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‘Purple Rain’ kicks off Return of the Cults film series for May

Prince stars in “Purple Rain.”
Prince stars in “Purple Rain.” Courtesy photo

Return of the Cults film series

The ’80s are front and center as the Return of the Cults film series, presented by Wichita Big Screen, returns with classic films being shown throughout May at the Palace Theatre, 535 S. Ridge Road Circle. Tickets are $3.50. Here is the line-up:

▪  “Purple Rain” (1984) – Kicking things off is the late Prince’s turn as a talented but troubled Minneapolis musician. The film nabbed him an Oscar for best original song score. It will be shown Friday through Sunday at 1:10, 3:50, 6:45 and 9:20 p.m. with late showings at 10:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

▪  “Legend” (1985) Director Ridley Scott’s sci-fi fantasy about a young man (Tom Cruise) who must rescue a princess (Mia Sara) from the clutches of an evil lord (Tom Curry) who wants to destroy daylight by killing the last unicorn alive. Yup, that’s pretty evil. (May 13-15)

▪  “Risky Business” (1983) More Tom Cruise, this time in the flick that made him famous and had everyone dancing in their underwear to Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock ’n’ Roll.” Cruise plays a Chicago teen who turns his suburban home into a brothel while his parents are on vacation. More like risque business. (May 20-22)

▪  “Excalibur” (1981) John Boorman directs this visually sumptuous re-imagining of the King Arthur legend, as Merlin the magician helps Arthur distinguish the round table of Camelot. (May 27-29)