From classic silent films, such as the digitally restored THE LOST WORLD, to more contemporary favorites such as HAIRSPRAY and MOULIN ROUGE, to Heights traditions, such as the Technicolor 35mm screening of THE WIZARD OF OZ and SIGNIN' IN THE RAIN, the 4th Annual Celebration of Cinema has something for everyone.


May 19, 2018, 1 p.m.


Due to the enormous popularity of this special event, we have added and Additional screening of GONE WITH THE WIND on Saturday May 19 at 1:00pm!

The most epic of Hollywood films, arguably the most popular film ever released in the world, GONE WITH THE WIND returns to the Heights Theater. The enormously popular bestselling novel was bought by David O. Selznick, who almost literally moved heaven, and definitely moved earth, to bring the story of Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler, and their tempestuous love affair during the Civil War, to the silver screen. Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable were the iconic stars, forever cementing their place in cinema's firmament, and the film went on to win a then record ten Academy Awards, and break every box office record, which still stands when adjusted for inflation. Don't miss this epic on the big screen!

DCP courtesy Warner Bros.


May 21, 2018, 7:30 p.m.



In celebration of its 20th anniversary, The Big Lebowski is coming to the Heights Theater. St. Louis Park's favorite sons, Joel and Ethan Coen, were never funnier in this send-up of 1960s counterculture, noir cinema, Busby Berkeley, and bowling. Jeff Bridges plays "The Dude", or the Little Lebowski, who discovers that an assault on him was intended for the Big Lebowksi, a wealthy man whose wife has been kidnapped. With a stellar cast that includes John Goodman, Julianne Moore, and the great (and missed) Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Big Lebowski is daft, convoluted, and utterly hilarious comedy.

35mm print courtesy Universal Pictures.


June 3, 2018, 1 p.m.



The enormously popular LAUREL AND HARDY FESTIVAL returns for what will undoubtedly be another sell-out screening. Five classic short films in one side-splitting afternoon: BRATS (1930), HOG WILD (1930), TWICE TWO (1933), THEIR FIRST MISTAKE (1932), and ME AND MY PAL (1932). 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.


June 4, 2018, 7:30 p.m.


In celebration of its 60th anniversary, Orson Welles' classic Touch of Evil is coming to the Heights Theater. "Police work is only easy in a police state." So states Miguel Varga (Charlton Heston), a Mexican detective working narcotics suddenly thrust into the examination of the murder of an American tycoon in a small, seedy town on the Mexican border. Soon, Vargas finds himself (and his newlywed wife, played by Janet Leigh) in the crosshairs of a local criminal enterprise and, perhaps worse, the corrupt American police captain Hank Quinlan (Welles). Welles' intense noir masterpiece casts a critical eye on the good and bad of police power, and is perhaps never more relevant today.

35mm print courtesy Universal Pictures.


July 2, 2018, 7:30 p.m.


David Lean was already well known throughout the world as a director of beautiful and romantic films, typically based on cozy theatrical productions. But he burst onto the scene as a master of the epic with the multiple Academy Award winner THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI. Trapped in a Japanese POW camp in Burma, obsessive British Lieutenant Colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness, in an Oscar-winning role) wants order and a strict adherence to the rule of law, so much so that he is blind to the Japanese commander's request to build the eponymous bridge--an act that Nicholson believes follows the rule of law and will instill discipline on his men, while ignoring the fact that it will help the enemy. Meanwhile, American Commander Shears (William Holden) escapes the same camp, eventually leading a commando force to return and destroy Nicholson's engineering miracle. At once a gorgeous, sweeping epic, director Lean's experience with intimate romances also brings us close to the pain, suffering, and even humor of the men who survive the POW camp. Not to be missed on the big screen!

35mm print courtesy Sony Pictures.


July 16, 2018, 7:30 p.m.


Before the smash success of the Broadway musical, Hairspray opened in cinemas in 1988, wowing critics but earning only a modest box office. But its reputation grew and grew to become regarded as one of John Waters' best movies, perhaps his most charming and accessible film. Set in Waters' home town of Baltimore, where "pleasantly plump" Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake in a star turn) auditions and wins a role as a dancer on The Corny Collins Show. This gives her a growing confidence to confront bigoted parents, bad hair, mean upper class girls, quack psychiatrists, and weird high school principals. Featuring Divine's last great role as Tracy's loving mother. Don't miss this rare 35mm screening!

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.


July 30, 2018, 7:30 p.m.


Loosely based on an Alexandre Dumas novel, inspired by Bollywood and featuring music from Madonna, Cole Porter, Nirvana, David Bowie, Elton John, Labelle, Moulin Rouge! is like no music before or since, an instant classic that has delighted--and confounded--critics and audiences since its arrival in 2001. The story of an English poet at the turn of the last century, slumming in Paris (Ewan McGregor) and trying to write, who falls in with the bohemians... and falls madly in love with the star courtesan of the Moulin Rouge, Satine (Nicole Kidman). This kaleidoscopic fantasy was a box office smash, nominated for eight Academy Awards, and comes to us in a brilliant 35mm print from a private collector. Don't miss this rare screening.


Aug. 13, 2018, 7:30 p.m.


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.

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.


Aug. 27, 2018, 7:30 p.m.


In the long and storied history of film noir, Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity shines as perhaps its greatest incarnation. Based on the bleak novel by James M. Cain, and adapted by the master crime writer Raymond Chandler, Wilder's story is of an insurance agent (Fred MacMurray) caught in the web of the most fatale of the femme fatales (Barbara Stanwyck) who wants her husband dead, and the double indemnity clause invoked, which doubles the life insurance money. Enter Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson), a dogged insurance inspector, whose instincts and nose for trouble spell doom for the deadly pair.

35mm print courtesy Universal Pictures.


Nov. 5, 2018, 7:30 p.m.


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.


June 24, 2018, 7:30 p.m.


This special screening will feature KARL EILERS at the keyboard of the Heights Mighty Wurlitzer!

Forget the cold CGI of modern dinosaur movies, you haven't seen anything until you've witnessed the stop-motion animated beasts from Harry O. Hoyt's 1925 long-lost silent classic THE LOST WORLD. Based on the novel by Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World is the story of the eccentric Professor Challenger, convinced of ancient beasts in Venezuela, who forms an expedition that finds itself trapped on an enormous plateau, surrounded by dinosaurs. Willis O'Brien's special effects are so remarkable that they even fooled Harry Houdini, who believed the creatures to be real.

Originally, the prints for The Lost World were destroyed four years after its initial release so that no one could screen the film in competition with the newly released special effects extravaganza King Kong. Through the efforts of Flicker Alley and Lobster Films, a startling new 2K restoration, involving newly discovered material, was created, and the result is the incredible spectacle you'll see in the Heights Theater on June 24.

DCP courtesy Flicker Alley.


Sept. 24, 2018, 7:30 p.m.


What is poor Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) to do when he accidentally lands back in time to the 1950s and his own mother falls in love with him? Try and set her up with his dad, of course! One of the biggest hits of the 80s, and a beloved classic that seems to have stepped out of Hollywood's Golden Era, Back to the Future helped cement Michael J. Fox's stardom, made Crispin Glover's career, turned the clunky DeLorean into a time machine, and forever put the words "flux capacitor" in people's minds.

35mm print courtesy Universal Pictures.


Oct. 8, 2018, 7:30 p.m.


From classic horror director James Whale (Frankenstein) comes a dark, terrifying... and utterly zany comedy/horror hybrid. Two sets of couples, a husband and wife team and a upper class twit and his chorus girl date, seek shelter in a most grim mansion, staffed by cackling old ladies and a Boris Karloff sporting a giant scar and a menacing look that will send shivers up your spine. Genuinely frightening, The Old Dark House manages to be a send up of the films that made its director famous, while crafting new and exciting methods of gothic horror. Newly restored and rarely seen in cinemas, The Old Dark House is the perfect October treat.

DCP courtesy the Cohen Collection.


Oct. 22, 2018, 7:30 p.m.


In the heart of New York City, in one of its most high-end apartments, lurks an evil that sent filmgoers into a frenzy fifty years ago. Rosemary's Baby captured America's attention in 1968, a horrifying distraction from one of the most turbulent years in our history. The story of Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow), who moves into The Bradford Apartments with her actor husband Guy (John Cassavetes), only to discover a nightmare world of suicide, cults, and Satanism. At once a disturbing look at motherhood and power, Rosemary's Baby is also simply one of the most entertaining scary movies ever made.

DCP courtesy Paramount Pictures.