Outdoor movies, revivals and festivals around the Sound
Revivals, festivals and special screenings for film buffs this week of Friday, July 8, include Silent Movie Mondays at the Paramount, outdoor movies (weather permitting) and the London National Theater broadcast of "Frankenstein," directed by Danny Boyle.
Seattle Times movie critic
Silent Movie Mondays at the Paramount kicks off its summer season this week, with a new twist: It will feature Monday lunchtime matinees, as well as evening screenings. This week's noon matinees are Georges Méliès' "A Trip to the Moon" (the film that inspired "Hugo") and the Charlie Chaplin shorts "One A.M." and "The Immigrant." Yes, you can bring your lunch into the Paramount; tickets are $5. This summer's evening series has the theme "Epics & Opulence" and kicks off with the 1929 drama "Piccadilly," set in a London nightclub and starring Anna May Wong. 7 p.m.; tickets are $10. Jim Riggs will accompany all programs on the theater's Mighty Wurlitzer organ. 911 Pine St., Seattle; tickets are available at the door or through www.stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
Now that it's stopped raining, there's plenty of outdoor cinema in the Seattle area this week, beginning with Fremont Outdoor Movies' annual Red, White and Dead Zombie Walk event on Saturday, which will include a "Thriller" dance, music performances and more. For information: www.fremontoutdoormovies.com. Also under the stars (or clouds) this week: "Puss in Boots" (Tuesday, Bellevue Summer Outdoor Movies in the Park at Bellevue Downtown Park; 425-452-4240 or www.intelius.com/summermovies); "Grease" (Wednesday, Movies at Marymoor Park; 206-296-8687 or www.kingcounty.gov — click on "Recreation, leisure"); "Zoolander" (Thursday, Moonlight Cinema at Redhook Ale Brewery in Woodinville; 425-483-3232 or www.redhook.com); and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (Thursday, Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park; www.epiceap.com/seattle-outdoor-movies).
Should the kids need an indoor activity this weekend, SIFF is presenting two Films4Families screenings of the charming musical/fairy tale "Enchanted," for $4 at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Uptown. Also at the Uptown at 12:30 and 3 p.m. on Saturday (and also July 14, 21, 23 and 24): the National Theater Live broadcast, brought back by popular demand, of London's National Theatre's "Frankenstein," directed by Danny Boyle and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. Tickets are $20 ($19 students/seniors, $15 SIFF members). Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle.
At the SIFF Film Center on the Seattle Center campus, the Bolshoi Ballet's new staging of "Le Corsaire" will be broadcast at 6:30 p.m. Monday (tickets are $15; $14 seniors/youth under 20, $10 SIFF members), and "The Invisibles," a collection of short documentaries about world health crises, will have a free screening at 7 p.m. Wednesday. For more information on any event at SIFF: www.siff.net or 206-324-9996.
The Historic Everett Theatre will be showing Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" series this month, in the extended director's-cut versions. "The Fellowship of the Ring" screens Friday through Sunday, "The Two Towers" July 13-15, and "The Return of the King" July 20-22. Tickets are $10 ($8 seniors/military) or $24 for the trilogy. 2911 Colby Ave., Seattle; for more information or to buy tickets, call 425-258-6766 or see everetttheatre.org.
The new venue West of Lenin starts a summer-movie series this week, with Wednesday-night screenings showcasing independent and local filmmakers. The series kicks off with Webster Crowell's sci-fi feature "Borrowing Time," screening with a short dance film by Dayna Hanson. Tickets are $5. 8 p.m., 203 N. 36th St., Seattle; for more information, see www.westoflenin.com.
Sundance Cinemas Seattle (formerly the Metro) continues its Summer Classics series with Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange," screening Wednesday only at 1:20 and 7:20 p.m., 4500 Ninth Ave. N.E., Seattle; 206-633-0050 or www.sundancecinemas.com.
Film noir comes to the Grand Illusion this week with Fritz Lang's 1953 film "The Big Heat," starring Glenn Ford as an unscrupulous cop and Gloria Grahame as a gangster's moll. It screens nightly in a new 35mm print, through Thursday. 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle; 206-523-3935 or www.grandillusioncinema.org.
And finally, this weekend's midnight movie at the Egyptian is Akira Kurosawa's 1961 samurai classic "Yojimbo," later remade as "A Fistful of Dollars." Friday and Saturday only; 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com.
Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or email@example.com