Retro Film Series
About the Retro Film Series
Admit it, you like being scared on purpose. When the shriek of a violin makes you jump, when dark shadows scurrying past a flashlight’s beam take your attention from the world, when you hear a scream at night in the distance and wonder what’s playing on the TV at your neighbor’s house, you step---for the briefest of moments---into the magic realm of scary movies. Simply put, Retrofantasma is a monthly double feature where some of the greatest and most fun scary movies ever made are playing on the big screen again. The way they were meant to be seen. With an audience that’s screaming and laughing and cheering alongside you during the ride.
Retrofantasma Classics was born in July 2010 with a William Castle double feature of 13 Ghosts and Homicidal. These monthly double-features of genre films from the 1950s through the early 1970s includes the infamous gimmickry of William Castle, the magic of Ray Harryhausen and classic monster and giant bug films. Some of these films are considered masterpieces while others are simply great “bad” movies.
Comedies and dramas from the early 30s through the mid-90s and the kitchen sink, that's what RetroTreasures is. What exactly constitutes a comedy or drama is still up in the air, but we're launching this season with a line-up of movies that gives you a good idea of where to begin. For years, fans have been requesting titles that didn't necessarily fit into Retrofantasma or RetroClassics, which are mostly intended for genre films. And as much as I like pushing the envelope with those series, I can't quite justify the inclusion of Full Metal Jacket or Some Like It Hot in either of them. You know what I'm talking about. This edition of Retro will be very similar to its forerunners. There'll be a recurring "Intro Ring", door prizes, and classic movie trailers at every program. It will even have its own theme song. Finally, here is a Retro where you can request Sixteen Candles as well as The African Queen. As RetroTreasures evolves and becomes more defined, we'll get a better understanding of where we're headed. For now, I hope you join us in exploring this exciting edition of your favorite film series.
Who knew that love stories and romances were so popular? Since 1998, I've mostly programmed Retro as a series dedicated to classic genre films. In 2014, I experimented a bit by adding movies like Dirty Dancing, Annie Hall and Moonstruck. They sold. In fact, they sold better than sure things like The Howling and An American Werewolf in London. Does this mean Retro is going all gooey? Not at all. For those who like their films with heart (rather an amputated heart), here's the film series I've been promising you. I tried to be a broad as possible in the selections for this first edition. So whether you enjoy old-fashioned three-hanky weepies like An Affair to Remember or prefer Tom Cruise in his underwear in Risky Business, hopefully there's something here for you to enjoy.
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Tickets for Retro Film Series double features are $9 for both films. Films are not sold individually. Retro passes are available at the beginning of each new season. New seasons begin each January and July.
Tickets and passes for the January-June 2015 series are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office; Retro passes can only be purchased at the box office. The Retro Pass is $75 and is good for all Retro series from January through June.