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Originally published Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:03 PM

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Classics, Czech films, ‘Space Invaders’

Several new series are rolling at Seattle-area theaters, including “The Spectacular Classics” (“Dazed and Confused” and more) at the Harvard Exit and the “American Comedy Classics” at Seattle Art Museum.

Seattle Times staff

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It could be because the Egyptian is now closed, or maybe because it’s summer and there seem to be movies everywhere, but several new series are showing up around the Seattle area at familiar places.

Landmark Theatres is in the second week of its “The Spectacular Classics” series with Richard Linklater’s “Dazed and Confused” (1993) screening on Tuesday, Cameron Crowe’s “Almost Famous” (2000) on July 23 and John Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club” (1985) on July 30. All screenings are at 7 p.m. at the Harvard Exit, 807 E. Roy St., Seattle. Tickets are $8-$10.50 (206-323-0587 or www.landmarktheaters.com).

Seattle Art Museum’s “American Comedy Classics” series began Thursday, but you can still catch the rest of the films, which include “It Happened One Night,” “Twentieth Century,” “The Awful Truth,” “Ball of Fire” and “The Solid Gold Cadillac.” Screenings are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 15 at Plestcheeff Auditorium, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle. Prorated series tickets run from $35 for SAM, SIFF, NWFF and TheFilmSchool members and $37 general admission (206-654-3121 or www.seattleartmuseum.org).

Over at SIFF Cinemas at the Uptown this weekend, there is the “Czech That Film Festival” that includes “Perfect Days,” “Innocence,” “Made in Ash,” “Alois Nebel,” “The House,” “Gypsy” and “In the Shadow.” All films are in Czech, with English subtitles. 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle. Tickets are $6 for SIFF members, $11 general admission, per film (206-324-9996 or www.siff.net).

“Seattle Retro Gaming Expo Movie Nights” is also happening at the Uptown. “Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters” plays at 9 p.m. Friday and “The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time” at 9 p.m. Saturday. 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle. Tickets are $6 for SIFF members, $11 general admission, per film (206-324-9996 or www.siff.net).

“He Walked by Night” is the last of the “Second Saturday Film Series” for the summer (the series will return in the fall). The 1948 film noir stars Richard Basehart, Scott Brady and Jack Webb. It will screen at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Eagle Room, Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, Issaquah, free (425-837-3024 or www.issaquahwa.gov).

Or you could head on over to the Historic Everett Theatre, where you can meet the cast and crew of the locally made mystery/drama “The Imagination Thief” on Friday and Saturday. The film screens at 7 p.m. both days, and organist Sharon Steames will play before the show. 2911 Colby Ave., Everett. Tickets are $6-$10 (425-258-6766 or www.historiceveretttheatre.org).

And if you were dying for another anthology of gruesome, bloody, “found footage” short horror films, the Grand Illusion has a late-night screening for you. The sequel “V/H/S 2” will screen at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle. Tickets are $5 for members, $6-$8 general (206-523-3935 or www.grandillusioncinema.org). I reviewed the original film when it premiered last fall. Spoiler alert: It was not my cup of ... um ... tea.

Doug Knoop: dknoop@seattletimes.com or on Twitter @dougknoop

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