Retro Film Series

About the Retro Film Series

(Horror, Fantasy, and Science-Fiction from 1920-1999)
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, War, Westerns, and Action-Adventure  from 1920-1999)
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, Musicals, Cult and Animation from 1920-1999)
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.

(Crime-Thrillers, Potboilers, and Melodramas from 1920-1999)
Film Noir means "dark movie, indicating a sense of something sinister and shadowy, but also expressing a style of cinematography, and with a dark twisted wit. Often adaptations of American crime novels, the classic era of film noir dates between the early 1940s and the late 1950s and contains roughly 300 or so movies in its canon. So, brace yourself. Here enters the private detective---a scarred, brooding fella who for his considerable flaws is sympathetic. And the ladies? They're brazen, sexual femme fatales, more often than not smarter, and more powerful, than the guys. Later editions will explore "Neo-noir" (Body Heat, LA Confidential), but this season will focus mainly on classic films with dark, pessimistic themes and alienated antiheroes, rain slicked streets, dark shadows and seductive dames. If you like your films hard-boiled, this is the series you've been searching for.

Retro Film Series Sponsor:






RETRO INDIVIDUAL SPONSORS who have made gifts of $50 or more between September 28, 2018 and March 28, 2019:

Film Archivist ($150+)


Jill, Mark, and Natalie Berrong

C.E. Czerniejewski

Moe Long,

Lilith M. Davis

Curtis Greeson

Heather “Honey Bunny” Hester

Holy Mountain Printing

Kevin Scott Marshall

Julie and Tom Moore

Rebecca Newton

Jeana Routh – Kevin Routh

Wright Appliance Repair

Justin and Brittany Tipper

Special Thanks January-June 2019 to Waheeda Ali, 20th Century Fox Repertory, Bret Berg, American Genre Film Archive, Liam Berney, Universal Pictures Repertory, Chris Chouinard, Park Circus Repertory, Ben Crossley-Marra, Janus Films, Eric Di Bernardo, Rialto Pictures, Jack Durwood, Paramount Pictures Repertory, Kevin Gardner, Lionsgate Repertory, Tiffany Greenwood, Swank Motion Picture Repertory, Jonathan Hertzberg, Kino Lorber Repertory, Dave Jennings, Sony Pictures Repertory, Ryan Kane, GKIDS, Sharon Lester, Rainbow Releasing, Tracey O’Brien, Criterion Pictures, Wyatt Ollestad, MPI Media, Carter Rummage, Lionsgate Pictures, David Szulkin, Grindhouse Releasing, Clemence Taillandier, Film Movement, and Imani Wilkinson, Warner Brothers Repertory.

Special Thanks July-December 2019 to Waheeda Ali, 20th Century Fox Repertory, Brian Belovarac, Janus Films, Bret Berg, American Genre Film Archive, Jason K. Buckley, Lakeshore Entertainment, Gerald Chandler, Synapse Films, Chris Chouinard, Park Circus Repertory, Michael DiCerto, Sony Pictures Classics Repertory, Jason Jackowski, Universal Pictures Repertory, Jack Durwood, Paramount Pictures Repertory, Kevin Gardner, Lionsgate Repertory, Tiffany Greenwood, Swank Motion Picture Repertory, Benn Hadland, Shout Factory, Jonathan Hertzberg, Kino Lorber Repertory, Dave Jennings, Sony Pictures Repertory, Tracey O’Brien, Criterion Pictures, Akiko Shibata, New Amsterdam Entertainment, David Szulkin, Grindhouse Releasing, Imani Wilkinson, Warner Brothers Repertory.

Friday, September 20

Thursday, October 17

Fletcher Hall
7:30pm – 9:30pm
(NR, 1920, 75 min)

Friday, October 18

Wednesday, October 30

Fletcher Hall
7:30pm – 10:00pm
(R, 1975, 100 min)

Thursday, October 31

Fletcher Hall
7:30pm – 10:00pm
(R, 1975, 100 min)

Friday, November 8

Friday, December 6

Tickets for Retro Film Series double-features are $9.50. Retro Season Passes cost $80 and are good for either January through June or July through December. Retro double-feature 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 2019 series are on sale now.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office; Retro season passes can only be purchased at the box office. The Retro Pass is $80 and is good for all Retrofantasma, RetroClassics, RetroTreasures, RetroNoir and Cinema Overdrive features from July through December 2019, plus The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari special event. Retro passes do not include RetroEpics, RetroArthouse, MysteryRealm, Mother's Day, ActionFlix or SplatterFlix film series films.




CINEMA OVERDRIVE: $7 per single feature

MOVIEDIVA FILM SERIES: $7 per single feature 









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