Summer Cinema

Old Pasadena Film Festival 2011

JULY 8 - July 30,

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema (formerly the Old Pasadena Film Festival), continues the tradition as a month-long, free movie series featuring screenings in predominantly outdoor locations. Running from July 8 July 30, this annual summer film program celebrates motion picture in all of its forms offering a variety of audience-pleasing movie titles and genres. With twenty screenings, Old Pasadena Summer Cinema is the largest free open-air film festival in California!

All of the Old Pasadena Summer Cinema events are free and open to the public. Starting at 7:00pm, the Central Park screenings offer you a chance to grab your picnic provisions from one of the many options in Old Pasadena, or from select food trucks, and enjoy ambient music from local DJs before the movies screen. Bring your own chairs and blankets to Central Park. Enjoy another open-air option at One Colorado with films projected in their charming courtyard. Distant Lands, Armory Center for the Arts, and Pasadena Senior Center host screenings, as well. Seating is provided, but be sure to arrive a little early for best options.

Scroll down for a map of all screening locations.

Take advantage of the warm summer evenings and come out before the movie to dine at one of the 100 Old Pasadena restaurants all concentrated within 22 historic blocks.

Don't miss the Dance Street Studio dancers performing the Paso Doble before our screening of Strictly Ballroom on Sunday, July 24 at 7:30PM. They will offer a mini dance class for those of you who want to practice your ballroom moves before the movie.

ONE COLORADO COURTYARD - 41 Hugus Alley ~ 8:30pm
Friday, July 08               The Goonies
Saturday, July 09          The Devil Wears Prada
Friday, July 15               Cool Hand Luke
Saturday, July 16          Raising Arizona
Friday, July 22               10 Things I Hate about You
Saturday, July 23          Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Friday, July 29               The Truman Show
Saturday, July 30          Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying
                                         and Love the Bomb
CENTRAL PARK - 275 S. Raymond Avenue ~ 8:30pm
Saturday, July 09          Creature from the Black Lagoon
Sunday, July 10            Stargate
Saturday, July 16          American Graffiti
Saturday, July 23          Little Shop of Horrors (1986) CANCELLED
                                         Due to Sand Fire / City-wide Air Quality Alert
Sunday, July 24            Strictly Ballroom
Saturday, July 30          Beetlejuice
DISTANT LANDS - 20 S. Raymond Avenue ~ 8:00pm
Friday, July 08              The Darjeeling Limited
Friday, July 15              Two for the Road
Friday, July 22              Into the Wild
Friday, July 29              Touching the Void
Armory Center for the Arts - 145 N. Raymond Avenue ~ 7:00pm
Thursday, July 14         Plant This Movie
Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly Street ~ 7:00pm
Thursday, July 28         Minimalism: A Documentary about the Important Things



The Goonies (1985) PG – 114 min
One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley 8:30PM
A gaggle of tweens – the “Goonies” – go in search of the treasure of 17th century pirate One-Eyed Willy, whose alleged booty could save their families from the possible foreclosure of their homes in the “Goon Docks” of Astoria, Oregon. Developed from a Steven Spielberg story, this adventurous comedy has made its way from the 1980s into contemporary cult status; Rotten Tomatoes appreciates the film as "An energetic, sometimes noisy mix of Spielbergian sentiment and funhouse tricks that will appeal to kids and nostalgic adults alike."

The Darjeeling Limited (2007) R – 91 min
Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave.8:00PM
Director Wes Anderson’s fifth movie finds three emotionally distant brothers (played by Anderson staples Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, and Adrien Brody) traveling by train through India in an attempt to bond following their father’s death a year earlier. Through sibling spats, a visit to their mother-turned-nun in a convent, and their attendance at yet another funeral, the brothers work through despair and issues of abandonment in classic, fanciful Wes Anderson fashion.


The Devil Wears Prada - (2006) PG-13 – 109 min
One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley 8:30PM
Set in the high-falutin’ fashion world, this dramedy follows the burgeoning career of an ambitious college grad, Andrea Sachs (Anne Hathaway), who lands a job in New York City as a co-assistant to Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), the powerful and grandiose editor of a high-profile fashion magazine. Loaded with plenty of over-the-top ego and entitlement paired with million-dollar style, the film also stars Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, and Simon Baker.

Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) Approved – 79 min
Central Park, 275 S. Raymond Ave. – 7:00PM Music+Food; 8:30PM Film
Creature from the Black Lagoon is a classic monster horror film and is considered one of the last worthwhile monster movies from Universal, the studio that most enthusiastically embraced the horror genre in the 1930s and ‘40s. A scientific expedition searching for fossils along the Amazon River discovers a prehistoric Gill-Man in the legendary Black Lagoon. The explorers capture the mysterious creature, but it breaks free only to return to kidnap the lovely Kay, fiancée of one in the expedition, with whom it has fallen in love.


Stargate (1994) PG-13 – 117 min
Central Park, 275 S. Raymond Ave. – 7:00PM Music+Food; 8:30PM Film
Director Roland Emmerich’s sci-fi opus Stargate centers on an ancient ring device with cryptic hieroglyphs that serves as a portal to enable interstellar travel. Colonel Jack O'Neill joins forces with Egyptologist Daniel Jackson to travel through the stargate to see what's on the other side; they emerge on a desert planet, where they discover an enslaved workforce resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra. They assist the slaves in revolting against their oppressor and only one of the heroes returns to Earth. Both panned as an "instant camp classic" and praised for its special effects and entertainment value, the film spawned a lucrative media franchise.


Plant This Movie (2014) NR – 83 min
Conscientious Projector at Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave. – 7:00PM
Plant This Movie is an inspiring look at the evolution and impact of the international urban agriculture movement across the United States and around the world. Narrated by Daryl Hannah, director Karney Hatch’s comprehensive film traces the history of locally grown food from the Victory Gardens in the U.S. during World War II, to blighted areas of today transformed by the spread of inner city farming and community supported agriculture, providing urban dwellers with a renewed connection to nature and the methods of organic food production. Community discussion follows the film.


Cool Hand Luke (1967) PG – 126 min
One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley 8:30PM
Inspired by real-life convicted safecracker Donald Graham Garrison and based on ex-convict Donn Pearce's 1965 novel, Cool Hand Luke stars Paul Newman as Luke Jackson, a criminal who’s been sentenced to two years in a Florida chain gang prison. Despite being thrown into solitary confinement and exposed to countless penal horrors, he persists at being unbreakable. His determined bravado makes him a hero among his fellow inmates and the bane of his wardens’ existence. Apropos for its time, the anti-Establishment the film was nominated for four Academy Awards.

Two for the Road (1967) Approved – 111 min
Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave.8:00PM
Detailing a married couple who examine their twelve-year relationship while on a road trip to Southern France, the British comedy-drama Two for the Roaddirected by Stanley Donen and starring Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn became a favorite for its beautiful French setting, non-linear plot line, classic cars, and Henry Mancini score. It was recognized with countless award nominations, including BAFTA and Academy nods for writing/screenplay and a Best Motion Picture recognition from the Golden Globes for Hepburn.


American Graffiti (1973) PG – 110 min
Central Park, 275 S. Raymond Ave. – 7:00PM Music+Food; 8:30PM Film
George Lucas’s second foray into writing/directing resulted in the beloved classic American Graffiti, at once a poignant and comical retrospective inspired by his own teen years in the early 1960s in Modesto, California. Both critically and commercially successful, the film received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Featuring a who’s who from 1970s-era up-and-coming actors, the film also showcased a nostalgia for small-town America and its teen residents, who spend the last night of summer cruising, romancing, and drag racing in an attempt to keep the adult world and its responsibilities at bay for just one more night.

Raising Arizona (1987) PG-13 – 94 min
One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley 8:30PM
Love and a dark comedy blossoms when convenience store robber Herbert I. "Hi" McDunnough (Nicolas Cage) and police officer Edwina "Ed" (Holly Hunter) lock eyes through the lens of a police camera. The Coen brothers’ classic Raising Arizona spins a madcap web of the travails of Hi and Ed as they set up house in the desert, decide they want to start a family, and soon find themselves involved in kidnapping, blackmail, and the pursuit of a bounty hunter.


10 Things I Hate about You (1999) PG-13 – 97 min
One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley 8:30PM
A 20th century reiteration of Shakespeare’s 16th century comedy The Taming of the Shrew, 10 Things I Hate about Youtells the tale of a high school’s new kid, Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who has a major crush on fellow student Bianca. Bianca’s dad, however, is relentlessly strict about his daughters’ dating life and will only allow Bianca to date Cameron if her sister Kat (Julia Stiles) is also dating someone. One small catch: Kat’s not an easy sort and her temperamental disposition does not provide much allure for suitors – until bad boy Patrick (Heath Ledger) enters the picture.

Into the Wild (2007) R – 148 min
Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave.8:00PM
Directed by Sean Penn and adapted from Jon Krakauer's 1996 non-fiction book of the same name, Into the Wild follows the travels of Christopher McCandless as he eschews conventional life and embarks on a series of travels across North America, eventually making his way to the Alaskan wilderness. Critically acclaimed, the film landed on several “Top 10” lists for 2007 and was nominated for numerous acting, directing, and score awards.


Little Shop of Horrors (1986) PG – 88 min
Central Park, 275 S. Raymond Ave. – 7:00PM Music+Food; 8:30PM Film
A timid floral shop worker and his love interest; a nitrous oxide-sniffing, masochistic dentist; various shady Skid Row characters; and an increasingly menacing – and growing— carnivorous plant: It’s the zany stuff of Little Shop of Horrors, Frank Oz's delightful 1986 rock musical. The story had its first turn as a 1960 Roger Corman horror comedy, followed by a lavish 1982 Broadway musical. Its Oscar-nominated “Mean Green Mother from Outer Space” is one of 15 musical numbers; the film also got an Academy nod for Best Visual Effects, as well as Best Motion Picture Musical/Comedy and Best Original Score nominations by the Golden Globes.

Pride & Prejudice (2005) PG – 129 min
One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley 8:30PM
A 2005 redux of Jane Austen's 19th century novel Pride & Prejudice, the film finds outspoken heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley) facing the pressure of being the eldest daughter and the requisite societal push for her to marry. When Elizabeth is introduced to the handsome and ritzy Mr. Darcy (Matthew MacFadyen), the chemistry is palpable. But can Darcy’s richly reserved and proud nature be subverted in order to give the fledgling relationship wings to fly?


Strictly Ballroom (1992) PG – 94 min
Central Park, 275 S. Raymond Ave. – 7:00PM Food; 8:30PM Film
7:30PM Dance Street Studio offers Paso Doble dance demo and mini-class

His first film, Strictly Ballroom is an Australian romantic comedy directed and co-written by Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet). This wildly off-beat comedy is about a male dancer, who refuses to follow the accepted rules of ballroom dancing and creates his own style of choreography, which infuriates the ballroom dancing establishment.  Strictly Ballroom was a surprise international hit, winning over audiences and critics with its giddy blend of tongue-in-cheek humor and exhilarating dance sequences.


Minimalism: A Documentary about the Important Things (2016) NR – 79 min
Conscientious Projector at Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly Street – 7:00PM
Minimalism: A Documentary about the Important Things asks, "How might your life be better with less?" Best-selling authors Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus have made their life's work about living a meaningful life with less stuff while making room for more time, more passion, more experiences, more growth, more contribution, more contentment, and more freedom. Director Matt D’Avella follows them as they introduce us to other minimalists from many walks of life who have found joy and satisfaction in living in simplicity. Community discussion follows the film.


The Truman Show (1998) PG – 103 min
One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley – 8:30PM
Inspired by an episode of “The Twilight Zone” anddirected by Peter Weir, The Truman Show is a satirical dramedy that puts the life of Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) on a public display. His public life, however, is without his knowledge or acquiescence. The world as he knows it is actually a TV studio, with his life’s every facet and movement captured by hidden cameras and broadcast for public consumption – he’s the unwittingly subject of a reality show until he catches on and the charade is revealed. Supporting cast includes Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, and Ed Harris.

Touching the Void (2003) R – 106 min
Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave.8:00PM
Based on a 1988 book by Joe Simpson that recounts his successful but harrowing and nearly fatal descent of the 20,000 foot Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes with Simon Yates, Touching the Void was critically acclaimed, listed in the PBS' "100 Greatest Documentaries of All Time." Combining reenactments with interviews, the film won Best British Film at the BAFTA awards in 2004.


Beetlejuice (1988) PG-13 – 92 min
Central Park, 275 S. Raymond Ave. – 7:00PM Music+Food; 8:30PM Film
Embarking on Beetlejuice, director Tim Burton set out to emulate the he favored as a child and brilliantly achieved the effect using stop motion, replacement animation, prosthetic makeup, puppetry, and blue screen. The plot features a newlywed couple, killed in a freak auto accident, who discover bureaucratic backlog and a long wait list when they attempt to enter Heaven. Their ticket out of this unusual purgatory?  They must occupy their old house as ghosts for the next fifty years, sharing the space with its new and annoying occupants. The couple does their ghostly best to scare out the obnoxious interlopers but need a little expert help from a veteran “scaremeister” — a crude spirit named Beetlejuice.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
PG – 95 min

One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley – 8:30PM
Loosely based on Peter George's novel Red Alert, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is a dark comedy, directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick, that brilliantly lampoons its era’s Cold War fears of a nuclear conflict between the USSR and the US. In addition to its beloved cult status and 99% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the film received multiple Academy Awards nominations, including Best Actor for Peter Sellers, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director for Kubrick, and Best Picture. In 1989, the United States Library of Congress included it in the first group of films selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

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