Tuesday, September 12, 2017

West End Cinema Inaugurates "Capital Classics Film Series" from 9/13 to 11/01


From our friends at Landmark TheatresWest End Cinema...

Landmark Theatres’ recently renovated West End Cinema is inaugurating  a fall “Capital Classics Film Series,” which will feature eight (8) timeless favorites from September 13th - November 1st. The series will feature one title per week, with shows scheduled on Wednesdays at 1:30 PM, 4:30 PM and 7:30 PM.

The series will offer movie fans a unique opportunity to experience some of the most cherished classics of all time on the big screen and with a live audience... as they were originally intended to be shown.


These iconic movies, including musicals “Singin’ in the Rain” and “The Wizard of Oz”, gripping dramas “Citizen Kane” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” and film noir and suspense cornerstones “North by Northwest” and “The Maltese Falcon” span various decades and genres and feature legendary star-power, illustrious direction and capture the very essence of movie magic.

Tickets can be purchased on Landmark Theatres’ website: http://bit.ly/2uEO5Ow. Adult tickets cost $12.50.

Patrons are also invited to enjoy the cinema’s HAPPY HOUR, which features specials on all glasses of beer and wine at the concessions counter from Monday through Friday from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM.

The Fall 2017 "Capital Classics Film Series" schedule includes...

THE WIZARD OF OZ” (1939)
Wednesday, September 13th at 1:30 PM, 4:30 PM, 7:30 PM

Kansas farm girl Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) is carried away by a tornado into the magical land of Oz, and must find a way to get back home, in this beloved Technicolor musical. You really haven't experienced the visceral thrills of the Emerald City, the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton), or those creepy winged monkeys, until you've seen them on our big screen! Based on the book by L. Frank Baum. Directed by Victor Fleming (Gone With the Wind.)


THE MALTESE FALCON” (1941)
Wednesday, September 20th at 1:30 PM, 4:30 PM, 7:30 PM

A gallery of high-living lowlifes will stop at nothing to get their sweaty hands on a jewel-encrusted falcon in this legendary film noir classic. Detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) wants to find out why the statuette is so desirable - and who'll take the fall for his partner's murder. Sydney Greenstreet, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Elisha Cook, Jr. join "Bogie" in this crackling mystery masterwork written for the screen (from Dashiell Hammett's novel) and directed by John Huston.


NORTH BY NORTHWEST” (1959)
Wednesday, September 27th at 1:30 PM, 4:30 PM, 7:30 PM

Cary Grant teams with director Alfred Hitchcock for the fourth and final time in this superlative espionage caper judged one of the American Film Institute's "Top 100 American Films." Grant plays a Manhattan advertising executive plunged into a realm of spy (James Mason) and counterspy (Eva Marie Saint) and variously abducted, framed for murder, chased and in another signature set piece, crop-dusted. He also holds on for dear life from the facial features of the Presidents on Mount Rushmore... but don't expect the Master of Suspense to leave star or audience hanging!


CITIZEN KANE” (1941)
Wednesday, October 4th at 1:30 PM, 4:30 PM, 7:30 PM

When 26-year-old Orson Welles was given carte blanche to make his first film, he directed, co-wrote and starred in this undeniable masterpiece. Welles plays a newspaper tycoon named Kane who has everything, but not enough to make him happy. When he dies at the very opening of the film, he utters the word “rosebud,” and Welles uses an intricate flashback structure to unravel the details of Kane’s life and discover the meaning of his final utterance. Mysterious and moving and sometimes funny, Citizen Kane is considered one of the greatest films of all time. Co-starring Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead and Ruth Warrick.


TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD” (1963)
Wednesday, October 11th at 1:30 PM, 4:30 PM, 7:30 PM

This evocative adaptation of Harper Lee's acclaimed novel is one of the best films ever made from a literary source, and one of the most beloved films of all time. Gregory Peck won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of a small town, Depression-era Southern lawyer who courageously defends a black man (Brock Peters) against a false charge of rape. Robert Duvall co-stars as "Boo" Radley. The film also won Academy Awards for Adapted Screenplay (Horton Foote) and B&W Art Direction, and received nominations for Picture, Director, Supporting Actress (Mary Badham) and Original Score (Elmer Bernstein). Directed by Robert Mulligan (Summer of ’42.)


SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN” (1952)
Wednesday, October 18th at 1:30 PM, 4:30 PM, 7:30 PM

Considered by many to be the greatest Hollywood musical ever made, Singin' in the Rain is also a classic film about cinema itself. Set during the early days of sound pictures, it traces the seismic transition from silence to speech, as a matinee idol (Gene Kelly) and his partner (Donald O'Connor) search for a voice for a shrill co-star. As chorus girl Debbie Reynolds enters the fray, a brilliant all-singing, all-dancing spectacle ensues. Shot in vibrant Technicolor, Rain is unrivaled in its visual splendor and vigorous humor. Number 5 on the AFI list of the Best American Films. Directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly.


THE PHILADELPHIA STORY” (1940)
Wednesday, October 25th at 1:30 PM, 4:30 PM, 7:30 PM

Katharine Hepburn is the snooty daughter of a wealthy Philadelphia family and about to marry for the second time. Things get hilariously complicated when her cunning ex-husband Cary Grant enters the scene with tabloid reporter James Stewart in tow. While Stewart falls helplessly in love with Hepburn, she rejects her stuffed-shirt fiancé and realizes she's still in love with Grant. One of the greatest romantic comedies ever produced, it was selected as one of the top 100 American films of all time by the prestigious American Film Institute. Nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and winner for Best Screenplay. Stewart (It's A Wonderful Life) took home an Oscar for his earnest portrayal of the smitten reporter, and Oscar-winner Hepburn (The African Queen, On Golden Pond)received her third nomination. Ruth Hussey (Northwest Passage) earned an Oscar nomination as a cynical tabloid photographer. Based on the play by Philip Barry and directed by George Cukor (Adam’s Rib, A Star is Born, The Women, My Fair Lady.)


WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?” (1962)
Wednesday, November 1st at 1:30 PM, 4:30 PM, 7:30 PM

Now regarded as a camp classic, this suspense shocker had audiences gasping upon its initial release, becoming a surprise box office smash. Bette Davis received her tenth Best Actress nomination as the demented former child star Baby Jane who torments her crippled sister Blanche, an ex-movie queen (a sympathetic Joan Crawford). Victor Buono (Best Supporting Actor nominee) co-stars. Academy Award winner for Best Costume Design (B&W). Directed by Robert Aldrich (Kiss Me Deadly, Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte.)


About West End Cinema:
Landmark Theatres re-opened the West End Cinema on Friday, July 17, 2015. Located at 2301 M Street, NW, the West End Cinema joins Landmark’s sister locations in the DC area, the E Street Cinema and Bethesda Row Cinema, and allows Landmark Theatres to bring even more films and events to the Foggy Bottom, Georgetown and Dupont Circle neighborhoods. The cinema is conveniently located three blocks north of the Foggy Bottom Metro Station on 23rd Street, NW.

In March of 2016 the theatre was extensively renovated. Each of the three auditoriums was remodeled and outfitted with oversized, plush leather seating and riser platforms, designed to provide maximum comfort. Additional enhancements included larger screens, new aisle lighting and wall-to-wall carpeting on auditorium floors. The West End Cinema also offers rotating wine and beer selections, which patrons are welcome to bring into any auditorium.