Paramount Movie Classics Schedule: Spring/Summer, 2018
Box Office opens at 6:00 pm | Doors open at 7:00 pm | Curtain at 8:00 pm
FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
CITIZEN KANE (1941) - Often cited by film critics and scholars as the most influential American movie ever made, Orson Welles' 1941 motion picture debut
(at age 25) not only utilized all the techniques known to film-making at the time but also introduced new techniques such as coated lenses,
"deep focus” (where all items on screen are in focus, not just the items in the foreground), the inclusion of ceilings in sound stage shots, and the ingenious use
of camera angles (shooting up at the strong characters and down on the weak characters). Welles shared the acclaim for
these innovations by giving cinematographer Gregg Toland equal billing on the movie's credit card next to his own credits as director and producer.
Loosely based on the life of William Randolph Hearst, this is the epic story of media titan Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles), told via flashback after Kane dies at his palatial estate, Xanadu, with a single mysterious word on his lips: "Rosebud."
Kane's eventful but ultimately unsatisfying life unfolds before us, helped along by the reminiscences of Kane's oldest friend, Jed Leland (Joseph Cotten), his
mother (Agnes Moorehead), his business manager, Mr. Bernstein (Everett Sloane), his second wife, Susan (Dorothy Comingore), and Kane’s butler at Xanadu,
Raymond (Paul Stewart).
Citizen Kane was nominated for nine Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, and Best Score, though it won only for Best Writing (Herman J. Mankiewicz and Orson Welles).
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THE MALTESE FALCON
FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
THE MALTESE FALCON (1941) - A dastardly crew of crooks is in pursuit of a gold and jewel-encrusted statue of a falcon worth a king's ransom. But when private eye Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) gets involved, the stakes shift dramatically. This first motion picture directed by John Huston also featured Bogart's first starring role in a Warner Brothers film and is indisputedly one of the finest film-noir classics of all time. The movie script follows the original Dashell Hammett novel almost word-for-word and the cast delivers their lines with such
panache, it seems impossible to imagine any other actors in these roles. Nobody can toss off Sam Spade's sneering tough-guy wisecracks like Bogart. What actress other than Mary Astor as the conniving Brigid O'Shaughnessy could lie so seductively? And, of course, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Elisha Cook, Jr. play their villainous roles to absolute sinister perfection.
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No outside food or drink is permitted into the Paramount Theatre.
The full service bar offering beverages, popcorn, and other movie
snacks typically closes during the first half of the main feature.
Only snacks and drinks from the Paramount service bar are permitted in the seating area.