ROCK 'N' ROLL IS HERE TO STAY!

Terrifying parents in the 1950s and regarded as a fad, rock 'n' roll music only grew in stature, going on to become the music that defined America (and the world), dominating radio, television and movies for decades. The Heights Theater and Trylon Roadshow proudly present five films that celebrate Rock 'n' Roll in all its glory!

"THE GIRL CAN'T HELP IT!"

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

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Former Loony Tunes animator Frank Tashlin concocted this insane "send-up" of rock 'n' roll that ended up celebrating its over-the-top brilliance. When a gangster wants his girlfriend (Jayne Mansfield) to become a crooner, he hires a down-on-his-luck talent agent (Tom Ewell) to do the job, sending them on a journey that sees them colliding headfirst with a younger generation that wants music that is a lot different. A zany skewering of American excess, the Girl Can't Help It features Little Richard, Fats Domino and Eddie Cochran amongst other rock 'n' roll elite. Cult film director John Waters considers this one of his favorite films!

DCP courtesy Twentieth Century Fox.

Presented by The Heights Theater and The Trylon Cinema


"VIVA LAS VEGAS"

May 31, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

Join us for the Heights' rock 'n' roll double feature! Viva Las Vegas is widely regarded as Elvis' best movie, pairing him for the first time with an actress, Ann-Margaret, who can really hold her own, and helmed by George Sidney, whose skill piloting big-budget Hollywood musicals served him well here. Who cares about the plot except to say Elvis is in Vegas to race, sing, and dance with swimming instructor Ann-Margaret.

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.

Presented by The Heights Theater and The Trylon Cinema


"NASHVILLE REBEL"

May 31, 2018, 9:15 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

Nowhere near as famous, Nashville Rebel features outlaw country singer Waylon Jennings playing a rising star in the eponymous town, and how escapes the clutches of a dastardly entertainment lawyer. What makes the movie is its location shots of old Nashville, great performances by Jennings, Loretta Lynn, Porter Wagoner, Tex Ritter, and more.


"A HARD DAYS NIGHT"

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

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Originally planned by United Artists to be a quickie B movie to cash in on The Beatles popularity. A Hard Days Night emerged as a boldly contemporary rock n' roll comedy unleashing the fledgling Beatles into a maelstrom of screaming fans, paranoid producers, rabid press and troublesome family members. Maybe one of the greatest rock and roll movies ever made?

DCP courtesy Janus Films.


"HOT SUMMER" - HEISSER SOMMER

June 14, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

DIGITAL PRESENTATION

While American teens were fighting in the streets, dropping out and protesting Vietnam, East German youth were to be living it up, footloose and carefree. At least that's what Heisser Sommer (Hot Summer), a rollicking teenage rock 'n' roll musical from the other side of the Iron Curtain, will have you believe! A group of seven teenage boys and seven teenage girls go hitchhiking from the city of Leipzig to the hot beaches of Ruegen Island looking for love, fun and Rock 'N' Roll. Stars Frank Schobel and Chris Doerk were two of the biggest pop stars in East Germany at the time, and were also married in real life. Don't miss this extremely rare screening!

In German with English subtitles.

Digital courtesy The DEFA Film Library at The University of Massachusetts.

Presented by The Heights Theater and The Trylon Cinema


"ROCK 'N' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL"

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

35MM PRESENTATION

Like the Beatles before them, The Ramones were capturing the hearts and souls of teenagers, this time in the late 70s. What else to do but make a great, essentially plotless movie showing the band's influence? The Ramones here are so influential, they make the principals of Vince Lombardi High School go crazy. When one tries to burn the band's records, the teens take over!

35mm print courtesy Criterion Pictures USA.

Presented by The Heights Theater and The Trylon Cinema