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Originally published Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 3:06 PM

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Romantic films ‘Harold and Maude,’ ‘Before Sunset,’ others

Screenings and events in the Seattle area include romances (“Harold and Maude,” “Before Sunrise,” Before Sunset,” “Before Midnight” and more), plus the “Woody Allen in the ’80s” series and “Fantastic Voyage: Black Presence in Sci-Fi,

Seattle Times staff

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Love is in the air this weekend, in one form or another, on area movie screens.

SIFF Cinema at the Film Center will celebrate the big day with a showing of Hal Ashby’s 1971 May-December romance “Harold and Maude,” with Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon, at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. Tickets are $8 for SIFF members, $13 general admission. Then on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16, it will show all three of Richard Linklater’s modern-romance films starring Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. “Before Sunrise” shows at 4 p.m., “Before Sunset” at 6:15 p.m. and “Before Midnight” at 8 p.m. Admission for these films is $6 for SIFF members, $11 general admission. Northwest Rooms, Seattle Center (206-324-9996 or

The “Woody Allen in the ’80s” series launches at the Grand Illusion this week with “Hannah & Her Sisters” showing Friday-Sunday, Feb. 14-16, and “Purple Rose of Cairo,” playing Sunday-Wednesday, Feb. 16-19. Series passes are $20-$40, single tickets are $5 members, $6-$8 general. 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle (206-523-3935 or

Langston Hughes African American Film Festival and EMP Museum will host “Fantastic Voyage: Black Presence in Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Technology,” a selection of short films plus the animated French feature “Kirikou and the Sorceress,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. The event will be curated by local filmmaker Zola Mumford and is included with museum admission ($14-$20). 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle (206-770-2702 or

Scarecrow Video will host a DVD pre-release party for the locally made indie horror/thriller “The Invoking” at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17. Writer/director Jeremy Berg, writer/producer John Portanova and members of the cast and crew will be on hand to discuss the film. 5030 Roosevelt Way N.E., Seattle (206-524-8554 or

The Royal Opera House’s presentation of Anthony Dowell’s staging of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” will show on area screens Thursday, Feb. 20. For locations and tickets, call 800-295-8587 or go to

And finally, you can relive those teen romance memories (they were good, right?) at Central Cinema this week with John Hughes’ 1986’s “Pretty in Pink,” with Molly Ringwald, and 1999’s “She’s All That,” with Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachel Leigh Cook. Tickets are $7 per film. 1411 21st Ave., Seattle (

Doug Knoop: or on Twitter @dougknoop

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