Heights Theater

The Twin Cities classic cinema experience

Established 1926

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STARTS FRIDAY MAY 22

"FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD"

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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.


IN GLORIOUS TECHNICOLOR: 100 YEARS OF LUXURIANT CINEMA!

"THE TRAIL OF THE LONESOME PINE"

May 26, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION.

This poetic tale of two sheltered mountain families stars the very young Henry Fonda and Fred MacMurray, playing two men, caught in a Hatfield-McCoy style feud, who fall in love with the same woman, played by the wonderful Sylvia Sidney. Filled with breathtaking Technicolor photography, this poignant film is one you will not soon forget! Trail of the Lonesome Pine was the second full length feature shot in the new three strip Technicolor process and the first to be filmed outdoors on location in California's sprawling San Bernardino Mountains.

To be screened with the 1934 Technicolor short film "SERVICE WITH A SMILE".

Trail of the Lonesome Pine 35mm print courtesy Universal Pictures. Service With A Smile 35mm print courtesy Library of Congress.

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KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON: WWII FILMS FROM THE HOME FRONT

"MRS. MINIVER"

May 28, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

This simple tale of the eponymous housewife who sees her modest life upended by World War II took Britain, and America, by storm. Winner of six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actress for Garson

Presented by The Heights Theater and The Trylon Microcinema. 35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.


KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON: WWII FILMS FROM THE HOME FRONT

"THE MORE THE MERRIER"

June 4, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

This surprisingly touching comedy about the housing crisis in Washington, D.C. throws two young lovers--McCrea and Arthur--together. Perfectly capturing the mad chaos that was the home front in America, The More the Merrier is an underrated classic.

Presented by The Heights Theater and The Trylon Microcinema. 35mm print courtesy Sony Pictures.


KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON: WWII FILMS FROM THE HOME FRONT

IN GLORIOUS TECHNICOLOR: 100 YEARS OF LUXURIANT CINEMA SCREENING!

"ANCHORS AWEIGH"

June 11, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

Sailors on leave in Los Angeles hope to find love and laughs before facing the Pacific War. This effervescent musical was the perfect tonic to a country fatigued by four years of battle.

Presented by The Heights Theater and The Trylon Microcinema. 35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.


HEIGHTS SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS

35MM PRINT FROM THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS!

"SPARROWS"

June 14, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
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Accompanied by KARL EILERS at the keyboard of the Heights Mighty Wurlitzer!

Mary Pickford, widely regarded as one of the greatest actresses of the silent screen (and certainly its most popular), stars in Sparrows, an intense melodrama that is not to be missed. Here she plays a young girl named Molly, trapped in a "baby farm"--a horrible private orphanage deep in the Louisiana swamps, surrounded by alligators. For the hungry, frightened children, Molly is all that stands between a short life in the swamps, or freedom in the arms of loving parents.


IN GLORIOUS TECHNICOLOR: 100 YEARS OF LUXURIANT CINEMA!

"SUMMER STOCK"

June 16, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION.

When Abigail (Gloria DeHaven), an actress from New York, arrives at her sister, Jane's (Judy Garland), farm with an acting troupe keen on finding the perfect barn to stage their summer show, hilarity, romance, and--since one of the actors is played by Gene Kelly--dancing ensues! Garland's final film for MGM contains lots of Comedy, dancing and the show-stopping GET HAPPY number, and the gorgeous Technicolor only makes it feel even more otherworldly!

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.


KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON: WWII FILMS FROM THE HOME FRONT

"THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES"

June 18, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
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NEW RESTORATION! DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Simply put, a masterpiece, and one that perfectly captures the struggles of returning veterans. With Gregg Toland's moody deep-focus cinematography, Wyler crafted a story of three returning soldiers wrestling with their inner war and society's expectations. Don't miss this rare screening of perhaps the greatest film to emerge from World War II.

Presented by The Heights Theater and The Trylon Microcinema. DCP courtesy Park Circus / The Samuel Goldwyn Trust.


THE POLITICAL CIRCUS: SIX CLASSIC COMEDIES

"DUCK SOUP" | "MILLION DOLLAR LEGS" Double Feature

June 25, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
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"DUCK SOUP"

35MM PRESENTATION.

Has there ever been a more madcap comedy than Duck Soup? The Marx Brothers are the inmates running the asylum that is the fictional country of Freedonia, which is on the verge of war with neighboring Sylvania. Revolution, harps, the hilariously aggrieved Margaret Dumont--it's all here, in what is arguably the zaniest, most chaotic political comedy ever made.

"MILLION DOLLAR LEGS"

35MM PRESENTATION.

W.C. Fields is the bullying leader of the Klopstokia in Million Dollar Legs, a riotous send up of the Olympics and politics. When he's about to lose power due to the country's sorry financial state, the President (Fields) is summoned to win a weightlifting competition whose cash bounty will haul them out of debt. Don't miss this little-seen comedy gem!

35mm prints courtesy Universal Pictures.


CHHS CLASS OF 1965 50TH REUNION EVENT

"WRONGFULLY ACCUSED"

June 27, 2015, 1 p.m.
ALL SEATS $5.00

DIGITAL PRESENTATION

Columbia Heights native, Pat Proft wrote, produced and directed this 1998 comedy adventure about a fugitive on the run. Local references abound. Proft will say a few words before and after. An official Columbia Heights Jamboree event, this showing is sponsored by the 50th Reunion of the CHHS Class of 1965. All proceeds go to Columbia Heights High School Alumni Scholarship Foundation.


IN GLORIOUS TECHNICOLOR: 100 YEARS OF LUXURIANT CINEMA!

"MEN WITH WINGS"

June 30, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION.

Intended by Wellman to be a follow up to his massive silent (and monochrome) hit WINGS, this rousing adventure film about the dawn of flight features some of the most daring aerial stuntwork in cinema history! Pals Pat Falconer (Fred MacMurray) and Scott Barnes (Ray Milland) share a passion for flight... and for beautiful Peggy Ransom (Louis Campbell). But when World War I arrives, and with it the dawn of aviation warfare, everyone's lives will change. One of the very first movies to utilize the Technicolor three-strip process, Men With Wings is a jaw-dropping masterpiece of color and action!

35mm print courtesy Universal Pictures.


THE POLITICAL CIRCUS: SIX CLASSIC COMEDIES

"ROMAN SCANDALS"

July 2, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION.

In this very pre-code comedy, Eddie Cantor plays an optimistic delivery boy in Oklahoma who dreams of living in Ancient Rome, where people were honest and politicians noble. When he's knocked on the noggin, he finds himself living his dream in old Rome, only to find it wasn't quite as he imagined it. Featuring toe-tapping songs and crazy choreography by none other than Busby Berkeley, the little-seen Roman Scandals is a must-see! And be sure to look for Lucille Ball in her film debut as one of the Goldwyn Girls in the Slave Market production number...yes, that's right, we did say Slave Market production number!

35mm print courtesy Park Circus & The Samuel Goldwyn Trust.

PLUS THE TECHNICOLOR SHORT SUBJECT "GOOD MORNING, EVE" (1934) - 35MM Presentation. 35mm print from The Library of Congress.


THE POLITICAL CIRCUS: SIX CLASSIC COMEDIES

"THE GREAT DICTATOR"

July 9, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION.

This brave and biting comedy by Charlie Chaplin was his first sound film, and most successful picture. Released at a time when the U.S. was still in a tenuous truce with Germany, The Great Dictator not only satirized the Fuehrer, but accurately reveled Hitler's hunger for world domination, and his dangerous policies against the Jews. The Great Dictator is not only one of the greatest movies of all-time, but perhaps the most important comedy ever made.

35mm print courtesy Janus Films. .


HEIGHTS SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS

IN GLORIOUS TECHNICOLOR: 100 YEARS OF LUXURIANT CINEMA SCREENING!

"REDSKIN"

July 12, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRINT FROM THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS!

Accompanied by KARL EILERS at the keyboard of the Heights Mighty Wurlitzer!

This very rare silent film was notable not only in its use of Two-color Technicolor, but in its explicitly sympathetic portrayal of Native Americans. The title was already lambasted here as a derogatory term for its protagonist, a Navajo named Wing Foot (Richard Dix), who is taken from his family and raised in a white boarding school (a tragic policy that was commonplace in the United States at the time). This beautiful, moving, and incredibly fascinating movie is not to be missed.


IN GLORIOUS TECHNICOLOR: 100 YEARS OF LUXURIANT CINEMA!

"THE AFRICAN QUEEN"

July 14, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION.

One of the most beloved films of all time, The African Queen boasts eye-popping Technicolor to augment this rousing adventure. When World War I breaks out, British missionary Rose (Katherine Hepburn) must rely on rough-and-tumble boat captain Charlie Allnut (Humphrey Bogart, who won an Oscar for this role) to bring her to safety... and blow up a German gunboat!

35mm print courtesy Paramount Pictures.


THE POLITICAL CIRCUS: SIX CLASSIC COMEDIES

"STATE OF THE UNION"

July 16, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION.

Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy were never funnier in this scathing political comedy from Frank Capra. Exploring themes of a good, yet naive, man entering the political arena, and boasting the great comic timing that made Hepburn and Tracy such a winning pair, State of the Union is a welcome relief from the madness of the front page!

35mm print courtesy Universal Pictures.


THE HEIGHTS THEATER AND MOON PALACE BOOKS PRESENTS

"TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD"

July 20, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

In celebration of the publication of Harper Lee's new novel Go Set A Watchman, the Heights is presenting a very rare 35mm screening of To Kill A Mockingbird, based on her first novel, quite possibly the most beloved American book of the 20th Century.

In the history of motion pictures, there has probably never been a film that is as beloved as its source novel as To Kill A Mockingbird. Perfectly cast, with Gregory Peck in his Oscar winning role as Atticus Finch, and featuring Mary Badham as Scout, Philip Alford as Jem, and a young Robert Duvall as Boo Radley, Mockingbird captured the nation's attention with nearly as much force as the book.

This screening is co sponsored with MOON PALACE BOOKS, which will will have copies of both novels on sale in the Heights lobby.

35mm print courtesy Universal Pictures.


THE POLITICAL CIRCUS: SIX CLASSIC COMEDIES

"DR. STRANGELOVE"

July 23, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
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Digital Cinema Presentation

A scathing satire on the Cold War, Dr. Strangelove is also Stanley Kubrick's love-letter to the manic comic stylings of Peter Sellers. But Sellers isn't alone (even though he plays three roles): George C. Scott, Slim Pickins, Keenan Wynn, and Sterling Hayden all play against type and are absolutely hilarious.

DCP courtesy Sony Pictures.


HEIGHTS SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS

"THE BIG PARADE"

Aug. 9, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
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Digital Cinema Presentation.

Accompanied by HARVEY GUSTAFSON at the keyboard of the Heights Mighty Wurlitzer!

Long before the Vietnam war galvanized American filmmakers to create anti-war films, King Vidor's The Big Parade was an unflinching look at the true cost of war. An idle young man is caught up in war hysteria and enlists, discovering to his horror just what it means to kill or be killed. This monumental picture's extravagant war scenes don't overwhelm its delicate message, and it went on to become the most successful film of the silent era after Birth of a Nation. Don't miss this rare screening.

DCP courtesy Warner Bros.