Heights Theater

The Twin Cities classic cinema experience

Established 1926

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HA HA HIGHWAY

NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION

July 29, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
ALL SEATS $12.00

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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

When poor Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) wants to bond with his bored family, he sets his sights on Wally World, an amusement park in Southern California. Driving from Chicago, he hauls his family from from one side-splitting disaster to another, including dead pets and relatives, hostage taking, vandalism, and robbery, but ultimately achieving the impossible: the perfect family trip.

DCP courtesy Warner Bros.


STARTS FRIDAY JULY 16

ROADRUNNER: A FILM ABOUT ANTHONY BOURDAIN

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It's not where you go. It's what you leave behind . . . Chef, writer, adventurer, provocateur: Anthony Bourdain lived his life unabashedly. Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how an anonymous chef became a world-renowned cultural icon. From Academy Award winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom, Won't You Be My Neighbor?), this unflinching look at Bourdain reverberates with his presence, in his own voice and in the way he indelibly impacted the world around him.


Land O' Lakes Theater Organ Society Open House

July 31, 2021, 10 a.m.

Do you enjoy listening to the Heights Theater mighty Wurlitzer? You should join us Saturday morning July 31 from 10am until noon for an open house featuring the wonderful Wurlitzer with Dave Kearn and Ed Copeland presenting a short concert on the organ. Brought to you by the Land O Lakes Theater Organ Society. The program will run from 10 AM until 11AM, and after a short presentation about LOLTOS, it's your turn.

Ever wanted to have a go at the Wurlitzer? Now's your chance. There will be a sign up sheet in the lobby and visitors can sign up for 5 minutes at the console between 11 and noon. Even if you don't play, please join us, we would love to have you visit us.


HEIGHTS 95TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF CINEMA!

ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD in 35MM

Aug. 2, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
ALL SEATS $12.00

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35MM PRESENTATION

Didn't the Heights just show this one not two years ago? Yes... and audiences adored it! Now we're bringing back this ode to late 60s Hollywood on glorious 35mm, just as it should be seen. The story of Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth's (Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, whose chemistry is amazing) attempts to revive Dalton's flagging career is really an excuse to pay homage to the Southern California world that Quentin Tarantino loved. The music, the cars, the movies, the TV shows, and a host of celebrities like Steve McQueen, Sharon Tate, and the Mansons make this one a stellar entertainment. Nominated for 10 Oscars.

35mm print courtesy Sony Pictures.


WES ANDERSON'S KINGDOM

RUSHMORE

Aug. 5, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
ALL SEATS $12.00

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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Distractible teenager Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman in his film debut) is having a hard time at Rushmore, an exclusive private school in Houston. Bad grades are threatening his scholarship, but when he meets wealthy industrialist Herman Blume (Bill Murray) who likes his mettle, and falls for a widowed first grade teacher Rosemary Cross (Olivia Williams), Max wonders if his fortunes have changed. Until Herman falls for Rosemary, too, setting up an epic battle of wits, involving bees, broken bicycles and attempted murder. Despite being his second film, Rushmore launched the career of Wes Anderson and turned Bill Murray into an indie film legend.

DCP courtesy Swank Motion Pictures


WES ANDERSON'S KINGDOM

THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS

Aug. 12, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) is on the skids. Kicked out of his hotel, lonely, and wanting to reconcile with his wife (Angelica Huston) and three kids (Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Gwyneth Paltrow), Royal tells the family he has terminal cancer to convince them to open their hearts to the old man. Influenced by the novels of J. D. Salinger, Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons, the singer Nico and countless other films, books, New Yorker cartoons and the like, The Royal Tenenbaums has the look and feel of a magical New York City that could only exist in the mind of a boy from Texas, and is a film of exquisite emotional resonance.

DCP courtesy Swank Motion Pictures.


HEIGHTS 95TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF CINEMA!

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.


WES ANDERSON'S KINGDOM

THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU

Aug. 19, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Steve Zissou (Bill Murray), a famous oceanographer, has lost his best friend and lead diver, Esteban du Plantier (Seymour Cassel) to the vicious jaguar shark, and vows revenge. From this very Moby Dick-like premise, Anderson concocts a magical undersea journey that explores the mysteries of the human heart as poignantly as it does the ocean itself. A flop in its day, The Life Aquatic has since gone on to achieve cult status, resulting in Zissou cosplay and is the film that launched a thousand ukulele covers...

DCP courtesy Swank Motion Pictures.


WES ANDERSON'S KINGDOM

MOONRISE KINGDOM

Aug. 26, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

1965, on an East Coast island called New Penzance, 12-year-old Sam Shakusky is trying desperately to get through summer camp; 12-year-old Suzy Bishop can't get along with her folks, and the two pen pals plot an escape that has the whole island in an uproar. With Moonrise Kingdom, Anderson veered his cinematic ship straight into childhood, crafting a film of misunderstood kids whose heartbreak and yearning leaves viewers enthralled. Voted one of the 100 greatest films of the 21st Century by the BBC.

DCP courtesy Universal Pictures.


HEIGHTS 95TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF CINEMA!

GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933

Aug. 30, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

This special screening will also include the 1934 TECHNICOLOR short "GOOD MORNING EVE!" presented in a restored 35mm print from The Library of Congress printed off the original 3 strip Technicolor nitrate negatives!

Four young actresses and a down-on-his-luck producer are holed up in a downbeat New York apartment, lamenting their lack of funds keeping them from sure stardom. On the scene comes a brilliant singer and pianist, who offers them enough money to put on the show--but is this guy a gangster, or worse, a spoiled socialite whose parents want him as far as possible from the gold digging girls of Broadway? This enormous pre-code hit has toe-tapping songs, hilarious and sexy dialogue, and, of course, a veritable army of leggy dancers undulating in Berkeley's hypnotic dance numbers. Dick Powell, Ginger Rogers, Joan Blondell make this a star-studded classic not to be missed!

35mm prints courtesy The Library of Congress


WES ANDERSON'S KINGDOM

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

Sept. 2, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

A drab hotel owned by the charming Zero Moustafa is the basis for this story-within-a-story, as the older Zero recounts his life to a mysterious Author. The Grand Budapest Hotel, high in the mountains of Zubrowka, is the backdrop for the story of the great concierge Gustave H. Gustave ran a tight ship, and on this side seduced the old women of the hotel, one of whom may or may not have left him a priceless painting in her will. But her evil son doesn't like this, and so heists, romance, jailbreak, and other unbelievable plot twists, played by one of the most star-studded casts in modern cinema, make The Grand Budapest Hotel Anderson's most ambitious and successful film (by far). Nominated for nine and winner of four Academy Awards.

DCP courtesy Swank Motion Pictures.


HEIGHTS 95TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF CINEMA!

"BLOCK-HEADS" - LAUREL & HARDY COMEDY FESTIVAL

Sept. 12, 2021, 1 p.m.
ALL SEATS $12.00

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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: TEACHER'S PET (1930) with Our Gang. FOUR PARTS (1934) with Charley Chase.

35mm prints courtesy The Library of Congress.


HEIGHTS 95TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF CINEMA!

85TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING

SHOW BOAT

Sept. 13, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Spanning four decades in the life of Magnolia Hawks (Irene Dunne), this is the story of a woman growing up on her family's show boat, the Cotton Blossom, which travels up and down the Mississippi River performing variety shows. A complex film about life in the South, racism and politics, Show Boat was considerably softened for its 1950s remake, but this one is the real deal. Featuring gorgeous black-and-white cinematography, songs by Jerome Kern and Roger Hammerstein, and stellar performances by Paul Robeson, Hattie McDaniel, Chales Winninger and scores of others, this rare screening is an absolute show stopper.

DCP courtesy Warner Bros.


HEIGHTS 95TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF CINEMA!

THE THIRD MAN

Sept. 27, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Written by Graham Greene, and starring Joseph Cotten, Aida Valli, and of course Orson Welles as Harry Lime, The Third Man is a classic espionage film that also undermines the trope of the American sleuth solving the crime and winning the love of the femme fatale. A gorgeous, thrilling and melancholy film, The Third Man has influenced countless other films through the decades.

DCP courtesy Rialto Pictures


HEIGHTS 95TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF CINEMA!

70TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL

Oct. 11, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

"Klaatu barada nikto!" On a beautiful day in Washington, D.C. a spaceship lands, and out of it emerges an alien, Klaatu (Michael Rennie) and the robot Gort. When the military, on high alert, wounds Klaatu, Gort proceeds to melt tanks and stop the world cold. Klaatu reveals himself to be from another, more powerful world, and brings a message: learn to live in peace or Earth will be destroyed. One of the first, and probably the most famous, anti-Cold War science fiction film of the era, The Day the Earth Stood Still has been called a classic. From the director of West Side Story and The Sound of Music!

DCP courtesy Swank Motion Pictures.


HEIGHTS 95TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF CINEMA!

THE SHINING

Oct. 25, 2021, 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.


HEIGHTS 95TH ANNIVERSARY 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.


HEIGHTS 95TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF CINEMA!

75TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (LA BELLE ET LA BETE)

Nov. 8, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
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35MM PRESENTATION

Forget the Disney version--Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast is the most magical and inspired version of this classic tale. When Belle's (Josette Day) destitute father (Marcel Andre) picks a rose for his daughter from the Beast's (Jean Marais) garden, he is sentenced to death. Belle offers to trade herself for the old man, and the Beast agrees, and their romance was the stuff of legend. Evoking the paintings of Vermeer, Cocteau's Beast is a sumptuous tale of love, passion, and violence.

35mm print courtesy Janus Films.


HEIGHTS 95TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF CINEMA!

25TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING

FARGO

Nov. 11, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
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DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Todd Melby, author of the A Lot Can Happen in the Middle of Nowhere: The Untold Story of the Making of Fargo, will be on hand to introduce the film and share some of the incredible stories behind the classic film.

Fargo's outrageous story of a kidnapping gone very wrong is grounded by Frances McDormand's Oscar-winning role as Marge Gunderson, the very pregnant police chief of Brainerd, whose persistence and wisdom wins the day. Fargo is at once an intensely violent and painful look at loneliness and greed, and a hilarious send up of hot dish Minnesota nice.

DCP courtesy Park Circus.


THE FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL: TAPE TRADING CLASSICS

Nov. 18, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
ALL SEATS $16.00

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Hosts Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher (Late Show) take you back in time to the pre-internet 90s to resurrect the best "tape traded" videos passed from weirdo to weirdo on VHS. Highlights include "Pastor Gas," "Metallica Drummer," celebrity outtakes featuring a drunk Orson Welles and a foul-mouthed Richard Simmons, and the greatest news bloopers of the last 40 years.


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 ED COPELAND and LOU HURVITZ at 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 7:15pm with the movie following immediately after her performance. So you need to be here at the ABSOLUTE LATEST by 2:00pm or 7:15pm 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 30 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 1:00pm and 6:15pm and the Organist starts to perform at 1:30pm 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.