BELCOURT ANNOUNCES SECOND SATURDAY OUTDOOR CINEMA--FREE FILMS DURING SUMMER SEASON
Popular Family-Friendly Film Series Features Action, Fantasy, Comedy and More
The Belcourt Theatre announces the return of the always popular Second Saturday Outdoor Cinema, free film events featured monthly, June through September, in the Belcourt’s parking lot. This year’s line-up includes BATMAN, by director Tim Burton (June 8); the fantastical CLASH OF THE TITANS (July 13), which features masterful special effects by the legendary designer Ray Harryhausen, who recently passed away; 5000 FINGERS OF DR. T (August 10), the only feature film written by Dr. Seuss; and a Marx brothers’ double feature, DUCK SOUP and HORSEFEATHERS (September 14). Before each feature, the Belcourt treats viewers to an interesting selection of vintage film shorts, kitsch commercials, and serials of yesteryear. Audience members arrive prior to sunset to arrange their chairs, blankets and refreshments to enjoy an evening under the stars. Belcourt concessions, including popcorn, snacks and drinks, are available for purchase inside the theatre lobby. In the event of inclement weather, cancellation notice will be posted on the Belcourt’s website, Facebook and Twitter (@belcourt) by one hour prior to showtime.
“This fun, free series of outdoor films provides family and friends an wonderful way to spend time together. We like to think of it as the Belcourt’s ‘gift’ to our film-loving community and neighbors,” says Stephanie Silverman, the Belcourt’s executive director. “We’re especially pleased to share such a varied line-up—great action and adventure with BATMAN and CLASH OF THE TITANS, a one-of-a-kind musical feature film written by Dr. Seuss, and the classic comedy of the Marx Brothers.”
Second Saturday Outdoor Cinema Schedule and Film Descriptions
Saturday, June 8 at sunset (8:03pm)
(Dir. Tim Burton, 1989, USA, 126min, PG-13)
After witnessing the death of his parents at the hands of petty street thugs, Bruce Wayne vows to use his family’s wealth and power to root out the crime and corruption that plagues his hometown of Gotham. Starring Michael Keaton in the titular role and Jack Nicholson as everyone’s favorite pernicious prankster, the Joker. Director Tim Burton’s dark retelling of the story of Gotham's favorite son and his rise to superhero-dom enchanted a new generation of fans and reinvigorated the franchise.
CLASH OF THE TITANS
Saturday, July 13 at sunset (8:05pm)
(Dir. Desmond Davis, 1981, USA, 118min, PG)
The myth of Perseus is given new life in this classic fantasy film featuring the final stop-motion animation of one of cinema’s great special effects masters, Ray Harryhausen who passed this past May. From atop his winged horse, Perseus must battle an assortment of mythical beasts, from a cranky Kraken to Medusa, the ghastly Gorgon, to rescue his beloved Princess Andromeda. A spectacular showcase for Harryhausen’s cavalcade of creatures, CLASH OF THE TITANS is a truly fantastic experience for viewers of all ages.
THE 5000 FINGERS OF DR. T
Saturday, August 10 at sunset (7:43pm)
(Dir. Roy Rowland, 1953, USA, 89min, G)
The only feature written by Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss), THE 5000 FINGERS OF DR. T follows Bart as he faces off against his only enemy in the world: his piano teacher Dr. Terwilliker. Dr. T has a mad plan to force 500 young boys to practice at his magnificent piano 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Bart is the only hope to save these boys from being enslaved. This magnificent musical adventure from one of the world's great imaginations features brilliant numbers, fantastic set design, and enough over-the-top action to satisfy the whole family.
(Dir. Norman Z. McLeod, 1932, USA, 68min, G)
(Dir. Leo McCarey, 1933, USA, 68min)
Saturday, September 14 at sunset (6:54pm)
This very special Marx Brothers double feature showcases the madcap antics of the seminal group at their comedic best. In HORSE FEATHERS, Quincy Adams Wagstaff, the new president of Huxley U, hires bumblers Baravelli and Pinky to help his school win the big football game against rival Darwin U. Zaniness ensues. Next up is DUCK SOUP. Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale. Widely considered one of the greatest comedies of all time, this laugh-a-minute political satire remains every bit as fresh and relevant today as it was 80 years ago.
The Belcourt Theatre is a nonprofit cultural institution that engages, enriches and educates audiences through innovative film programming. Housed in Nashville’s only historic neighborhood theatre, the Belcourt presents the best of independent, documentary, world, and repertory cinema 365 days a year, while promoting visual literacy and providing opportunities for people of all ages to experience the power of film. First opened in 1925 as a silent movie house, the theatre was home to the Grand Ole Opry from 1934-35. Since the re-opening of the theatre as a nonprofit arthouse in 1999, over a half million people have visited the Belcourt to see more than 1,000 films from every corner of the globe.