In the West End of 1950s London, plans for a movie version of a smash-hit play come to an abrupt halt after a pivotal member of the crew is murdered. When world-weary Inspector Stoppard (Sam Rockwell) and eager rookie Constable Stalker (Saoirse Ronan) take on the case, the two find themselves thrown into a puzzling whodunit within the glamorously sordid theater underground, investigating the mysterious homicide at their own peril.
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
Fritz Lang's insane vision of the future took German expressionism and Le Corbusier's futuristic urban planning and created what is arguably cinema's first truly dystopian vision, an urban hellscape whose story, and gorgeous production design, inspired countless films for decades. The story of the clash of rich vs. poor in a city of the future resonated in post-war Germany, and stunned audiences around the world.
DCP courtesy Kino Lorber
A somewhat epic failure in its day, Blade Runner has since gone on to become arguably the most influential science fiction film of the second half of the 20th Century. Deckard (Harrison Ford) is a blade runner, whose job is to kill replicants, bioengineered humanoids. When four replicants murder their way out of an off-world colony, Deckard has to hunt them down, and discovers shocking truths about them and himself. As much the work of special effects guru Douglas Trumbull as director Ridley Scott, Blade Runner boasts some of the finest work from Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, and the score by Vangelis is hypnotizing. Watching this masterpiece in the Heights Theater will be an experience you won't soon forget.
DCP courtesy Warner Bros.
BONUS SCREENING ADDED Tuesday October 25th, our Monday October 24th screening is SOLD OUT!
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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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There is no better way to celebrate actor/singer/dancer (and Dame in the Order of the British Empire!) Olivia Newton-John than with a screening of her biggest hit, GREASE. Teenager Danny (John Travolta) and visiting Australian Sandy (Dame Olivia) meet on a beach and fall in love. But is it only a summer fling? Not when Sandy's folks decide to stay in the U.S. and enroll her in the same high school as Danny. Soon, sugarcoated Sandy abandons her dresses for leather and lycra, dancing and singing and rebelling with the best of the Rydell High Greasers. Set in the summer of 1958, a full two decades and worlds apart from disco glitterball 1978, Grease was a monumental smash when it was released, and quickly became the biggest musical of all-time. The chemistry between Travolta and Newton-John was magnetic, and their songs and dances captivated a nation weary of government corruption and inflation (sound familiar?) Come and celebrate one of our favorite singers, Olivia Newton-John with this super fun screening
DCP courtesy Paramount Pictures.
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This smash Broadway musical became one of the most beloved Hollywood musicals of all-time. Audrey Hepburn is the crass Cockney Eliza Doolittle and Rex Harrison is the conceited phonetics professor who wagers that he can turn her into a full-blown English lady, ready for London society and high tea with the Queen. Featuring toe-tapping songs by Lerner and Lowe and directed by George Cukor, My Fair Lady is almost as famous for its lavish costumes and sets, designed by Cecil Beaton (who won Oscars for both). A box-office smash, the film went on to win 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Actor and Director.
All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Groveland food shelf, so not only are you going to be seeing a great movie, you will also be helping those in our community who are in need!
DCP - Paramount
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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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
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.
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 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 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 6:00pm and the Organist starts to perform at 1:30pm and 6:30pm, 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.