The Classic Movie Schedule for the Palace Theatre Kicks off Tonight

October 20th, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg

Yes, the Classic Movie Series is back on the Palace Theatre’s big screen complete with vintage trailers, cartoons and more movie surprises…

The series kicks off at 7pm tonight with the annual October screening of the participatory cult classic horror/comedy/musical “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” featuring the live shadowcast by The Kids of Albany. Tickets for this special screening are $7.

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Tickets for all other movies are $5; $3 for kids. And season passes to see every film in the series can be purchased for half price.

Here’s the Palace’s complete Classic Movie Series schedule for 2014-2015:

“A CLOCKWORK ORANGE”
1971, 137 minutes, Rated R
Monday, October 27, 7pm
A scathing satire on a society in the not so distant future, with an excellent performance by Malcolm McDowell as a prime misfit. Stanley Kubrick’s vivid adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ novel was considered too strong for many when it was first released.

“DRACULA” & “FRANKENSTEIN”
1931, “Dracula” – 75 minutes / “Frankenstein” – 70 minutes, Unrated
Wednesday, October 29, 7pm
An old fashioned double feature with two iconic horror films back to back. See Bela Lugosi in his most famous role with his definitive interpretation of Count Dracula, featuring equally spectacular performances by Dwight Frye as the looney Renfield and Edward Van Sloan as the unflappable Professor Van Helsing. Then see Boris Karloff in the role that made him a star – as Frankenstein – starring Colin Clive as the ultimate mad scientist, creating a man-made being but inadvertently giving him a criminal brain.

“THE GOONIES”
1985, 114 minutes, Rated PG
Monday, November 10, 7pm
A group of friends go in search of the long-lost hidden treasure of the 17th century pirate One-Eyed Willy in hopes of saving their homes from demolition. Full of excitement, adventure and laughs – this a great film for anyone young or old.

“MEAN STREETS”
1973, 110 minutes, Rated R
Monday, November 17, 7pm
Scorsese’s masterpiece about a small time hood (Harvey Keitel), his hot headed friend (Robert De Niro) and their cronies in New York City’s Little Italy. Technically dazzling, this is the film that put director Martin Scorsese on the map.

“SCROOGED”
1988, 101 minutes, Rated PG-13
Monday, December 15, 7pm
Bill Murray stars as Scrooge (need we say more?) in this hilarious, updated version of Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol,” placing the world’s most famous miser as a network television executive visited by strange apparitions on Christmas Eve. Many standout performances and surprise cameo appearances make for a rollicking Yuletide treat.

“IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE”
1946, 129 minutes, Rated PG
Friday, December 19, 3 & 7pm
An annual holiday tradition. It’s hard to believe that this timeless classic wasn’t a hit when it was first released. Frank Capra’s sentimental fantasy of a small town businessman (James Stewart) follows him as he tries to do the right thing, thinks he’s failed, tries to commit suicide, but is ultimately saved by a guardian angel who shows him what life would’ve been like without him. A perfect cast, a perfect film…

“WHITE CHRISTMAS”
1954, 120 minutes, Unrated
Monday, December 22, 7pm
Starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as nightclub entertainers and Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen as a singing sister act – the foursome travel to Vermont to help an old friend and commanding officer revive his old inn. Featuring a wonderful Irving Berlin score, “White Christmas” was the highest grossing film of 1954 and continues to be a holiday favorite.

“THE WIZARD OF OZ”
1939, 102 minutes, Rated PG
Monday, December 29, 3pm
Pure movie magic in this timeless tale of a young Kansas girl traveling “Over the Rainbow” to find strange characters and adventure while in search of the true meaning of “home.” A classic score (by Richard Arlen & Yip Harburg) and a pitch-perfect cast contribute to the ultimate musical film fantasy.

“PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE”
1985, 90 minutes, Rated PG
Monday, January 12, 7pm
A feature length imagining of Paul Reubens’ Pee-Wee Herman directed by Tim Burton. Lots of laughs and fun as Pee-wee goes on a nationwide search for his stolen bicycle.

“THE HUSTLER”
1961, 135 minutes, Unrated
Monday, February 9, 7pm
Paul Newman is outstanding as the disenchanted drifter and pool hustler who challenges the legendary Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason). The down and dirty, dingy pool hall atmosphere is fully realized in this incisive Oscar-winning film.

“FROZEN”
2013, 102 minutes, Rated PG
Wednesday, February 18, 3pm
This wildly popular Disney animated movie is the tale of Elsa, princess of Arendelle, who possesses the ability to produce frost and snow at will and her younger sister Anna. When Elsa is forced to flee their castle home after an accident involving her powers, it is up to Anna to make the perilous trip to her rescue. Featuring a hit soundtrack filled with wonderful songs that will keep the kids singing along.

THE THREE STOOGES FILM FEST
Various running times, Unrated
Monday, February 23, 7pm
The original knuckleheads return to the Palace as we once again present the best of Moe, Larry and Curly (and sometimes Shemp) in six of their funniest short films that will have you rolling in the aisles with laughter. Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck…

“HIGH NOON”
1952, 84 minutes, Rated PG
Monday, March 9, 7pm
Legendary western drama about a crisis of conscience; starring Gary Cooper, Lloyd Bridges and Grace Kelly. On his wedding – and retirement – day, Marshal Will Kane learns that a gunman is coming seeking revenge. Though he has good excuses for leaving, he feels a responsibility to stay and face the gunman – those no one in town is willing to help.

“A HARD DAY’S NIGHT”
1964, 85 minutes, Unrated
Monday, March 23, 7pm
This first Beatles film is director Richard Lester’s idea of a typical day in the group’s life – he lets his imagination run wild and the result is a visual delight filled with classic Beatles songs (“Can’t Buy Me Love,” “And I Love Her,” “A Hard Day’s Night” and more.) A classic and a must-see on the big screen for any Beatles fan.

“THE BIG LEBOWSKI”
1998, 117 minutes, Rated R
Monday, April 20, 7pm
From the Academy Award-winning Coen Brothers (“Fargo,” “No Country for Old Men”) comes a hilariously quirky comedy-thriller about bowling, a kidnapping plot, White Russians, nihilists and a guy named…The Dude. Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) doesn’t want any drama in his life but in a case of mistaken identity, a couple of thugs break into his place and steal his rug (you gotta understand, that rug really tied the room together). Now, The Dude must embark on a quest with his crazy friends to make things right and get that rug back! Co-starring John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

“AMERICAN GRAFFITI”
1973, 110 minutes, Rated PG
Monday, May 4, 7pm
This 1973 film – directed by George Lucas – is filled with young stars including Ron Howard, Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss and more. This is a highly entertaining, insightful mosaic about youngsters “coming of age” after their high school graduation in 1962. Hilarious and always on target, this film made Dreyfuss a star and boosted many other young careers.

“FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE”
1963, 115 minutes, Rated PG
Monday, May 18, 7pm
The second movie in the James Bond franchise is one of the best – starring Sean Connery as 007 – this film packs plenty of suspense and action and features one of the longest and most exciting fight scenes ever staged.