Kentucky Theatre Summer Classics 2015

A very young Drew Barrymore plants a kiss on the title character in "E.T." (1982).

A very young Drew Barrymore plants a kiss on the title character in “E.T.” (1982).

Big names! Big titles! Big action! Sumptuous romance! Hilarious comedy!

Yes, summertime is blockbuster season, when Hollywood rolls out popcorn fare and huge crowd pleasers. This year’s Summer Classics series as the Kentucky Theatre takes a similar tact, loading the lineup with some of the biggest titles in movie history, including Gone With The Wind, The Wizard of Oz and Casablanca, as well as several films Gen Xers will reluctantly acknowledge have made their ways into the classics category, including E.T. and The Princess Bride. There’s even a nod to early Millennials with the series finale.

Here’s the list, where we will attempt to not to overuse the word quintessential. As always, screenings are at 1:30 and 7:15 p.m. on Wednesdays, and admission is $6.

May 27: Blade Runner (Final Cut) (1982). Harrison Ford sci-fi thriller.
June 3: An American in Paris (1951). Gene Kelly, singing, dancing, romancing.
June 10: Casablanca (1942). Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman’s ill-fated World War II romance.
June 17: The Wizard of Oz (1939). Beware the flying monkeys.
June 24: A Night at the Opera (1935). The Marx Brothers movie, not the Queen album.
July 1: Gone With the Wind (1939). The quintessential classic.
July 8: The Princess Bride (1987). (Insert your favorite quote here.)
July 15: To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). Mid July is a perfect time to admire how Gregory Peck keeps a suit on through the entire Alabama summer.
July 22: The Sound of Music (1965). Julie Andrews!
July 29: E.T. (1982). Pretty much defined “Spielberg movie.”
Aug. 5: The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) with The Black Cat (1934). Double feature with early horror master, Boris Karloff.
Aug. 12: Charade (1963). Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn thriller.
Aug. 19: Rear Window (1954). Jimmy Stewart! Grace Kelly! Alfred Hitchcock! What more do you want?!
Aug. 26: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). Quintessential Clint Eastwood. Quintessential spaghetti western.
Sept. 2: The Big Lebowski (1998). the dude abides

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