SERIES AT A GLANCE
All shows $9.50 general admission, $7.50 w/college ID; $6.50 seniors & children under 12. All shows before 5:00 PM are $7.50 bargain matinees.

Fri 3/7 Special Super Fun Screening Presented by Harmonix at 7:15!
Rock'n'Roll High School
5:00, 7:15, 10:00

Sat 3/8 Double Feature!
Desperately Seeking Susan
7:15
Fast Times At Ridgemont High
5:00, 9:30

Sun 3/9Double Feature!
This Is Spinal Tap
3:00, 7:15
Roadie
5:00, 9:15

Mon 3/10Double Feature!
Repo Man
7:30
Class Of 1984
5:30, 9:30

Tue 3/11 Purple Rain
4:45, 7:15, 9:45

Wed 3/12 Flash Gordon
7:00
Streets Of Fire
5:00, 9:30

Thu 3/13
Stop Making Sense
8:00, 10:00
Repertory Series
The 80s Rock!
Friday, March 7 - Thursday, March 13, 2008

As anyone who lived through them can attest, the 1980s was a rock'n'roll decade. Building on the experimentation of the 70s, rock in the 80s exploded into a crystalline formation that encompassed everything from punk to new wave to pop metal to roots rock to rap and beyond. It saw the birth of some of the most famous performers since Elvis and the Beatles - Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince, etc - and, with the emergence of MTV, pop music became more entwined than ever before in the visual arts. Nowhere is this more evident than in the films that came out during this time. This series highlights some of the most beloved - and strangest - of the marriages between rock music and the movies. From star-driven vanity projects like DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN and PURPLE RAIN, to films where the soundtrack is as much a character as the characters - REPO MAN, STREETS OF FIRE - to films that envision a punk piano prodigy terrorizing his high school (CLASS OF 1984) or a world where Queen can score a space opera (FLASH GORDON). This series is going to be totally awesome!

FILM DESCRIPTIONS:
fri 3/7 at 5:00, 7:15, 10:00 Special Super Fun Screening!
Harmonix Presents

Rock'n'Roll High School
(1979) dir Allan Arkush w/The Ramones, P.J. Soles, Vincent Van Patten, Clint Howard, Mary Woronov, Paul Bartel [93 min]

Special giveaways from HARMONIX, makers of Rock Band and Guitar Hero, at tonight's 7:15 show!

Welcome to Vince Lombardi High where the three R's stand for Rock, Roll & Riot!" Riff Randell (Soles), the coolest kid at Lombardi, is a Ramones superfan and enlists the band's help in taking on the new rock-music-hating principal Miss Togar (Woronov). Made at the tail end of the 70s, the explosive finale of the film seems like the unruly birth of the 80s given a visual representation.

Original Trailer
Sat 3/8 at 7:15Double Feature w/FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH
Desperately Seeking Susan
(1985) dir Susan Seidelman w/Rosana Arquette, Madonna, Aidan Quinn [104 min]

Wear your best 80s Rock inspired outfit and get in for just $5 - totally awesome!

80s pop goddess Madonna has made many screen appearances (some more dubious than others) but this is, unquestionably, one of her best. Playing what is essentially the onscreen equivalent to her brassy, fun-loving public persona of the time, Madonna is the titular Susan, a New York free spirit who has an unexpected effect on the life of amnesiac everygirl Roberta (Arquette).

Original Trailer
Sat 3/8 at 5:00, 9:30Double Feature w/DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN
Fast Times At Ridgemont High
(1982) dir Amy Heckerling w/Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus, Brian Backer, Phoebe Cates, Ray Walston [90 min]

Aloha Mr. Hand! It's high school all over again as Judge Reinhold searches for love and sex (not necessarily in that order), Sean Penn searches for pot, and everyone hangs out at the mall. Never has the music of The Cars been used to such an alluring effect.

Original Theatrical Trailer
Sun 3/9 at 3:00, 7:15Double Feature w/ROADIE
This Is Spinal Tap
(1984) dir Rob Reiner w/Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner, Fran Drescher [82 min]

This satiric, hilarious chronicle of an aging British heavy metal band is a milestone of mockumentary filmmaking. SPINAL TAP is, obviously a complete parody of bloated rock stardom, and yet... and yet... there's something heartbreakingly earnest about it at the same time.

Original Trailer
Sun 3/9 at 5:00, 9:15Double Feature w/THIS IS SPINAL TAP
Roadie
(1980) dir Alan Rudolph w/Meat Loaf, Kaki Hunter, Art Carney [106 min]

Altman devotee Alan Rudolph delivers this bizarre, almost-fantasy about a supernaturally handy handyman (Meat Loaf) who hooks up with a rock band on tour and becomes the ultimate ROADIE. Steeped in the rock theatrics of the late-70s, ROADIE features appearances by Blondie (in a fight with little people?!), Roy Orbison, Alice Cooper, and a scene-stealing performance by Soul Train's Don Cornelius as a pompous promoter.

Original Trailer
Mon 3/10 at 7:30Double Feature w/CLASS OF 1984
Repo Man
(1984) dir Alex Cox w/ Emilio Estevez, Harry Dean Stanton, Tracey Walter, Olivia Barash, Dick Rude [92 min]

Often quoted, but rarely completely understood, this punk rock classic tells the story of young Otto (Estevez) who becomes a repo man and gets taken under the wing of grizzled old-timer, Bud (Stanton). Soon, the proverbial 'big score' looms in the form of a '64 Chevy Malibu with a mysterious cargo in its trunk and Bud and Otto dream of striking it rich by tracking it down.

Original Trailer
Mon 3/10 at 5:30, 9:30Double Feature w/REPO MAN
Class Of 1984
(1982) dir Mark L. Lester w/Perry King, Timothy Van Patten, Merrie Lynn Ross, Roddie McDowall [98 min]

CLASS OF 1984 dares to imagine a world where a high school can be terrorized by a bunch of punk rock drug-dealers, the leader of which happens to be a musical prodigy. Music teacher Andrew Norris (schlockmeister Perry King) tries to stand up to the punks and escalates the confrontation into a crescendo of a climax. Featuring songs by Fear and Alice Cooper, Roddy McDowall as a washed up rummy, and a brief appearance from Michael J. Fox - until he gets stabbed in the gut.

Original Trailer
Tue 3/11 at 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Purple Rain
(1984) dir Albert Magnoli w/Prince, Morris Day, Apollonia [111 min]

Featuring performances of colossal dance hits like "Let's Go Crazy", the titular "Purple Rain" and "I Would Die 4 You" this 80s musical sensation is part stellar music video and part cult-camp classic. Set in Prince's real hometown of Minneapolis, Purple Rain chronicles "the Kid's" (Prince) struggles to keep his band The Revolution together and seduce Apollonia, the new beauty in town. The Kid must also overcome a tense home life and musical competitor The Time, headed by Morris Day. Pure 80s in both its music and completely over-the-top characters and narrative, Purple Rain is not to be missed.

Original Trailer
Wed 3/12 at 7:00Double Feature w/STREETS OF FIRE
Flash Gordon
(1980) dir Mike Hodges w/Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow, Topol, Timothy Dalton, Brian Blessed [111 min]

More glam than a David Bowie fever dream, FLASH GORDON is the epic, rock'n'roll space adventure of Flash, an all American boy, who finds himself shot into space and in conflict with the nefarious Ming The Merciless on the far-off planet of Mongo. Flash must defeat the tyrant lest the Earth, and his sweetheart Dale Arden, fall into Ming's grasp! Set to a soaring, legendary score by Queen and Howard Blake, FLASH GORDON is a spectacular synthesis between disco, retro, sci-fi and rock'n'roll.

Original Trailer
Wed 3/12 at 5:00, 9:30Double Feature w/FLASH GORDON
Streets Of Fire
(1984) dir Walter Hill w/Michael Paré, Diane Lane, Willem Dafoe, Rick Moranis, Amy Madigan, Bill Paxton, Lee Ving, Robert Townsend, Ed Begley Jr. [93 min]

STREETS OF FIRE is a guiltily entertaining slice of 80s retro from director Walter Hill (The Warriors). B-movie master Michael Paré stars as Tom Cody, a hired gun who returns to his retro-futuristic, Detroit-esque hometown only to find that a biker gang led by a typically sinister Willem Dafoe has kidnapped his girlfriend (Lane). Do I have to mention that the final showdown between Paré and Dafoe takes the form of a streetfight... with sledgehammers.

Original Trailer
thu 3/13 at 8:00, 10:00Stop Making Sense
(1984) dir Jonathan Demme w/The Talking Heads [88 min]

Big suits unite! Jonathan (Silence Of The Lambs) Demme and the Talking Heads created this essential concert film and posed the questions: "Why stop making sense? Why a movie? Why a big suit? Where do the odd movements come from? What will the band do next?" Who cares that they never really answer them since the music and the movie are so infectiously groovy! Grab a seat and sing-a-long on this fantastic ride, from the solitary David Byrne announcing "I've got a tape I want to play" before launching into a cassette-and-acoustic-guitar version of "Psycho Killer" to the triumphant, gospel-tinged finale of "Take Me To The River.

Original Trailer

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