Heights Theater

The Twin Cities classic cinema experience

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STARTS FRIDAY JUNE 7

ROCKETMAN

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ROCKETMAN is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John's breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story -- set to Elton John's most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton -- tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture.

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EXTRA SCREENING ADDED TUESDAY JULY 23

2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY in 70MM

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EXTRA SCREENING ADDED TUESDAY JULY 23! Our Monday July 22nd screening is sold out!

70MM PRESENTATION

Hal 9000 refuses to open the pod-bay doors in Kubrick's visually dazzling voyage from our apelike ancestry to the ends of the universe. This special presentation is an "unrestored" 70mm print made from the original negative in 2018.

70mm print courtesy Warner Bros.


THE 3 FACES OF DEAN

GIANT

July 25, 2019, 7 p.m.
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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

A rollicking adventure as big as Texas itself, George Stevens' Giant features Dean in a much smaller, though equally potent, role, as Jett Rink, a poor handyman living in the shadow of the Benedict clan. Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor are the heads of the Benedict family, wealthy ranchers who try and cope with the changes wrought by a younger generation and by the new industry taking over Texas: oil. Sadly, Dean was killed in a car accident during filming and his role diminished. Nonetheless, Giant is a supreme melodramatic entertainment, great for the Heights' big screen.

DCP courtesy Warner Bros.


STARTS FRIDAY JULY 26

ONCE UPON A TIME IN... HOLLYWOOD

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Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in...Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple story lines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood's golden age.


HEIGHTS 2019 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

"LAWRENCE OF ARABIA" IN 70MM

July 28, 2019, 1 p.m.
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70MM PRESENTATION

One of the greatest motion picture epics of all time returns to The Heights in the glory and magnificence of 70MM making this a must see film event!

Due to his knowledge of the native Bedouin tribes, brilliant and flamboyant British Lieutenant T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) is sent to Arabia to find Prince Faisal (Alec Guinness) and serve as a liaison between the Arabs and the British in their fight against the Turks.

70mm print courtesy Sony Pictures.


HEIGHTS 2019 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

60TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING

NORTH BY NORTHWEST

July 29, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Charming ad man Roger O. Thornhill (or ROT, to his friends) must run for his life when he's mistaken for an American spy by a dastardly criminal organization. Avoiding death by drunk driving; by gun and knife and gravity; and, most famously, by a crop-dusting, gun-toting plane in the middle of Illinois, poor Thornhill must eventually not only save himself, but the beautiful Eve.

Hitchcock urged screenwriter Ernest Lehman to pull out all the stops, resulting in a breathtaking adventure whose insane plot twists somehow work in spite of themselves. Cary Grant was never more charming, Eve Marie Saint never more alluring, and Hitchcock never more assured. The only way to witness such suspenseful majesty is on the Heights' silver screen.

DCP courtesy Warner Bros.


CAROLE LOMBARD: 20TH CENTURY SCREWBALL

TWENTIETH CENTURY

Aug. 1, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

Though she starred primarily in dramas, Howard Hawks saw something in Lombard, and paired her with the histrionic thespian John Barrymore in this insane comedy. Broadway producer Oscar Jaffe (Barrymore) takes a risk and casts lingerie model Mildred Plotka (Lombard) in his newest play. With her new name, Lily Garland, the play is a resounding success, as are their next three pairings. But Jaffe is obsessed, and won't stop controlling Lily, who hightails it to Hollywood, where she becomes a star. Desperate to get her back, Jaffe boards the Twentieth Century Limited, the cross country train carrying superstar Lily Garland, and schemes to get her to sign a contract. Sparks fly, shins are kicked, and the rapid-fire dialogue will leave you laughing and gasping for air in this amazing comedy.

35mm Print courtesy Sony Pictures


CAROLE LOMBARD: 20TH CENTURY SCREWBALL

MY MAN GODFREY

Aug. 8, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

When down-on-his-luck bum Godfrey Smith (William Powell) agrees to be a "forgotten man in a scavenger hunt put on by wealthy socialite Irene (Lombard), they both get more than they bargained for. After angrily exposing the stupidity of the hunt in front of a stunned crowd, Irene's father hires Godfrey to be the family butler. But this isn't your usual family, and soon Godfrey is dealing with crazed daughters, angry maids, a ditzy mother the usual assortment of lunatic upper-crust New Yorkers. A classic by any standard, My Man Godfrey is widely considered the nonpareil of screwball comedy.

35mm print courtesy Universal Pictures


HEIGHTS 2019 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

80TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING

THE WIZARD OF OZ

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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.


CAROLE LOMBARD: 20TH CENTURY SCREWBALL

TRUE CONFESSION

Aug. 15, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

This bizarre and entertaining movie is part noir, part screwball, and all fun. Lombard and Fred MacMurray are Ken and Helen Bartlett, whose fortunes dip during the Depression. He's a lawyer finding few cases, and she's a writer with few leads. Through a series of mishaps, Helen is accused of murder, and her husband has a hard time believing she didn't do it. John Barrymore is back as a drunk who knows too much, though the chemistry between MacMurray and Lombard throws sparks into this turbulent and ribald plot.

35mm print courtesy Universal Pictures.


THE MAN WHO LAUGHS

Aug. 18, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
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NEW DIGITAL RESTORATION!

German Expressionist director Paul Leni's THE MAN WHO LAUGHS is a gothic horror masterpiece. In 17th Century England, King James II has his rival Lord Clancharlie executed in an Iron Maiden and worse, takes his son, Gwynplaine and has a smile permanently carved onto his face so that he will laugh forever at "his fool of a father". Exiled, the boy finds refuge with a kindly traveling mountebank and becomes The Man Who Laughs in a traveling carnival. Soon, Gwynplaine is besieged by old enemies and falls in love--but will he be able to withstand the forces that conspire against him? The Man Who Laughs is a melodrama of the highest order, at once terrifying, emotionally rich, and even funny in spots. All of this is centered by Conrad Veidt's performance, an incredible display of acting by a man who wears a mask for most of the film, a wicked smile in every other scene. His iconic look was the direct inspiration for the modern Joker (see photo attached.)

The Man Who Laughs is accompanied by Katie Condon, whose piano and vibraphone work has been enjoyed with silent films at venues throughout the Twin Cities, including the Trylon Cinema, Oak Street Cinema, and the MacPhail Center for Music. Her performance is made possible in part by a MacPhail Center for Music Artistic Development Grant.

DCP Courtesy Universal Pictures


CAROLE LOMBARD: 20TH CENTURY SCREWBALL

IN NAME ONLY

Aug. 22, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

Less a comedy and more a romance, In Name Only features Cary Grant and Lombard as the perfect couple, kept apart because of his loveless marriage to a scheming social climber. A big hit in its day, through rarely seen today, In Name Only shows off Lombard's tremendous range, as she hits every note and will bring tears of laughter, joy, and melancholy to your eyes.

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.


HEIGHTS 2019 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

60TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING

SOME LIKE IT HOT

Aug. 26, 2019, 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.


CAROLE LOMBARD: 20TH CENTURY SCREWBALL

TO BE OR NOT TO BE

Aug. 29, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

Lombard's last film, and, some argue, her best. Paired with director Ernst Lubitsch, Lombard put in a performance of surprising complexity in this story of a Polish acting troupe trying to outwit the invading Nazis. Lombard and Jack Benny lead the troupe, and their work together is nothing short of brilliant. The complex plot and the comedic take on the Nazi threat may have turned off audiences, as the film wasn't a hit nor critically praised in its day, but is now regarded as a classic.

35mm print courtesy The Library of Congress


HEIGHTS 2019 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

NETWORK

Sept. 23, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

When television anchor Howard Beale (Peter Finch) is told he is going to be replaced in two weeks, he gets drunk and announces, on air, that he will commit suicide live in two weeks, for which he's fired. Max Schumacher (William Holden), a downbeaten drunk himself, intervenes and allows Beale to have a final farewell with dignity. But Beale gets angry, and during his show proclaims "I'm mad as hell and not going to take it anymore!" When this proves to be a ratings bonanza, the station keeps him around... until he's no longer useful. Don't miss this rare screening!


HEIGHTS 2019 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Oct. 7, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Who would have thought that Roger Corman's ultra-low budget shlock horror film from the 60s would turn into an off-Broadway musical, itself turned into one of the most underrated musicals in cinema history! Believe it! When timid Seymour (Rick Moranis) tries to help his bullying flower-shop boss Mr. Mushnik (Vincent Gardenia) by displaying Audrey II, a strange flower Seymour bought in Chinatown, little did they know they were unleashing a creature from outer space that just loves to devour flesh.

DCP courtesy Warner Bros.


HEIGHTS 2019 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

CLUE

Oct. 21, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Like Murder by Death before it, Clue (loosely based on the board game) is a spot-on parody of classic murder mysteries, with a star-studded cast of the 80s best comic actors, and featuring not one but three endings (each included at our screening!) Six strangers appear at an old mansion, are given pseudonyms (Col. Mustard, Mrs. White, etc., from the game), and soon, chaos and hilarity ensue! Tim Curry cements the whole thing as the crazed butler, while Martin Mull, Madeline Kahn, Leslie Ann Warren, Christopher Lloyd and even the Go-Go's Jane Wiedlin make appearances. A flop in its day, Clue has since gone on to be a hilarious cult classic!

DCP courtesy Paramount Pictures.


HEIGHTS 2019 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN

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DIGITAL CINEMA 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!

DCP courtesy Warner Bros.


THE HEIGHTS THEATER PRESENTS IT'S ANNUAL HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA!

"WHITE CHRISTMAS" - HEIGHTS HOLIDAY SHOW

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A Heights Theater tradition! One of our most popular events returns - an event that sells out year after year. You will not want to miss the perennial TECHNICOLOR favorite, WHITE CHRISTMAS, on the big screen!

Plus.....ON OUR STAGE! The big show starts with a special 20 minute concert by the wonderful MAUD HIXSON, singing a stocking full of your favorite holiday classics! Accompanied by Rick Carlson on the piano as well as A BOUNCING BALL SING ALONG at the end!!

Also... A fantastic pre show concert by HARVEY GUSTAFSON and ED COPELAND at the keyboard of the Heights Mighty Wurlitzer!

WHITE CHRISTMAS FAQS

Q: I have an MPR or Chinook Book 2 for 1 coupon, can I use these for White Christmas?

A: No, since this is a special event we do not accept any 2 for 1 coupons or other discounts.

Q: When does the singer start and when does the movie start and when do I need to be there?

A: The show, which starts with Maud Hixson performing at either 2:00pm or 7:00pm with the movie following immediately after her performance. So you need to be here at the ABSOLUTE LATEST by 2:00pm or 7:00pm because that is when the show officially starts and we do not seat after that.

Q: When does the organist start?

A: The organist will start playing 20 minutes before the start of the show.

Q: When do your doors open?

A: Our doors open an hour before the start of the shows and we encourage you to arrive early so you can get seated and have plenty of time to get refreshments and relax before the show. We have a pianist playing the lobby piano at 1:15pm and 6:15pm and the Organist starts to perform at 1:45pm and 6:45pm, so there is plenty to keep your and your guests entertained before the show starts.

Q: Is the seating reserved seating?

A: All the seating for these performances is not assigned and is general seating, so the earlier you arrive the better selection of seats you will have, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE A LARGE GROUP. Your advance ticket purchase guarantees you a seat at the performance, but with a sold out show there may be a chance, especially if you arrive late, that you may not be able to sit with your guests, so arrive early as refunds are not given if you cannot sit together.

Q: Something has come up and now we are unable to attend, can we get a refund.

A: Refunds are not given on advance ticket sales.