Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Cinema at the Square returns to Cleveland’s Playhouse Square August 7th to 24th

Event preview by Charles Cassady, Jr.

August brings the annual, weeks-long summer film series that returns to the era when the Playhouse Square theaters - at E.17 Street and Euclid Avenue - were not strictly devoted to live performance but also destination movie venues. One of the ritziest in the area.
The old Playhouse Square hosted both first-run Cinemascope and Cinerama widescreen features but also showed `roadshow' features, successful Hollywood epics and hits that played, literally, for years and years, regularly returning to town. Know that these were the days before the advent of internet streaming/downloads, home-video and cable TV. Those have since made mainstream theatrical revivals rare occasions except for the occasional Fathom Events simulcast, "Special Edition," or "Director's Cut with All the Gory Scenes Put Back."

Yesterday's moviegoing experience thrives each summer now for the duration of Cinema on the Square, with the Palace Theatre deploying a giant 20-foot by 47-foot Hurly-Glo Screen, live Kimball organ-music interludes, and classic pre-movie cartoons showing before the classic features. 

As for the panhandlers downtown, well, that’s Cleveland. Nothing for it. Use your imagination that they’re those Hollywood Boulevard characters, actually dressed as superheroes or (more likely) Chaplin’s Little Tramp. Watch their expressions as you give them money to pose with your family in tourist shots.

The Cinema on the Square schedule for this summer:
PRETTY IN PINK, Thursday, August 7, 7:30 p.m.
THE BIRDS, Friday August 8, 7:30 p.m.
MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY, Saturday, August 9, 2 p.m.
CASABLANCA, Saturday, August 9, at 8 p.m.
THE GOONIES, Sunday, August 10 2 p.m.
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, Thursday, August 14, 7:30 p.m.
CADDYSHACK, Friday, August 15, 7:30 p.m.
THE WIZARD OF OZ, Saturday, August 16, 2 p.m.
ROMAN HOLIDAY, Saturday, August 16, 8 p.m.
THE AFRICAN QUEEN, Sunday, August 17, 2 p.m.

General tickets prices are $5 per individual show (including the weekend matinees). Advance passes called "Flix Tix" are good for six films and are available for $15 each.

Then from Thursday, Aug. 21 through Sunday, Aug. 24, tickets to the following films will be free to the public, courtesy of the Cleveland Foundation:

INDIANA JONES: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK Thursday, Aug. 21, 7:30 p.m. 
THE KARATE KID Friday, Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC Saturday, Aug. 23, 3 p.m.
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN Saturday, Aug. 23, 8 p.m.
THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN Sunday, Aug. 24, 2 p.m.

Tickets are required for the free movie screenings, and you can reserve up to six tickets per household per movie starting Friday, August 8 at 11am.
Tickets are sold at the Playhouse Square Center ticket window in Cleveland, all tickets.com outlets, by phone at 216-241-6000 or online at http://www.playhousesquare.org/events-tickets/cinema-at-the-square

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