HEIGHTS 2020 CELEBRATION OF CINEMA

For the sixth 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 or Digital Cinema Projection making this a year-long event no cinema lover should miss.

THE AFRICAN QUEEN

July 19, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

BONUS SCREENING ADDED MONDAY JULY 20th, our Sunday July 19th screening is sold out!

Due to the Covid-19 virus outbreak and the temporary shut down of all non essential businesses the originally scheduled April 20th screening of THE AFRICAN QUEEN will be moving to Sunday July 19th. If you have purchased advance tickets, they will be good for the rescheduled screening, and you do not have to do anything other than show up.

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION.

Brits Samuel and Rose Sayer (Katherine Hepburn) are brother and sister missionaries in what was then German East Africa, when World War I breaks out. When Samuel is beaten and killed by German soldiers, Rose climbs aboard the beat up boat the African Queen with Charlie Allnut (Humphrey Bogart), the gruff, foulmouthed captain. The two fight the jungles, the rapids, the German army, and even one another until, and most surprisingly, they fall in love. Hepburn was never more fun and Bogart plays against type in a role that won him his only Academy Award.

DCP courtesy Paramount Pictures.


THE GREAT DICTATOR

Aug. 17, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Due to the Covid-19 virus outbreak and the temporary shut down of all non essential businesses the originally scheduled May 4th screening of THE GREAT DICTATOR will be moving to Monday August 17th. If you have purchased advance tickets, they will be good for the rescheduled screening, and you do not have to do anything other than show up.

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION.

This brave and biting comedy by Charlie Chaplin was his first sound film, and most successful picture. Released at a time when the U.S. was still in a tenuous truce with Germany, The Great Dictator not only satirized the Fuehrer, but accurately reveled Hitler's hunger for world domination, and his dangerous policies against the Jews. The Great Dictator is not only one of the greatest movies of all-time, but perhaps the most important comedy ever made.

DCP courtesy Janus Films. .


REBECCA

Sept. 14, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

BONUS SCREENING ADDED TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 15TH!

Our originally scheduled June 1st screening of REBECCA has moved to Monday September 14th. If you have purchased advance tickets, they will be good for the rescheduled screening, and you do not have to do anything other than show up.

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Alfred Hitchcock's first film in America is a rapturous gothic masterpiece, owing nearly as much to the Master of Suspense's vision as to producer David O. Selznick. An unnamed woman (Joan Fontaine) and the dashing Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier) meet on the French Riviera and married. He brings her to his seaside castle, Manderley, which is overseen by the steely Mrs. Danvers, whose obsession with the first Mrs. de Winter--Rebecca--is driving the new wife to the brink of insanity. Nominated for nine Academy Awards, it won two, including Best Picture, the only Hitchcock film to do so.

DCP courtesy Swank Motion Pictures.


"WAY OUT WEST" - LAUREL & HARDY COMEDY FESTIVAL

Sept. 13, 2020, 1 p.m.

BONUS SCREENING ADDED @4:30pm, our 1:00pm screening is sold out!

ALL NEW DIGITAL RESTORATIONS!

The enormously popular LAUREL AND HARDY FESTIVAL returns for what will certainly be multiple sold-out screenings. This year we feature THE CHIMP (1932) and WAY OUT WEST (1937). In the short film The Chimp, our heroes try their best to bring good fortune back to a busted circus, with hilariously disastrous results. The feature-length Way Out West, the pair head out west to deliver a deed to a gold mine, doing their bumbling best to help a young woman in the clutches of evil guardians. No matter if you're 9 or 90, the manic comedy of Laurel and Hardy is guaranteed to have you laughing.

DCP courtesy Jeff Joesph.


TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Oct. 5, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

BONUS SCREENING ADDED Tuesday October 6th, our Monday October 5th screening is sold out!

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Harper Lee's beloved novel, the Heights is proud to present To Kill a Mockingbird. In the history of motion pictures, there has probably never been a film that is as beloved as its source novel as this story. Perfectly cast, with Gregory Peck in his Oscar-winning role as Atticus Finch, and featuring Mary Badham as Scout, Philip Alford as Jem, and a young Robert Duvall as Boo Radley. The film of To Kill a Mockingbird captured the nation's attention with nearly as much force as the book.

DCP courtesy Universal Pictures.


SHERLOCK HOLMES

Oct. 25, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

THIS SCREENING IS SOLD OUT!

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Accompanied by Karl Eilers at The Heights Mighty Wurlitzer!

Long considered lost, this William Gillette film is a vital missing link in the history of Sherlock Holmes on screen. By the time it was produced at Essanay Studios in 1916, Gillette had been established as the world's foremost interpreter of Holmes on stage-having played him approximately 1300 times since his 1899 debut. This newly-restored SHERLOCK HOLMES represents the sole surviving appearance of Gillette's Holmes on film. The film faithfully retains the play's famous set pieces-Holmes's encounter with Professor Moriarty, his daring escape from the Stepney Gas Chamber, and the tour-de-force deductions. Audiences are going to be blown away when they see the original Sherlock Holmes on screen for the first time!


JAWS

Aug. 2, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

BOTH OF THESE SCREENINGS ARE SOLD OUT

Our scheduled June 29th screening of JAWS will be moving to Monday August 3rd. If you have purchased advance tickets, they will be good for the rescheduled screening, and you do not have to do anything other than show up.

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

The movie that changed world cinema as we know it today, whose success was the very definition of blockbuster, Jaws is also one of the most thrilling and entertaining films of all-time. Jaws is the terrifying story of a killer great white shark that terrorizes Amity Island during its peak summer months, and then becomes a thrilling character study of three-men as they chase the beast over open water. Nominated for four Oscars including Best Picture, Jaws is a rightly considered to be one of the greatest films of all-time. Join us for its 45th Anniversary screening--it hasn't screened at the Heights since perhaps 1975!

DCP courtesy Universal Pictures.


BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID

July 13, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

THIS SCREENING IS SOLD OUT

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

The first pairing of sexy superstars Paul Newman and Robert Redford is a classic Western, and the biggest box office draw of 1969. Butch and Sundance rob trains, Union Pacific trans to be precise, to the chagrin of its owner, who hires a ruthless posse to kill the bandits. Retreating to Bolivia, Butch and Sundance try and set up shop in South America, with both hilarious and tragic results. A strange and thoroughly entertaining Western, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid shouldn't be missed on the big screen.

DCP courtesy Swank Motion Pictures.


THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN

July 27, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

Boris Karloff met his match with Elsa Lanchester, who plays the Bride of Frankenstein and sports perhaps the greatest hairdo in Hollywood's long history of great hairdos. Her performance was years ahead of its time, the kind of thing that wins Oscars today and was the perfect foil to Karloff. James Whale attempted to camp up his entry, but the result is a film that many consider superior to the first, more emotional and less stagy than the first, and perhaps the greatest entry of Universal's celebrated horror films.

35mm print courtesy Universal Pictures.


THE WIZARD OF OZ

Aug. 10, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

BONUS SCREENING ADDED WEDNESDAY AUGUST 12TH!

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.


SUNSET BOULEVARD

Aug. 24, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

Wilder's poison-pen letter to Hollywood is as acrid a noir as was ever committed to celluloid. When down-on-his-luck screenwriter Joe Gillis (Holden) falls in with aging silent film queen Norma Desmond (Swanson, in an iconic performance), he finds himself plunged into a world of despair and betrayal.

35mm print courtesy Paramount Pictures.


HAROLD AND MAUDE

Sept. 21, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

BONUS SCREENING ADDED TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 22nd, our Monday September 21st screening is sold out!

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Hal Ashby's poignant black comedy about anti social Harold and his geriatric girlfriend Maude has to be one of the classic misfit love stories of all time. Harold and Maude was a true cult film phenomena in it's day running a record 2 years at the (now closed) Westgate Theater in Minneapolis, and it is not to be missed on the big screen.

DCP courtesy Paramount Pictures.


PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE

Sept. 28, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

BONUS SCREENING ADDED Tuesday September 29th, our Monday September 28th screening is sold out!

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Tim Burton's first (and some say best) movie, this crazy road movie tells the tale of eccentric man-child Pee-Wee Herman who's beloved bike is stolen in broad daylight, which propels him across the U.S. on the adventure of his life. Be sure and tell 'em Large Marge sent ya!

DCP courtesy Warner Bros.


THE SHINING

Oct. 12, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

ALL SCREENINGS SOLD OUT!

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.


SINGIN' IN THE RAIN

Nov. 2, 2020, 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.


THE MURDERERS ARE AMONG US (DIE MORDER SIND UNTER UNS)

Nov. 9, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

BONUS SCREENING ADDED TUESDAY NOVEMBER 10!

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

In bombed out Berlin, weary Susanne Wallner, an artist and concentration camp survivor, returns to her apartment to find drunken ex German soldier Dr. Hans Mertens there. It was her place before the war, but since he has no place to go, they become reluctant roommates. But the very worst war criminals still walk the streets of Berlin, the murderers among us, driving their victims into varying degrees of trauma or melancholy. And yet, hope remains.

The very first film shot in Germany after the war, and the model for what became known as "Rubblefilms", movies whose locations were the blasted out cities of Europe (The Third Man is perhaps the most famous), it was financed by the Soviets and their allies. The Murderers Are Among Us is a stunning combination of thrilling noir and moving drama, and nearly impossible to see in the U.S. Don't miss this incredibly rare screening, with a print courtesy of the University of Massachusetts' DEFA Film Library.

In German with English subtitles