Orpheum film series gives us nostalgia, pizza

02/07/2010 12:00 AM

08/08/2014 9:56 AM

With so many technologically terrific options for seeing movies — on demand, in high-def, in 3-D, reclining at the Warren with a martini in hand — you might wonder why you'd choose to see a very old movie in an even older theater.

But the lineup for this year's 2010 Orpheum Film Series is so full of nostalgic awesomeness, it's worth giving up a few high-tech comforts.

The series, which runs roughly once a month, mostly on Thursday nights, at the historic theater at 200 N. Broadway, was clearly assembled by some sort of genius with excellent old movie-picking abilities.

The next offering is one of my personal favorites — 1986's "Pretty in Pink," one of the best of Molly Ringwald's string of '80s teen flicks. She's a girl with no funds whose fire red hair and indelible sense of thrift-store style causes rich boy Blaine (Andrew McCarthy) to fall for her, much to the disapproval of his snobby friends.

Don't like teen flicks? It's worth watching just to see some current television stars earlier in their careers, including Jon Cryer of "Two and a Half Men," James Spader of "Boston Legal" and Harry Dean Stanton of "Big Love," who plays Andy's sad-but-sweet dad.

"Pretty In Pink" will be shown at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18.

The series isn't all teen nostalgia movies, though.

It also offers plenty of options for parents wishing to force their favorite childhood movies upon their kids (and to get the "Ghostbusters" song stuck in a whole new generation of heads.)

"Ghostbusters," in all its green slime, Stay Puft marshmallow man glory, will be shown on Aug. 19.

There's also "The Great Muppet Caper" on April 8, and parents can prep kids for this summer's Jaden Smith remake of "The Karate Kid" with a viewing of the original on May 20.

The schedule also includes films for fans of westerns ("True Grit" and "Rio Bravo" in August), Western spoofs ("Blazing Saddles" in July) and movies about dudes ("The Big Lebowski" in September.)

Bonus: At this year's series, the Orpheum is selling Knolla's pizza by the slice at each showing.

Following is the full schedule. Admission is $5 at the door, $4 for seniors, military members and students.

* "Pretty in Pink" (1986), 7 p.m. Feb. 18.

* "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975), 7 p.m. March 18

* "The Great Muppet Caper" (1981), 7 p.m. April 8

* "The Karate Kid" (1984), 7 p.m. May 20

* "Vacation" (1983), 7 p.m. June 17

* "Blazing Saddles" (1974), 7 p.m. July 22

* "True Grit" (1969) and " Rio Bravo" (1959), 7 p.m. Aug. 6

* "The Philadelphia Story" (1940), and "Bringing Up Baby" (1938), 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7

* "Ghostbusters" (1984), 7 p.m. Aug. 19

* "The Big Lebowski" (1998), 7 p.m. Sept. 16

* "Poltergeist" (1982), 7 p.m. Oct. 30

* " Scrooged" (1988), 7 p.m. Nov. 19

* "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947), 7 p.m. Dec. 16

About Denise Neil

Denise has been an Eagle reporter since 1997. She writes about pop culture on Sundays, reviews restaurants on Fridays and blogs at Dining with Denise. Previously, she worked for the Chattanooga Times and graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Kansas.

Contact Denise at 316-268-6327 or by e-mailing dneil@wichitaeagle.com

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