Heights Theater

The Twin Cities classic cinema experience

Established 1926

HEIGHTS COVID POLICY UPDATE

In accordance with CDC guidelines, masks are no longer required to attend The Heights Theater, but are still recommended.
Heights Theater employees are still required to wear masks.

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STARTS FRIDAY MAY 20!

DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA

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From award-winning creator Julian Fellowes comes the motion picture event DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA. The much-anticipated cinematic return of the global phenomenon reunites the beloved cast as they go on a grand journey to the South of France to uncover the mystery of the Dowager Countess' newly inherited villa.

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THEY CALL ME MR. POITIER

GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER

May 26, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Joanna Drayton (Katharine Houghton), 23, returns from a Hawaiian vacation with her new lover and fiance, Dr. John Wade Prentice (Poitier), 36, and she's eager to show him off to her progressive San Francisco parents, Christina and Matt (Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy). That's big trouble in 1967, for Joanna's white and John is Black and no one, from the Drayton's housekeeper to Dr. Prentice's stern father, knows what to make of the situation. The last Tracy-Hepburn film is perhaps a bit dated in its social commentary by today's standards, but remains a delightful comedy of manners and a lovely romance. Hepburn won an Oscar as did the original screenplay.

Presented by The Heights Theater and The Trylon Cinema.

DCP courtesy Sony Pictures.


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45TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING

STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE

May 30, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
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THIS SCREENING IS SOLD OUT!

"A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..." So begins Star Wars, and films and filmgoing would never be the same again. Everyone knows the story of young Luke Skywalker, the Rebel Alliance vs. the Empire, Darth Vader, Han Solo, but how many have the privilege of seeing this classic on the big screen, where it dazzled awestruck moviegoers 45 years ago. George Lucas, a fan of classic cinema, borrowed heavily from classic serials and masterpieces like The Searchers and Errol Flynn adventures and made something unbelievably new. We're inundated with this franchise now, in cinemas and TV screens, so witnessing where this universe began is like seeing the Big Bang firsthand.

We will be screening the 1997 version of STAR WARS, which is the only version that is authorized to be shown by Lucasfilm and The Walt Disney Co

DCP courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures


THE JUDY! CENTURY

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS

June 2, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION.

Minnelli's lush masterpiece is not only a feast for the eyes, but also one of the most emotionally charged films ever made. The large, boisterous and loving Smith family enjoy their rich life in St. Louis, but when father needs to move the family to New York, the news hits them hard. This episodic film is mesmerizing in its examination of community and family, and the ways in which we endure day-by-day. Judy Garland was never more poignant and charming, and her rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" will bring you to tears.

DCP courtesy Warner Bros.


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LAUREL AND HARDY COMEDY FESTIVAL

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BONUS SCREENING ADDED SATURDAY JUNE 11TH, OUR SUNDAY JUNE 5TH SCREENING IS SOLD OUT!

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

The enormously popular LAUREL AND HARDY FESTIVAL returns for what will undoubtedly be another sell-out screening. Six classic short films in one side-splitting afternoon: BRATS (1930), HOG WILD (1930), BUSY BODIES (1933), HELPMATES (1931), TOWED IN A HOLE (1932), and THE MUSIC BOX (1932). No matter if you're 9 or 90, the manic comedy of Laurel and Hardy is guaranteed to have you laughing.


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THE HARVEY GIRLS

June 6, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Poor Susan Bradley (Garland): she's left her home to travel to remote Sandrock, AZ to meet a man whose beautiful letters convinced her to marry the stranger. Turns out he's a grouchy old coot, and the letters were written as a joke by Ned Trent (John Hodiak), owner of a local saloon. Stranded, Susan joins the Harvey Girls, the famed waitresses of the Harvey chain of restaurants, which infuriates Trent, whose saloon is in direct competition with the restaurant. Boasting a ton of wonderful songs and rousing musical numbers, The Harvey Girls is a little-seen treat. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Song.


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THE CLOCK in 35MM

June 9, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

Joe Allen (Robert Walker) is a soldier with a two-day pass, wasting time in New York's Penn Station. Alice Mayberry (Garland) trips over his foot and breaks the heel off of her shoe. This random event not only throws the couple together, where they fall deeply in love, but brings them into contact with a host of lovely people eager to see the pair to the altar before Joe heads off to fight in World War II. Director Vincente Minnelli refused to sugar coat The Clock and infused this delightful romance with the stirring melancholy of an America in the throes of war. Both Garland and Walker were fighting numerous demons in their personal lives, and both summoned up all the joy and pain of their young lives to craft meticulous performances that will not soon be forgotten.


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90TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING!

DOCTOR X in 35MM

June 13, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
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NEW DIGITALLY RESTORED 35MM 2 COLOR TECHNICOLOR PRINT!

Daily World reporter Lee Taylor is chasing the story of a lifetime: a serial killer is prowling the streets of New York, butchering and cannibalizing victims under a full moon. Evidence points to the mysterious Doctor Xavier, but there are other suspects as well. Soon, all the suspects including a deranged one-armed man_retreat to a seaside estate where some of the most lunatic plot twists carry viewers along to an astounding conclusion. This pre-Code thriller is batty and fun in equal measure, and its eye-popping Technicolor make it a giddy entertainment.

35mm print courtesy The UCLA Film and Television Archive


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SUMMER STOCK

June 16, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
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Jane Falbury (Garland) is a farmer in Connecticut whose ne'er-do-well actress sister, Abigail (Gloria DeHaven) arrives with a theater troupe in tow, desperate for a space to rehearse. Jane reluctantly agrees, and in comes the actors, including handsome Joe Ross (Gene Kelly), Abigail's fiancee who is starting to fall in love with Jane. This was Garland's last film for MGM, and she couldn't have left with a better number than the famous Get Happy, featuring Judy in a tuxedo jacket, black fedora, and silk stockings.


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A CHILD IS WAITING

June 20, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
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Jean Hansen (Garland) is new to the staff of the Crawthorne State Mental Hospital for children. A Julliard graduate, Hansen has unconventional methods for reaching the children in her care, which goes against everything the director, Dr. Matthew Clark (Burt Lancaster), believes. From producer Stanley Kramer and writer Abby Mann (director and writer, respectively, of Judgment at Nuremberg) and an early effort from director John Cassavetes (A Woman Under the Influence), A Child is Waiting is a little seen, and poignant display of Garland's powerfully emotional style.


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A STAR IS BORN

June 23, 2022, 7 p.m.
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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Forget Gaga, forget Streisand, the greatest Star is Born is all Judy. This story of unknown singer Esther Blodgett being turned into superstar Vicki Lester (Garland) by former star (and current alcoholic) Norman Maine (James Mason) is a rollercoaster melodrama that leaves its four other adaptations in the dust. Garland's intense acting lights up the screen, illuminating all who surround her. "One of the grandest heartbreak dramas that has drenched the screen in years." - New York Times


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50TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING

YOU'LL LIKE MY MOTHER

June 27, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

A very pregnant Francesca (Patty Duke) travels from LA to Duluth to meet the mother of her deceased husband (and father of her unborn child). There she meets the brittle and creepy Mrs. Kinsolving (Rosemary Murphy), who takes an instant loathing of the poor woman. When a blizzard traps Francesca at Kinsolving's creepy mansion, the young woman is trapped. And things are about to get much worse when the psychotic Kenny arrives (Richard Thomas, John Boy from "The Waltons")! Shot completely on location at the Glensheen Mansion in Duluth in the winter of 1971, this is a chance to see Glensheen as it was when Elisabeth Congdon still lived there. To Glensheen devotees and local cinema buffs, this Gothic old dark house suspense film is a must-see.

Digital presentation courtesy Universal Pictures.


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THE WIZARD OF OZ in 35MM TECHNICOLOR

June 30, 2022, 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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THE PARENT TRAP

July 11, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
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Sharon McKendrick and Susan Evers (both played by Haley Mills) hate one another. Meeting at summer camp, their identical appearance makes them instant rivals, playing tricks on counselors and one another. As punishment, they're forced to room together, and there they discover they're actually twins, separated at birth when their parents divorced. A plan is hatched they'll get the same haircut and switch places in order to finally meet the other parent and maybe, just maybe, reunite the couple! Minneapolis native David Swift directed this charming film, which was an enormous box office hit for Disney, thanks in no small part to Haley Mills' incredible performance.

DCP courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures


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60TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING

"LAWRENCE OF ARABIA" IN 70MM

July 17, 2022, 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.


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MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL

Aug. 1, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

The battle with the Black Knight. The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog. The Knights who say "Ni!" The Trojan Rabbit, Castle Anthrax, Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir-Lancelot... these are but a few of the classic bits in what is unquestionably Monty Python's most popular film in the States. This crass and witty send-up of the King Arthur legend is an episodic romp through filthy olde England, and has been adored and quoted again and again and again by Python fans since its release almost fifty years ago.


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60TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? in 35MM

Aug. 15, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

Capitalizing on the decades long rivalry between the two stars, director Robert Aldrich crafts a psychologically fraught horror film that opened the floodgates for older actresses to reveal, and revel in, their dark sides. Playing the child star of the title, Bette Davis unleashed her inner Medusa, and Crawford is her ideal foil as the wheelchair bound sister Blanche. The gloves are off, the claws are sharpened, and hair (and blood) will fly in this, the culminating battle between two actresses whose loathing for each other knew no bounds.


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80TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING!

CASABLANCA in 35MM

Aug. 29, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

80 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 of 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.


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FANTASIA

Sept. 19, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

The third full-length feature film from Walt Disney, "Fantasia" was clearly his most ambitious film at that point, and that ambition almost destroyed the studio. Essentially a series of six animated music videos of great pieces of classical music (with Mickey Mouse as Dukas' Sorcerer's Apprentice being perhaps the most famous) all conducted by the great Leopold Stokowski. An army of over a thousand animators labored on the production, a new surround-sound technology (Fantasound) was created, and the result is a breathtaking and joyous appreciation of music and storytelling. "Fantasia" has not been screened in Minnesota this century, so don't miss this rare event.


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ED WOOD

Sept. 26, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Young Ed Wood (Johnny Depp) is struggling to make his movies in a Hollywood indifferent to his genius. Baffled, Wood persists in trying to get "I Changed My Sex!", "Bride of the Atom", and "Plan 9 from Outer Space" made films too visionary for studios to produce. Or so he believes, but, as we all well know, Ed Wood was the epitome of the awful artist, his cringeworthy films so bad they have to be seen to be believed. But he managed to make some crazy friends, whom he cast in his dogs, namely Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau, who won an Oscar for his role), the Amazing Criswell (Jeffrey Jones) and Vampira (Lisa Marie). Tim Burton's affectionate bio-pic balances perfectly an admiration for Wood's very limited talents without being patronizing or overly serious.

DCP courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures


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65TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING!

THE SEVENTH SEAL (DET SJUNDE INSEGLET) in 35MM

Oct. 10, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
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When speaking of classic art-house cinema, all conversations begin with Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal. Bergman's black-and-white masterpiece follows the exploits of world-weary knight Antonius (Max von Sydow) and his cynical squire, Jons (Gunnar Bj rnstrand), as they return from the violence and folly of the Crusades to a world made insane by avarice, lust and plague. Upon meeting the Angel of Death (Bengt Ekerot), Antonius engages in a fateful game of chess, an image oft copied and parodied, but never surpassed. You may think you know "The Seventh Seal", but it can only be truly appreciated on the silver screen, and on 35mm.

35mm courtesy of Janus


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THE SHINING

Oct. 24, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION.

Arguably Kubrick's best, and perhaps most personal film, The Shining has influenced scores of horror films, and its technical achievements with the Steadicam changed cinema forever. The story of writer Jack Torrence, whose personal demons collide with the haunted Overlook Hotel, which he and his family have been hired to occupy over the winter, is at once a mind-bending trip and a terrifying, and moving, destruction of a man's world. So bizarre it has spawned countless conspiracy theories, including explaining the moon landing, The Shining can be watched, interpreted and reinterpreted numerous times.

DCP courtesy Warner Bros.


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70TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN in 35MM

Nov. 7, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
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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.


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LA LA LAND

Nov. 10, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

This contemporary musical classic returns to the Heights Theater. Mia (Emma Stone), a struggling actress, meets Seb (Ryan Gosling), a struggling jazz pianist, and the pair fall in and out and in and out of love, all the while navigating their perilous careers in modern day Los Angeles. "La La Land" charmed audiences worldwide. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Director, Best Actress and Best Picture (for about five minutes).

DCP courtesy of Lionsgate