HEIGHTS 2019 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

For the fifth straight year, The Heights Theater is presenting a year-long CELEBRATION OF CINEMA, bringing the greatest films from nearly a century of movie making from around the world to the Heights Theater. Each film, preceded by an organ concert performed on the Heights' mighty Wurlitzer, will be presented in 35mm, 70mm, or Digital Cinema Projection making this a year-long event no cinema lover should miss.

WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD?

April 29, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

Bradley Cooper's blockbuster remake of A STAR IS BORN showed the world the timelessness of the story of an up-and-coming female star and her mentor, a declining male star whose alcoholism becomes unendurable. Now see where it all started with this super rare 35mm screening of WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD?. This 1932 pre-code gem directed by George Cukor stars Lowell Sherman as a big time - but hard drinking - Hollywood director who happens upon waitress Constance Bennett at the Brown Derby restaurant, and realizing that she has the talent to make it as a star. Her star rises while his falls, leading to tragedy. Loosely based on the life of silent star Colleen Moore and producer John McCormick, WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD? is clearly the inspiration for the four versions of A STAR IS BORN that have enthralled audiences for over eight decades. Don't the miss the very first, often unacknowledged version!

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.


"SONS OF THE DESERT" - LAUREL & HARDY COMEDY FESTIVAL

June 2, 2019, 1 p.m.

ALL NEW DIGITAL RESTORATIONS!

The enormously popular LAUREL & HARDY FESTIVAL returns with one of their greatest features and a long lost silent short, both looking better than ever!

This year, we open with the restored 1927 silent short THE BATTLE OF THE CENTURY, with live accompaniment by Karl Eilers on the Heights' Mighty Wurlitzer, followed by the classic feature, SONS OF THE DESERT. Desperate to get to Chicago for a convention of their fraternal lodge, but knowing that their wives won't approve, Laurel & Hardy work every conceivable angle to sneak away, with hilariously disastrous results. Don't miss this day of silent and sound comedy from the greatest comedy duo in cinema history!

DCP courtesy Jeff Joesph


RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

May 6, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Just a few years after George Lucas and Steven Spielberg changed Hollywood forever with their blockbusters JAWS, STAR WARS and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, these two friends teamed up to create an homage to the serial films they loved as children, and launched one of the most popular franchises in history. But none of the Indiana Jones films are anywhere near as perfect as the original RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, with its evil Nazis, rolling boulders, slimy snakes, and overall sense of adventure, all buoyed by amazing stunts, real planes, and very little CGI.

DCP courtesy Paramount Pictures.


THE THIRD MAN

May 20, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

In honor of its 70th Anniversary, the Heights is proud to present the newly restored THE THIRD MAN, one of the greatest films ever made. 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


REVUE UM MITTERNACHT (MIDNIGHT REVUE)

June 3, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Film producer Otto Kruse brags that he will produce a successful, new kind of revue film, but with escapist musical films being a political hot potato in East Germany, he can not get anyone to agree to work on it. With the project close to collapse, he orders his stage manager Claudia Gluck to "do what it takes" to get it done. Soon she finds herself holding a dramaturg, composer and set designer hostage in a villa-with orders to keep them there until they create a cheerful musical film. But will they be able to pull it off?

Easily the greatest of all Soviet bloc musicals - and politically the most daring, this 1962 East German DEFA musical spares no expense and is a colorful spectacle of midcentury modernism, and a tour de force of music and dance genres. Like Billy Wilder and Preston Sturges - who discovered that through comedy you could skirt the Hayes Code - Director Gottfried Kolditz uses humor to go places that no other East German filmmaker dared.

Now restored to its original AGFACOLOR - Wide-screen TOTALVISION - 4 channel Stereophonic sound glory, this film is not to be missed on the big screen!

In German with English subtitles

DCP courtesy The DEFA Film Library UMASS AMHERST


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June 17, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

PILLOW TALK

June 17, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

Call her a square, but Doris Day was perhaps the most underrated comedienne in Hollywood history. And she was never more hilarious, nor charming, as she was in Pillow Talk, an enormous hit in its day. Sparks fly in this story of an arrogant Broadway composer and playboy (Rock Hudson) whose telephone party line keeps getting tangled with a proud interior decorator (Day). Pillow Talk was an enormous hit, was nominated for four Oscars (including one for Day and the great Thelma Ritter) and won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay.

35mm print courtesy Universal Pictures.


STAGE STRUCK

June 23, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

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

If you're a classic film fan you're probably familiar with Gloria Swanson in her brilliant turn in Sunset Blvd., as the off-her-rocker silent film star well past her prime. But few have seen the films that made her the perfect choice for that classic noir. Swanson captured audience imaginations like few before or since, and an even better secret is that she was a brilliant comic actress as well.

And Sunset Blvd. wasn't the only film to poke some fun at her career: behold STAGE STRUCK, which opens with a magnificent Technicolor sequence with Swanson in her most outrageously theatrical performances, as a diva actress pulling out all the stops. Suddenly we're back in black-and-white, to a small river town in West Virginia where Swanson's a weary waitress whose boyfriend can't help but fall in love with every riverboat actress who makes a stop. Hoping to get even, our waitress decides that she's good and ready for the stage... or not.

Rights clearance Paramount Pictures.


THE STING

July 1, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

When small time con men Luther (Robert Earl Jones), Kelly Hooker (Robert Redford) and the Erie Kid (Jack Kehoe) unknowingly spoil a money drop of noted Chicago numbers-runner Doyle Lonnegan, the boys are in trouble. And when Luther is murdered, a whole underground team of cons seeks revenge, turning to Shaw Gondorff to pull the wool over the gangster's eyes and fleece him for millions.

With an army of the best character actors in the business, set designs that captured the Depression perfectly, intertitles that harkened back to the silent era (and the Saturday Evening Post of days gone by) and a score of Scott Joplin rags that was was number one on the charts, THE STING took America by surprise... and by storm.

35mm print courtesy Universal Pictures


BEING THERE

July 15, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

Chauncey Gardiner tends to the greenhouses of a beloved and wealthy man in Washington, D.C. Never given any sort of education, and learning all he knows from TV, Chauncey lives a life free from chaos... until his benefactor dies, and he is on the street. Out for just a short while, he is injured by the limousine of Ben and Eve Rand, a Washington fixer and his trophy wife. Taking him in, both are struck by Chance the Gardner (as he is now named) and his pearls of wisdom, which are merely Chance's gardening tips and tidbits he learned from the boob tube. Soon, Chance is considered to be a rising star, and perhaps... the next president? You could do worse.

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.


"LAWRENCE OF ARABIA" IN 70MM

July 28, 2019, 1 p.m.

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.


NORTH BY NORTHWEST

July 29, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

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.


THE WIZARD OF OZ

Aug. 12, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

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.


SOME LIKE IT HOT

Aug. 26, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

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.


NETWORK

Sept. 23, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

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!


LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Oct. 7, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

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.


CLUE

Oct. 21, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

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.


SINGIN' IN THE RAIN

Nov. 4, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

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.