM TECHNICOLOR DYE-TRANSFER PRINT!!

Like Singin' In The Rain, The Wizard of Oz is one of our most popular events and sells out year after year, which is no surprise because you may never see OZ look so amazing on the big screen than in this rare 35mm TECHNICOLOR DYE TRANSFER presentation!! Has there ever been a more essential piece of movie magic than the journey of Dorothy and Toto? Probably not.

Want to know more about the Technicolor Dye-Transfer process Click here.

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.


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"DOUBLE INDEMNITY"

Aug. 27, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

In the long and storied history of film noir, Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity shines as perhaps its greatest incarnation. Based on the bleak novel by James M. Cain, and adapted by the master crime writer Raymond Chandler, Wilder's story is of an insurance agent (Fred MacMurray) caught in the web of the most fatale of the femme fatales (Barbara Stanwyck) who wants her husband dead, and the double indemnity clause invoked, which doubles the life insurance money. Enter Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson), a dogged insurance inspector, whose instincts and nose for trouble spell doom for the deadly pair.

35mm print courtesy Universal Pictures.


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"BACK TO THE FUTURE"

Sept. 24, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
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What is poor Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) to do when he accidentally lands back in time to the 1950s and his own mother falls in love with him? Try and set her up with his dad, of course! One of the biggest hits of the 80s, and a beloved classic that seems to have stepped out of Hollywood's Golden Era, Back to the Future helped cement Michael J. Fox's stardom, made Crispin Glover's career, turned the clunky DeLorean into a time machine, and forever put the words "flux capacitor" in people's minds.

35mm print courtesy Universal Pictures.


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NEW DIGITAL RESTORATION

"THE OLD DARK HOUSE"

Oct. 8, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
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From classic horror director James Whale (Frankenstein) comes a dark, terrifying... and utterly zany comedy/horror hybrid. Two sets of couples, a husband and wife team and a upper class twit and his chorus girl date, seek shelter in a most grim mansion, staffed by cackling old ladies and a Boris Karloff sporting a giant scar and a menacing look that will send shivers up your spine. Genuinely frightening, The Old Dark House manages to be a send up of the films that made its director famous, while crafting new and exciting methods of gothic horror. Newly restored and rarely seen in cinemas, The Old Dark House is the perfect October treat.

DCP courtesy the Cohen Collection.


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5OTH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING

"ROSEMARY'S BABY"

Oct. 22, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
ALL SEATS $10.00

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In the heart of New York City, in one of its most high-end apartments, lurks an evil that sent filmgoers into a frenzy fifty years ago. Rosemary's Baby captured America's attention in 1968, a horrifying distraction from one of the most turbulent years in our history. The story of Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow), who moves into The Bradford Apartments with her actor husband Guy (John Cassavetes), only to discover a nightmare world of suicide, cults, and Satanism. At once a disturbing look at motherhood and power, Rosemary's Baby is also simply one of the most entertaining scary movies ever made.

DCP courtesy Paramount Pictures.


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"SINGIN' IN THE RAIN"

Nov. 5, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
ALL SEATS $10.00

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35MM PRESENTATION

Singin' In the Rain is one of our most popular events and sells out year after year! Considered by many to be one of the greatest screen musicals of all time, Singin' in the Rain is also a hilarious look at the chaos and turmoil that the switch from silents to talkies cast upon Hollywood in the late 1920's. Plus all that glorious TECHNICOLOR!

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.