The historic Drexel Theatre, recently reopened after undergoing a $2.5 million renovation, is launching America’s Greatest Films, a new film series offering free screenings of some of the country’s most beloved classic films. Made possible through the generous support of PNC, the series will begin Tuesday, December 6, and screen one film on the first Tuesday of each month. Each presentation will include an introduction and post-film Q&A by Jonathan Sherman, associate professor of film at Kenyon College. Admission is free.
“This is our give-back to the community for saving the theatre,” stated Richard Stoff, Chairman of Friends of the Drexel. “Each of these films is on the honor roll of the American Film Institute’s 100 greatest American films of all time. Our goal over the next few years is to screen all 100 of them free of charge, and we’re thrilled that PNC has made this possible for the first year of the series. On behalf of the Drexel board, we thank our friends, neighbors, and public sector partners for restoring this cultural jewel lighting up Main Street each night.”
2016-17 AMERICA’S GREATEST FILMS
All screenings are held at the Drexel Theatre, 2254 E. Main St., Columbus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Screening begin at 7 p.m. First come, first served. Admission is free.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Heinreid
“Here’s looking at you, kid.” Winner of three Oscars including Best Picture, Casablanca topped the American Film Institute’s list of America’s Greatest Love Stories. Bogart and Bergman sizzle as star-crossed lovers fighting an ill-fated and powerful attraction while caught in a web of WWII politics, espionage, and deceit.
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart
In this classic romantic comedy, a Philadelphia socialite (Hepburn) must decide who she truly loves after splitting with her husband (Grant), preparing to wed another wealthy man, and crossing paths with a prying yet charming reporter (Stewart).
The French Connection (1971)
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider
Based on the 1969 non-fiction book of the same name, this gritty police drama portrays two tough New York City narcotics detectives plotting to intercept a large shipment of heroin from France. Often considered to contain one of the greatest car chases in movie history, this five-time Oscar winner was the first R-rated film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
The Apartment (1960)
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Jack Lemmon, Fred MacMurray, Shirley MacLaine
In this five-time Oscar winner directed by Billy Wilder, an insurance company employee (Lemmon) tries to rise in the ranks by lending his Upper West Side apartment to company bosses for trysts, but finds that things get complicated when his own romance get tangled into the mix.
Schindler’s List (1993)
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes
Based on a true story, director Steven Spielberg depicts the world of greedy German businessman Oskar Schindler (Neeson) operating a Jewish-staffed factory in German-occupied Poland during WWII. When the Nazi party begins the extermination of Jews in the city, Schindler shields his staff from death to keep his business in operation and protect his fortune, but soon realizes his motives have changed to saving innocent lives. Winner of seven Oscars.
Annie Hall (1977)
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane, Shelley Duvall, Christopher Walken
This four-time Oscar-winning romantic comedy documents love in the ‘70s as it traces the relationship between New York comedian Alvy Singer (Allen) and his equally neurotic girlfriend Annie Hall (Keaton) from their very first meeting.
Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1954)
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey
A freelance photographer, confined in his apartment with a broken leg and telephoto lens, spies on his Greenwich Village neighbors in this witty and macabre tale of voyeurism and murder.
West Side Story (1961)
Tuesday, July 11, 2017*
Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer
Leonard Bernstein’s landmark “Romeo and Juliet” musical moved from Broadway to Hollywood and won ten Academy Awards. Rival gangs and star-crossed lovers sing haunting melodies and memorable anthems, including “Maria,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty,” and “Somewhere.”
*Screening will be the second Tuesday of the month due to the 4th of July holiday.
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Jon Voight, Dustin Hoffman
In this winner of three Oscars including Best Picture, Texas dishwasher Joe Buck (Voight) moves to NYC to make his fortune as a hustler, but the player is soon played by a crippled crook named Enrico Salvatore “Ratso” Rizzo (Hoffman). The unlikely pair eventually team up to double their hustle and survive the Big Apple, and in the process, develop a profound friendship.
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon
On the run from the Chicago mob, unemployed musicians Curtis and Lemmon disguise themselves as women and join an all-girl band. This sidesplitting comedy from director Billy Wilder is a national treasure which features a memorably campy Monroe as a ukulele-playing vocalist.
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Danny Aiello, Giancarlo Esposito
Racial tensions rise when a Brooklyn pizzeria’s Wall of Fame featuring famous Italian actors becomes the focus of the primarily black neighborhood. Believing the pizzeria should showcase famous black actors because of its location, the wall becomes a symbol of racism and hate to the neighborhood.
Double Indemnity (1944)
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson
Recipient of seven Oscar nominations, Billy Wilder’s brilliant film noir follows a likeable insurance agent seduced by the ultimate Femme Fatale into committing a murder for lust and personal gain.
Citizen Kane (1941)
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Orson Welles, Agnes Moorehead, Joseph Cotten
This ground-breaking tale about an eccentric newspaper tycoon bears a striking resemblance to the life of William Randolph Hearst. Shocking to audiences when first released, it is now registered as a national treasure with the Library of Congress.
All film titles are subject to change.
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