ADAM’S RIB March 14-15
Directed by George Cukor
Starring Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday 1949, black & white, 100 minutes, Not Rated
Successful attorney Amanda Bonner (Hepburn) decides to defend Doris (Holliday), who stands accused of the attempted murder of her husband and his mistress, while Bonner’s husband (Tracy) signs on as the prosecuting attorney. The sensational trial that ensues finds them sitting on opposing sides of the courtroom--and the dinner table.
cinema in the opulent atmosphere of Abilene’s landmark theatre. The Paramount, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1930, and 83 years later is still celebrating the magic of film.
THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES April 11-12
Directed by William Wyler
Starring: Myrna Loy, Frederic March, Dana Andrews 1946, black & white, 168 minutes, Not Rated
MISTER ROBERTS January 10-11
Directed by John Ford, Mervyn LeRoy
Starring: Henry Fonda, James Cagney, Jack Lemmon
Widely considered the most powerful film ever made about soldiers returning from war, this William Wyler classic follows three World War II vets, Homer, Al, and Fred, as they return to small-town America and try to come to terms with their experiences. Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
1955, color, 123 minutes, Not Rated A hilarious and heartfelt military comedy-drama directed by John Ford and Mervyn LeRoy, the film stars Henry Fonda as an officer who’s yearning for battle but stuck in the backwaters of World War II on a non-commissioned Navy ship run by the bullying Capt. Morton (James Cagney). Jack Lemmon enjoys the star-making turn as the freewheeling Ensign Pulver and William Powell performs his final film role.
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S May 9-10
Directed by Blake Edwards
Starring: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Mickey Rooney 1961, color, 115 minutes, Rated G
LES MISÉRABLES February 14-15
Directed by Tom Hooper
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter
A lonely, struggling writer (Peppard) becomes enchanted with his neighbor (Hepburn), an independent young woman who strives to be a high-climbing socialite with a penchant for high-fashion and wild parties. But soon, he discovers the vulnerability she has at heart. Nominated for five Academy Awards, and winner of Best Original Song for “Moon River.”
2012, color, 157 minutes, Rated PG-13
The musical version of Victor Hugo’s epic tale of love and sacrifice, first produced for the stage in 1985, now receives the big-screen treatment. The bloody era of the French Revolution is the backdrop to Jean Valjean’s long struggle for redemption. Nominated for eight Academy Awards and winner of three including Best Supporting Actress.
THE AFRICAN QUEEN June 6-7
Directed by John Huston
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn 1951, color, 105 minutes, Not Rated Charlie Allnut (Bogart), the booze-guzzling, rough-hewn captain of a brokendown East African riverboat, teams with a straitlaced, iron-willed missionary (Hepburn) to take on a menacing German gunboat during World War I. Nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Actor and Best Actress.
352 Cypress St., Abilene, TX
Directed by Gene Kelly
Directed by James Wan
1969, color, 146 minutes, Rated G
2013, color, 112 minutes, Rated R
Starring: Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford Composer Jerry Herman’s Tony Award-winning Broadway musical gets its big screen production in this lavish film featuring Barbra Streisand as matchmaker Dolly Levi. When wealthy merchant Horace Vandergelder (Matthau) hired Dolly to find a mate for him, she decides to win him over for herself. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor As our special Halloween film, we offer this truly terrifying film from director James Wan. Based on true events, this spine-chiller tells the story of a New England family who begins having encounters with spirits in their farmhouse, and the paranormal experts who help them do battle with the supernatural force. See this one with an audience!
THE WIZARD OF OZ
Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen
Directed by Victor Fleming
1963, color, 127 minutes, Not Rated.
1939, black & white, color, 103 minutes, Not Rated
Based on Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” this rollicking western stars John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara! Based on trumped-up adultery charges, Katherine McLintock left her husband, George (Wayne), two years ago--and she’s still steaming. So what’s a wronged man to do? Come to the aid of a beautiful widow of course!
There’s no place like home for Dorothy (Garland). who’s been swept away from her farm in Kansas to a wonderful land of munchkins, flying monkeys, and different colored horses. To find her way home, she must follow the Yellow Brick Road to the all-knowing Wizard of Oz. This true American classic is the perfect holiday family event.
INDIANA JONES and the LAST CRUSADE
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
Directed by Steven Spielberg Starring: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix 1989, color, 127 minutes, Rated PG-13
Directed by Frank Capra Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore 1946, black & white, 132 minutes, Not Rated
Fedora and whip at the ready, Indiana Jones (Ford) sets off on his third cinematic adventure accompanied by none other than his father, Henry (Connery), to explore the cradle of civilization on a perilous hunt for the Holy Grail--which the Nazis are also after. Nominated for three Academy Awards.
It’s a wonderful film! Frank Capra’s inverted take on A Christmas Carol stars the beloved Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, a good man who’s spent a lifetime giving up on his dreams in order to keep life in his small town humming. When a guardian angel finds a despondent George poised to jump off a bridge, he shows him what life would have been like had he never been born.
Starring: John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Patrick Wayne
Starring: Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Directed by Henry King
1958, color, 129 minutes, Rated PG
1956, color, 128 minutes, Not Rated
One of director Hitchcock’s darkest and most compelling suspense films tells the story of a police detective (Stewart) who has a crippling fear of heights--and an all-consuming obsession with a married woman. When an old friend asks him to tail his wife (Novak), the detective is drawn into a vortex of deceit and murder. Recently named the “best film of all time” by the British Film Institute.
Start your New Year’s Eve celebration early with this classic musical. This nontypical 1950s production takes an abusive, low-life carny barker (MacRae) and gives him one last chance to make things right with his wife (Jones) and newborn daughter. Vibrant, gritty, and inspirational, the film feature’s the show-stopping song, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
October 10-11 Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak
Starring: Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Cameron Mitchell
Please note: All films subject to change based on availability.
Published on Dec 1, 2013