Heights Theater

The Twin Cities classic cinema experience

Established 1926

Now Showing
MARCH 24 - 29

THE MESPIES FILM FESTIVAL

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The Mespies are a celebration of ambitious, innovative, courageous independent cinema. With a balanced mix of local and international shorts, features, and documentaries, the Mespies aims to encourage production in Minnesota and nurture international connections.

Hosted by local film studio Cineapolis.

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"THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE"

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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Based upon the best selling novel, The Zookeeper's Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the 1939 German invasion of Poland and occupation.


"HAROLD AND MAUDE"

April 10, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Hal Ashby's poignant black comedy about anti social Harold and his geriatric girlfriend Maude has to be one of the classic misfit love stories of all time. Harold and Maude was a true cult film phenomena in it's day running a record 2 years at the (now closed) Westgate Theater in Minneapolis, and it is not to be missed on the big screen.

DCP courtesy Paramount Pictures.


ONE OF OUR MOST POPULAR EVENTS RETURNS!

"THE FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL"

April 20, 2017, 8 p.m.
All seats $12.00

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Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher (Late Show with David Letterman) return to The Heights with an all-new edition of the Found Footage Festival, featuring newly unearthed VHS gems found at thrift stores across the country. Highlights include: -A collection of satanic panic videos from the 80s, including The Law Enforcement Guide to Satanic Cults -Outtakes and on-air bloopers from over ten years of North Dakota local news -A star-studded Desert Storm parade sponsored by Taco Bell -Highlights from David Letterman's Video Collection, inherited by the Found Footage Festival when Dave retired


"YOU'LL LIKE MY MOTHER"

April 24, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
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DIGITAL PRESENTATION

Presented by THE HEIGHTS THEATER, REDISCOVER MOVIES & GLENSHEEN THE HISTORIC CONGDON ESTATE!

To Glensheen devotes and local cinema buffs this Gothic old dark house suspense film is a must see. Shot completely on location in Duluth in the winter of 1971, You'll Like My Mother stars Patty Duke and a very sinister Richard Thomas (John Boy from the Waltons) but the real star of this film is the glorious Glensheen Mansion. Don't miss this super RARE chance to see Glensheen as it was when Elisabeth Congdon still lived there Digitally restored and on our big screen.

This screening will also include: A special presentation and tour giveaway by Glensheen representative Jane Pederson. Special Organ concert by Ed Copland at the keyboard of the Heights Mighty Wurlitzer!

Digital presentation courtesy Universal Pictures.


HEIGHTS CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

"THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS"

May 15, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

75TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING

Despite being cut by over 40 minutes without Welles' permission, The Magnificent Ambersons is still one of the masterpieces of Cinema and perhaps Orson Welles greatest film. Based upon booth Tarkington's 1918 novel, The Magnificent Ambersons tells the poignant multi generational story of a spoiled young heir (Tim Holt) to a decaying family fortune who comes between his widowed mother (Dolores Costello) and the man she has always loved (Joesph Cotten). This is not to be missed on the big screen in 35mm!

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.


HEIGHTS CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

"BLOCK-HEADS" - LAUREL & HARDY COMEDY FESTIVAL

June 4, 2017, 1 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

Join us for an outrageously funny afternoon starring one of the greatest comedy teams of all time - LAUREL AND HARDY! Unaware that the Great War has ended, Stan (Stan Laurel) remains faithfully at his post -- until he shoots down a private plane, and discovers the war has been over for 20 years. Delighted to learn that Stan is alive, his best friend Ollie (Oliver Hardy) rescues him from the Soldiers' Home and takes him to meet his wife. This classic comedy is not to be missed in a packed theater on the big screen.

This special screening will also include the following Hal Roach short comedies: COME CLEAN (1931) with Laurel and Hardy. YOUNG IRONSIDES (1932) with Charley Chase.

35mm prints courtesy The Library of Congress.


HEIGHTS CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

"FLYING DOWN TO RIO"

June 5, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

Flying Down To Rio, The film that introduced Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to the world, is also an over the top pre-code extravaganza. Romantic entanglements and problems ensue as a band leader (Gene Raymond) falls for a brazilian beauty (Dolores Del Rio) who is already promised to another back home. But the real attraction here is Astaire & Rogers dancing The Carioca, lots of sexual innuendo, and the RKO special effects department on steroids musical finale staged on the wings of flying airplanes!

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.


HEIGHTS CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

"SINGIN' IN THE RAIN"

June 19, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
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Digital Cinema Presentation

65TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING

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!

DCP courtesy Warner Bros.


HEIGHTS CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

"SO THIS IS PARIS"

June 25, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

The Lubitsch touch is clearly evident in this sophisticated comedy about two women dreaming of someone more exciting than their own lackluster spouse. When each woman happens across the other's husband, and begins her dream affair, things get complicated and hilarious in this roaring 20's sex farce. This special screening will also feature a live accompaniment on the Heights Mighty Wurlitzer!

35mm print courtesy The Library of Congress.


HEIGHTS CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

BONNIE AND CLYDE

July 10, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION.

50TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING

"They're young... they're in love... and they kill people." Disdained by stuffy film critics, at first a financial failure until it was embraced by countercultural writers like Pauline Kael, Bonnie and Clyde became a box office smash which launched the New Hollywood. Setting aside its startling violence (even by today's standards), the film is a brilliant look at how the Depression turned good people into common criminals, and common criminals into heroes. Director Arthur Penn borrowed a variety of silent and gangster-era film styles to capture the era, and Beatty and Dunaway have never been better, aided by a superb supporting cast that includes a very young Gene Hackman and Estelle Parsons, who won Best Supporting Actress.

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.


HEIGHTS CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

"A HARD DAYS NIGHT"

July 24, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Originally planned by United Artists to be a quickie B movie to cash in on The Beatles popularity. A Hard Days Night emerged as a boldly contemporary rock n' roll comedy unleashing the fledgling Beatles into a maelstrom of screaming fans, paranoid producers, rabid press and troublesome family members. Maybe one of the greatest rock and roll movies ever made?

DCP courtesy Janus Films.


HEIGHTS CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

"THE WIZARD OF OZ"

Aug. 7, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
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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.

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35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.


HEIGHTS CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

"CASABLANCA"

Aug. 21, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

75TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING

75 years ago, of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, Ilsa walked into Rick's, captivating moviegoers still reeling from America's sudden entry into World War II. A picture studded with the best stars and character actors, witty and memorable lines, a crowd pleaser in absolutely the best sense the term, Casablanca is a masterpiece by almost every standard. Not to be missed on the big screen in 35mm!

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.


HEIGHTS CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

"PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE"

Sept. 25, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

Tim Burton's first (and some say best) movie, this crazy road movie tells the tale of eccentric man-child Pee-Wee Herman who's beloved bike is stolen in broad daylight, which propels him across the U.S. on the adventure of his life. Be sure and tell 'em Large Marge sent ya!

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.


HEIGHTS CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

"SUNSET BOULEVARD"

Oct. 9, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

Wilder's poison-pen letter to Hollywood is as acrid a noir as was ever committed to celluloid. When down-on-his-luck screenwriter Joe Gillis (Holden) falls in with aging silent film queen Norma Desmond (Swanson, in an iconic performance), he finds himself plunged into a world of despair and betrayal.

35mm print courtesy Paramount Pictures.


HEIGHTS CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

"SOME LIKE IT HOT"

Oct. 23, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

When desperate musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago, they've got to get out of town, and fast. But without any money, what can they do except, well, dress like women and join an all-girls band bound for sunny Florida? The cross-dressing duo find themselves in the same resort as the gangster who order the murders, but that's not the least of their troubles: Joe/Josephine is in love with Marilyn Monroe's "Sugar" and Jerry/Daphne's got a suitor in Osgood Fielding III, a man who won't take no for an answer. This groundbreaking comedy feels ahead of its time even in the 21st Century.

35mm print courtesy Park Circus.


HEIGHTS CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

"THE TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSE"

Nov. 6, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
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DIGITAL PRESENTATION

Horrified at the rise of the Nazis, director Fritz Lang created what may be the only anti-Fascist noir in history, a devastating supernatural crime film that suggests that evil is a spiritual force that can take over entire societies. Using actual guns and explosives on the set, both to create realistic sound effects and to induce his cast to a state of near panic, and taking actual quotes from the Nazis to put in the mouths of his antagonists, Lang created a film of almost perverse anxiety, a fever pitch of sound and visual design that will leave viewers both entertained, amazed, and alarmed at its parallels to modern day society.

Digital courtesy Janus Films.