Retro Film Series
About the Retro Film Series
(Horror, Sci-Fi, and Action-Adventure from 1930-1995)
Genre movies should be fun to watch, plain and simple. For that, they need to have all the other ingredients of a good movie. A compelling story to pull us in. Intriguing characters whose fate we must know, and movie makers who respect their audience and have something to say. Just when we think we have the plot all figured out, a good genre movie throws us for a loop and leaves us gasping. A new revelation is exposed, with startling implications. Or a character is not what he or she appears to be. Even directors whom aren’t really considered as genre directors have contributed some of their best work in the form of the genre movie. Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and Steven Spielberg’s Jaws are not only some of the best genre films ever made, but also some of the best movies ever made, period.
(Dramas, Westerns, and Mystery-Thrillers from 1930-1995)
Some of the best movies ever made don’t contain a single moment of special effects. It’s all about a good story that can make you think, reflect, feel, and react emotionally. If the movie doesn’t have a juicy, complex, emotional, heart-wrenching, personal, intelligent, connectable theme for the audience, it’s dead in the water. The human adventure has illuminated films that sometimes make us laugh, tremble or nod in recognition. Whether set in the Old West, a deserted island with ten strangers, or a simple Chicago suburb, there’s something commercial about these films; something that connects instead of detracts. And this is what a good dramatic movie should do.
(Comedies and Musicals from 1930-1995)
The old adage is true: Drama is easy, but comedy is hard. Moviegoers love to laugh, but not everyone has the same sense of humor. Not everyone likes it when someone bursts into song in front of them, either. A good comedy or musical has characters people can relate to and come off as genuine. They can range from the light-hearted satires to the absurd. While comedies can gain material from serious life situations, most end happily and resolve any conflicts that arise throughout the film. What’s the purpose of this series? To leave the theatre feeling happy.
(Romance and Love Stories from 1930-1995)
Back before there were movies, there were fairy tales that ended with “happily ever after.” Everybody has fallen in love or had some kind of heartbreak. Not everyone has a story that’s like an action or horror movie. A great love story happens when complex characters find themselves caught up in complicated situations while dealing with emotions and psychoses strong enough to lead them around by the nose. There’s something powerful about a movie that can reduce a grown-up to tears---or an audience of grown-ups. For those who like their films with heart (rather than an amputated heart), here's the film series we've been promising you.
(Movies 3+ hours or longer in all genres from 1930-1995)
Epic Movies are movie movies. These movies are what make Hollywood Hollywood. These movies are so big they need italic emphasis. They can’t even be described with sentences that don't end in an exclamation mark! We’re talking about movies with grand stories that justify their three-hour running lengths, and sometimes more. Even their poster art is epic! As screenwriter Randall Wallace once wrote, “To qualify as epic, a story must have the universality of myth, the enchantment of saga. So an epic is more than a cracking good tale; it tells us something we'll always remember; it makes us walk out of a theater and whisper into our own hearts, "I'm changed."’
Special Thanks to Chris Chouinard at Park Circus Repertory, Eric Di Bernardo at Rialto Pictures, Jack Durwood at Paramount Pictures Repertory, Paul Ginsberg at Universal Pictures Repertory, Tiffany Greenwood at Swank Motion Pictures, Dave Hansen at 20th Century Fox Repertory, Michael Lane at Sony Pictures Repertory, Leah Rubin at Warner Brothers Repertory and Lucki Stipetic at Werner Herzog Film
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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 July-December 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 Retrofantasma, RetroClassics, RetroTreasures and RetroAmore series from July through December, 2015.