Lyric Theatre summer movie series starts Saturday

Ted Ross, Diana Ross, Nipsey Russell and Michael Jackson in 'The Wiz.'

The Lyric Theatre will launch its summer movie series this Saturday (June 23, 2012) with two showings of The Wiz, the 1978 Wizard of Oz update starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.

The noon and 2:30 p.m. shows will launch a series of five Saturdays of movies, and free lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m. for the first 50 moviegoers ages 18 and younger this Saturday and July 14 and 28. Noon shows are geared to kids while 2:30 shows are geared to adults. Admission is free to all patrons.

The full series is:

July 14. Noon: Chicken Run (2000), animated comedy about chickens breaking out of a chicken farm. 2:30: The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Will Smith stars in the true story of a single father who works his way out of homelessness.

July 28. Noon:  Akeelah and the Bee (2006), an inner-city Los Angeles student tries to compete in the National Spelling Bee. 2:30: Imitation of Life (1959), a drama about a black girl who rebels against her mother and tries to pass for white.

Aug. 18. Noon: Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001), animated film that launched a Nickelodeon series. 2:30: Something the Lord Made (2005), Alan Rickman and Mos Def star in a drama about the inventor of heart bypass surgery and his gifted lab technician who struggles to receive credit for his contributions because he is black.

Sept. 8. The Great Debaters (2007), Denzel Washington stars in the story of the debate team from all-black Wiley College in Texas that faces Harvard in 1935. 2:30: Crash (2004) The Oscar-winner for best picture explores cultural clashes over a day in Los Angeles.


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