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  • Admission at the Saturday morning kids matinees and the Wednesday morning classic matinees is 25 cents – the same price the State (then called the Lyric Theater) charged when it opened in 1916.
  • Tuesday is free popcorn day! Patrons may get a free small popcorn when attending any regularly priced movie at the State and Bijou on Tuesday.
  • Friday Night Flicks (cool and edgy films that play between 10 pm and 12 midnight on Friday) are just $3 or two for $5!
  • The State and Bijou box offices are open from one hour before the first show until approximately 9 pm daily.

LOVE & MERCY
Scheduled to Return Thursday, August 6

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2015/USA/PG-13/121 min
Director: Bill Pohlad
Cast: John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks

Bill Pohlad’s “Love & Mercy,” a biopic of Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, focuses on two distinct periods in the songwriter’s life. One timeline follows Wilson (played as a younger man by Paul Dano) as he quits performing live in order to focus on the creation of the album Pet Sounds, the single “Good Vibrations,” and the eventually discarded album Smile. During this period of intense work, Wilson’s mental-health issues grow worse. The other section of the film features John Cusack as an older Wilson, as he attempts to escape the influence of a manipulative doctor (Paul Giamatti) who has become a totalitarian guru to him. Helping him in this endeavor is a car saleswoman named Melinda (Elizabeth Banks).

“’Love & Mercy’ captures with striking immediacy the unbound power of the artist in his element.”
- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

“Its daring dive into the mind of Brian Wilson feels right. God only knows (to borrow a Pet Sound song title or two), but you still believe in . . . Brian.”
- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

“It’s difficult to make a visually dynamic movie about people listening. But that’s precisely what Pohlad has done with both sensitivity and audaciousness, on the one hand attuning his protagonist to the music of the spheres, and on the other bearing witness to his deepest isolation and sadness.”
-Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

“It’s a remarkable movie, the first of 2015 that I can’t wait to see and hear again.”
- Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times

“The beauty, and the horror, of Bill Pohlad’s exhilarating and inventive ‘Love & Mercy’…is the sense it gives us of the world passing through Brian Wilson’s ears.”
- Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice

“Love & Mercy doesn’t claim to solve the mystery of Brian Wilson, but it succeeds beyond all expectation in making you hear where he was coming from.”
- A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“Musically, the film is a miracle, right and riveting in every detail.”
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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EARTH TO ECHO
Playing Thursday, August 6 and Saturday, August 8 at 10:00 am – 25¢ Kids Matinee

2014/USA/PG/91 min
Director: Dave Green
Cast: Teo Halm, Astro, Reese Hartwig

In Relativity’s PG summer family adventure movie, Tuck, Munch and Alex are a trio of inseparable friends whose lives are about to change. Their neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys begin receiving a strange series of signals on their phones. Convinced something bigger is going on, they team up with another school friend, Emma, and set out to look for the source of their phone signals. What they discover is something beyond their wildest imaginations: a small alien who has become stranded on Earth. In need of their help, the four friends come together to protect the alien and help him find his way home. This journey, full of wonder and adventure, is their story, and their secret.

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BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II
Playing Friday, August 7 – Time TBD – Friday Night Flicks – Tickets $3 or 2 for $5

1989/USA/PG/108 min
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

Things settled from the excitement and resolve of the original “Back to the Future,” when in pops that crazy inventor Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) with news that in order to prevent a series of events that could ruin the McFly name for posterity, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox ) and his girlfriend are whisked into the future to the year 2015, where Marty must tangle with a teen rogue named Griff, who’s obviously the descendant of Biff, the first Future film’s bully. Marty foils Griff and his group when he jumps on an air-foil skateboard that flies him through town at rakish speeds with the loser bullies beaten again. Marty gets a money-making brainstorm before hopping in the time-traveling DeLorean, and he purchases a sports almanac. He figures that back in 1985 he’ll be able to place sure-fire bets using the published sports scores of the games that are yet to happen. Unfortunately for Marty, Dr. Brown disapproves of his betting scheme — he feels too much messing with time is very dangerous — and he tosses the almanac. A hidden Biff overhears the discussion about the almanac, sees it get tossed out, and grabs it. Thus begins a time-traveling swirl to make the head spin.

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KIT KITTREDGE: AN AMERICAN GIRL
Playing Tuesday, August 11, Thursday, August 13 and Saturday, August 15 at 10:00 am – 25¢ Kids Matinee

2008/USA/G/101 min
Director: Patricia Rozema
Cast: Abigail Breslin, Julia Ormond, Chris O’Donnell

Producer Julia Roberts brings the American Girl brand to the big screen for the very first time with this inspirational tale concerning a nine-year-old girl named Kit Kittredge (Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin) growing up during the Great Depression. Though the American Girls have previously appeared on the small screen in Samantha: An American Girl Holiday, Felicity: An American Girl Adventure, and Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front, Kit’s adventure marks the very first major theatrical endeavor for the characters created by author Valerie Tripp.

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BEING THERE
Playing Wednesday, August 12 at 10:30 am – 25¢ Wednesday Classic Matinee –

1979/USA/PG/130 min
Director: Hal Ashby
Cast: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas

In this provocative comic fable, Peter Sellers is brilliant as a slow-witted, childlike gardener who becomes homeless when his employer dies. Although the gardener’s only knowledge of the world comes from watching television, his simpleminded pronouncements are perceived as profound insights, and he is seriously considered as a Presidential candidate.

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CLUE
Playing Friday, August 14 – Time TBD – Friday Night Flicks – Tickets $3 or 2 for $5

1985/USA/PG/94 min
Director: Jonathan Lynn
Cast: Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry and Madeline Kahn

In this spoof of McCarthy-era paranoia and 1950s wholesomeness, the characters and plot are drawn from the popular Parker Brothers board game of the same name. On a dark and stormy night in 1954, six individuals with ties to Washington are assembled for a dinner party at the swanky mansion of one Mr. Boddy (Lee Ving). Boddy’s butler, Wadsworth (Tim Curry), assigns each guest a colorful name: Mr. Green (Michael McKean), Col. Mustard (Martin Mull), Mrs. Peacock (Eileen Brennan), Professor Plum (Christopher Lloyd), Miss Scarlet (Lesley Ann Warren), and Mrs. White (Madeline Kahn). Two additional servants, the Cook (Kellye Nakahara) and Yvette, the maid (Colleen Camp), assist Wadsworth as he informs the guests that they have been gathered to meet the man who has been blackmailing them: Mr. Boddy. When Boddy turns up dead, however, the guests must try to figure out who killed him so they can protect their own reputations and keep the body count from growing. Three separate endings were filmed for Clue and shown in different theaters; all three are will be shown for this screening.

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HOME
Playing Tuesday, August 18, Thursday, August 20 and Saturday, August 22 at 10:00 am – 25¢ Kids Matinee

2015/USA/PG/94 min
Director: Tim Johnson
Cast: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin

When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word HOME.

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THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
Playing Wednesday, August 19 at 10:30 am – 25¢ Wednesday Classic Matinee –

1956/USA/NR/120 min
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda de Banzie

The debate still rages as to whether Alfred Hitchcock’s 1956 remake of “The Man Who Knew Too Much” is superior to his own original 1934 version. This two-hour remake (45 minutes longer than the first film) features more stars, a lusher budget, and the plaintive music of Bernard Herrmann (who appears on-camera, typecast as a symphony conductor). Though the locale of the opening scenes shifts from Switzerland to French Morocco in the newer version, the basic plot remains the same. American tourists James Stewart and Doris Day are witness to the street killing of a Frenchman (Daniel Gelin) they’ve recently befriended. Before breathing his last, the murder victim whispers a secret to Stewart (the Cinemascope lens turns this standard closeup into a truly grotesque vignette). Stewart knows that a political assassination will occur during a concert at London’s Albert Hall, but is unable to tell the police: his son (a daughter in the original) has been kidnapped by foreign agents to insure Stewart’s silence. The original script for Man Who Knew too Much was expanded and updated by John Michael Hayes and Angus McPhail.

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MIAMI CONNECTION
Playing Friday, August 21 – Time TBD – Friday Night Flicks – Tickets $3 or 2 for $5

1987/USA/Hong Kong/R/120 min.
Director: Y.K. Kim
Cast: Y.K. Kim, Vincent Hirsch, Joseph Diamend

Rescued from total obscurity by the venerable Drafthouse Releasing, “The Miami Conncection” is one of those so-bad-it’s-good disasters that transcends schlock to unintentionally become a work of comedic art. And even though it’s terribly violent (it’s about drugs and ninjas, after all) the film has a surprisingly upbeat and positive message. The plot is this: The year is 1987 and motorcycle ninjas tighten their grip on Florida’s narcotics trade, viciously annihilating anyone who dares move in on their turf. Multi-national martial arts rock band Dragon Sound have had enough, and embark on a roundhouse wreck-wave of crime-crushing justice. When not chasing beach bunnies or performing their hit song “Against the Ninja,” Mark (kung-fu master/inspirational speaker Y.K. Kim) and the boys are kicking and chopping at the drug world’s smelliest underbelly. It’ll take every ounce of their blood and courage, but Dragon Sound can’t stop until they’ve completely destroyed the dealers, the drunk bikers, the kill-crazy ninjas, the middle-aged thugs, and most importantly, the “stupid cocaine!” Since it’s re-release in November of this year, “The Miami Connection” as garnered enormous praise for the lost “masterpiece” that it is. You won’t want to miss it!

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MR. HOBBS TAKES A VACATION
Playing Wednesday, August 26 at 10:30 am – 25¢ Wednesday Classic Matinee –

1956/USA/NR/120 min
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda de Banzie

The debate still rages as to whether Alfred Hitchcock’s 1956 remake of “The Man Who Knew Too Much” is superior to his own original 1934 version. This two-hour remake (45 minutes longer than the first film) features more stars, a lusher budget, and the plaintive music of Bernard Herrmann (who appears on-camera, typecast as a symphony conductor). Though the locale of the opening scenes shifts from Switzerland to French Morocco in the newer version, the basic plot remains the same. American tourists James Stewart and Doris Day are witness to the street killing of a Frenchman (Daniel Gelin) they’ve recently befriended. Before breathing his last, the murder victim whispers a secret to Stewart (the Cinemascope lens turns this standard closeup into a truly grotesque vignette). Stewart knows that a political assassination will occur during a concert at London’s Albert Hall, but is unable to tell the police: his son (a daughter in the original) has been kidnapped by foreign agents to insure Stewart’s silence. The original script for Man Who Knew too Much was expanded and updated by John Michael Hayes and Angus McPhail.

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10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU
Playing Friday, August 21 – Time TBD – Friday Night Flicks – Tickets $3 or 2 for $5

1999/USA/PG=13/97 min
Director: Gil Junger
Cast: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

As Shakespearean adaptations go, it’s not quite as odd as moving The Tempest to another planet (as in Forbidden Planet) or Hamlet to a Canadian brewery (the secret subtext of Strange Brew), but it’s still safe to say no one was expecting a version of The Taming of the Shrew set in an American high school. But unlike the previously mentioned films, 10 Things I Hate About You at least gives the Bard screen credit for his contribution to the story. In 10 Things I Hate About You, Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik) is a tenth grader who has never gone on a date, as her parents have a little rule where Bianca isn’t allowed to go out with boys until her older sister gets a boyfriend. The problem is, while her older sister Kat (Julia Stiles) is attractive and intelligent, she’s also a mean-spirited misanthrope who rubs nearly everyone the wrong way — especially boys. But Bianca and the guy she has her eye on, Joey Donner (Andrew Keegan), are eager to get their romance on the road, so Joey fixes Kat up with Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger), a new kid in town who may be just bitter and mysterious enough to suit her.

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