Retro Film Series

About the Retro Film Series

Retrofantasma
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. 

RetroClassics
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.

RetroTreasures
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.

RetroAmore
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.

RetroEpics
What is an epic movie, you ask? They're movies that both knock you for a loop and open up a space in your mind that you never knew needed light. I'm talking about movies with grand stories that justify their three-hour running lengths, and sometimes more. Seeing an epic movie in a real theater with a real audience and the smell of popcorn is an inescapable part of that experience. I have caught some of these films on TV, and they're okay that way, but when a movie is taking flight I want to see the audience buckling their seatbelts. In 2015, I'm putting the Escapism Film Festival on hold and trying something new on that same weekend. Here's a collection of eight epics that deserve to be seen in a widescreen format.  I tried to program a unique film from each genre: Westers, War, Musical, Sci-Fi, Historical, Comedy, etc. I also tried to expand the program's breadth beyond just "American" titles. Serious effort has been made to not pick obvious movies like Gone With the Wind or The Bridge Over the River Kwai, but you're the judge of whether or not I succeeded. (The dirty jobs always fall on the programmer.) Here are rare screenings of Fitzcarraldo, Das Boot, and Barry Lyndon. For those seeking something lighter and even family-friendly, dine on a banquet that serves The Sound of Music and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Pay your admission at the gate and throw yourself into this new flight like famished beggars at the feast. Indulge. The movie gods may think a little more of you.

Jim Carl
Senior Director

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

 

RetroClassics Film Series presents
It's a Teenage Wasteland
RetroTreasures Film Series presents
Cover Your Privates
The Carolina Theatre of Durham presents
Free Movies! Free Popcorn!
Retrofantasma Film Series presents
Hitchcock Slept Here
RetroAmore Film Series presents
Richard Gere: Made for Sin
RetroClassics FIlm Series presents
Ingrid Bergman: A Woman in Full
Retrofantasma Film Series presents
The Bright Blessed Day, the Dark Sacred Night
RetroClassics Film Series presents
The Pure in Heart Finds the Golden Grail
RetroTreasures Film Series presents
These Tough Old Broads
RetroEpics Film Series presents
(1981, R, 208 min)
RetroEpics Film Series presents
(1975, PG, 203 min
(1968, PG-13, 165 min)
(1963, G, 182 min)
RetroEpics Film Series presents
(1982, PG, 157 min)
RetroEpics Film Series presents
(1984, PG-13, 177 min)
RetroEpics Film Series presents
(1965, PG, 174 min)
RetroEpics Film Series presents
(1985, R, 163 min)
Retrofantasma Film Series presents
Survive the Night, Charlie Brown
RetroClassics Film Series presents
A Crack in the Universe
RetroTreasures Film Series presents
Don’t Fall in Love at the Copa
RetroAmore Film Series presents
It is Your Destiny, Luke
Retrofantasma Film Series presents
A Graveyard Smash: The Hammer Monster Mash
RetroClassics Film Series presents
Murder and a Cup of Tea
RetroTreasures Film Series presents
Mel Brooks: Free Bird Seed
Retrofantasma Film Series presents
Dude, Did You Hear Those Footsteps?
RetroAmore Film Series presents
Men are not a New Sensation
RetroTreasures Film Series presents
Going Ape
Retrofantasma Film Series presents
When the TARDIS Meets the Enterprise

Friday, July 10

Cinema One
7:00pm – 11:00pm

Friday, July 17

Cinema One
7:00pm – 11:00pm

Saturday, July 18

Fletcher Hall
2:00pm – 10:00pm

Friday, July 24

Cinema One
7:00pm – 11:00pm

Friday, July 31

Cinema One
7:00pm – 11:00pm

Friday, August 7

Cinema One
7:00pm – 11:00pm

Friday, August 28

Friday, September 4

Cinema One
7:00pm – 11:00pm

Friday, September 11

Cinema One
7:00pm – 11:00pm

Friday, September 18

Fletcher Hall
12:45pm – 4:15pm
(1981, R, 208 min)
Cinema One
1:00pm – 4:25pm
(1975, PG, 203 min
Fletcher Hall
4:45pm – 7:30pm
(1968, PG-13, 165 min)
Cinema One
5:00pm – 8:05pm
(1963, G, 182 min)
Fletcher Hall
8:00pm – 10:35pm
(1982, PG, 157 min)
Cinema One
8:30pm – 11:25pm
(1984, PG-13, 177 min)

Saturday, September 19

Cinema One
12:45pm – 3:45pm
(1984, PG-13, 177 min)
Fletcher Hall
1:00pm – 3:55pm
(1965, PG, 174 min)
Cinema One
4:15pm – 7:20pm
(1963, G, 182 min)
Fletcher Hall
4:30pm – 6:40pm
(1968, PG-13, 165 min)
Fletcher Hall
7:30pm – 10:10pm
(1985, R, 163 min)
Cinema One
7:45pm – 11:15pm
(1981, R, 208 min)

Sunday, September 20

Cinema One
3:00pm – 6:25pm
(1975, PG, 203 min
Fletcher Hall
3:15pm – 6:10pm
(1965, PG, 174 min)
Cinema One
7:00pm – 9:35pm
(1982, PG, 157 min)
Fletcher Hall
7:15pm – 9:55pm
(1985, R, 163 min)

Friday, September 25

Friday, October 2

Friday, October 9

Cinema One
7:00pm – 11:00pm

Friday, October 16

Cinema One
7:00pm – 11:00pm

Friday, October 23

Friday, November 6

Cinema One
7:00pm – 11:00pm

Friday, November 20

Friday, November 27

Cinema One
7:00pm – 11:00pm

Friday, December 4

Friday, December 11

Cinema One
7:00pm – 11:00pm

Friday, December 18

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.

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