2012 Kentucky Theatre Summer Classics

Angela Lansbury and Laurence Harvey in the political thriller "The Manchurian Candidate," showing Aug. 15 in the Kentucky Theatre's Summer Classics Series. © AP Photo.

The Kentucky Theatre has announced its lineup for the 2012 Summer Classics series with a caveat that makes it seem 35mm film is becoming the vinyl of movie theaters.

“As you may be aware, the movie biz is in the midst of transition from 35mm film to digital projection,” the announcement says. “That’s making it harder to get good 35mm prints for theatres like the Kentucky. However…we’re not giving up, just being more creative.”

So here’s the lineup, all being shown on glorious film!

May 30: Charade (1963) – Could there be a better-looking leading couple than Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn? I think not. And they’re in Paris, in trouble.

June 6: The Wizard of Oz (1939) – Once again, if you have not seen it on the big screen, you have not seen it – and we’re not talking about your 52-inch flatscreen.

June 13: Johnny Guitar (1954) – Classic western starring Joan Crawford and Sterling Hayden.

June 20: Ghostbusters (1984) – “Dogs and Cats living together! Mass Hysteria!” One of the most quoted comedies of the 1980s returns to the big screen, and that Stay Puft marshmallow man looks really big on the big screen. (I am now putting the kibosh on the phrase “big screen” for the rest of this post.)

June 27: Annie Hall (1977) – Oscar thinks this was Woody Allen’s finest effort, as it won best picture, best director for Allen, best actress for Diane Keaton and best original screenplay for Allen and Marshall Brickman. Among the best picture contenders it beat: Star Wars. Well la di da, la  di  da.

Jimmy Stewart during his epic filibuster in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." © AP Photo.

July 4: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) – One of the great American movies with a capital A – well, we always spell America with a capital A. But seriously, could the Kentucky have picked a better film to reinforce the idea that in our democracy one person can make a difference? As the title character, Jimmy Stewart makes you want to march out of the theater and vote for him.

July 11: It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) – A crazy funny movie with a crazy star-studded cast including Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Ethel Merman, the Three Stooges and just about everyone else that was on the pop culture radar in the early 1960s.

July 18: Casablanca (1942) – Seventy years later, we still remember a kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh … and just about everything else about the Humphrey Bogart-Ingrid Bergman classic – they may be the answer to my question in the listing of the first movie.

July 25: Carousel (1956) – Not only is it a 35mm print, it’s a new 35mm print of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical starring Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones.

Aug. 1: Notorious (1946) – Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman star – OK, my question in entry one is getting challenged on a monthly basis, here – in Alfred Hitchcock’s Post-World War II thriller.

Aug. 8: Mary Poppins (1964) – Summer Classics brings back a consistent favorite for kids and their parents.

Aug. 15: The Manchurian Candidate (1962) – Yet another political classic for this election year, Laurence Harvey, Frank Sinatra, Janet Leigh and Angela Lansbury star in a thriller about the favorite son of an aristocratic American family being brainwashed into becoming an assassin for the communist party. If you only think of Lansbury as sweet Jessica Fletcher, you have to see this.

Aug. 22: Pillow Talk (1959) – The first Doris Day-Rock Hudson flick from an era when romantic comedies were family friendly, though the title does sound a little naughty.

Aug. 29: White Heat (1949) – The classic Jimmy Cagney gangster flick.

Sept. 5: The Leopard (1963) – The series ends with a classic of foreign cinema, Luchino Visconti’s epic set in 1860s Sicily starring Burt Lancaster as the Prince of Salina trying to preserve his family in the midst of upheaval.

As always, showtimes are 1:30 and 7:15 p.m., admission is $5, and all films will be shown on actual film.

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