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State Theatre: 25¢ Classic Matinee
EGOT Winner Mike Nichols

The GraduateNR
10:30 am

State Theatre:
SelmaPG-13
1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15 pm


Bijou by the Bay:
The Imitation GamePG-13
12:30, 3:15, 6:00, 8:30 pm

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State Theatre:
SelmaPG-13
12:30, 3:15, 6:00, 8:45 pm


Bijou by the Bay:
The Imitation GamePG-13
1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15 pm

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State Theatre:
SelmaPG-13
12:30, 3:15, 6:00, 8:45 pm

State Theatre: Friday Night Flicks
The Fifth ElementPG-13
11:30 pm


Bijou by the Bay:
The Imitation GamePG-13
1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15 pm

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State Theatre: 25¢ Kids Matinee
The BoxtrollsPG
10:00 am

State Theatre: Met Opera
Offenbach’s Les Contes d’HoffmannNR
12:55 pm

State Theatre:
SelmaPG-13
6:00, 8:45 pm


Bijou by the Bay:
The Imitation GamePG-13
1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15 pm

FEBRUARY 1

State Theatre:
SelmaPG-13
1:00, 4:00, 7:00 pm


Bijou by the Bay:
The Imitation GamePG-13
2:30, 5:00, 7:30 pm

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State Theatre:
SelmaPG-13
12:30, 3:15, 6:00, 8:45 pm


Bijou by the Bay:
The Imitation GamePG-13
2:45, 5:30, 8:00 pm

3

State Theatre:
SelmaPG-13
12:30, 3:15, 6:00, 8:45 pm


Bijou by the Bay:
The Imitation GamePG-13
1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15 pm

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State Theatre: 25¢ Classic Matinee
Black History Month

Imitation of LifeNR
10:30 am

State Theatre:
SelmaPG-13
1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15 pm


Bijou by the Bay:
The Imitation GamePG-13
12:30, 3:15, 6:00, 8:30 pm

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State Theatre:
SelmaPG-13
1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15 pm


Bijou by the Bay:
The Imitation GamePG-13
12:30, 3:15, 6:00, 8:30 pm

FREE Admission for Premium Members!

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State Theatre:
TBA

State Theatre: Friday Night Flicks
Sixteen CandlesPG
Time TBA
BFF NIGHT!


Bijou by the Bay:
TBA

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State Theatre: 25¢ Kids Matinee
The BoxtrollsPG
10:00 am

State Theatre:
TBA


Bijou by the Bay:
TBA

  • 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.

SELMA
Now Playing at the State Theatre

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2014/USA/PG-13/127 min
Director: Ava DuVernay
Cast: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth

“Selma” chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.

“DuVernay’s look at Martin Luther King’s 1965 voting-rights march against racial injustice stings with relevance to the here and now. Oyelowo’s stirring, soulful performance as King deserves superlatives.”
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“’Selma’ is a necessary film, even an essential one, with more than its share of memorable performances and vivid, compelling sequences.”
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“I have rarely seen a historical film that felt so populous and full of life, so alert to the tendrils of narrative that spread beyond the frame.”
- A.O. Scott, New York Times

“’Selma’ invites viewers to heed its story, meditate on its implications and allow those images once again to change our hearts and minds.”
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

“An insightful look into the making of a historic moment; Oyelowo raises the roof as MLK.”
- Rafer Guzman, Newsday

“With ‘Selma,’ DuVernay has pulled off a tricky feat, a movie based on historical events that never feels dull, worthy, or lifeless; it hangs together as a story and not just part of a lesson plan.”
- Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice

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THE IMITATION GAME
Now Playing at the Bijou by the Bay

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2014/USA/PG-13/114 min
Director: Morten Tyldum
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode.

At Cambridge University, young Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) quickly establishes himself as a groundbreaking thinker with his theories about the potential of computing machines. When war between Britain and Germany is declared, these theories are put into active practice. Turing easily passes a test to become a member of a top-secret group assigned to decode critical German naval communications. Much to the surprise of the commanding officers, so does a woman, Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley), Turing and Clarke become fast friends, and are soon engaged to be married. But Turing is gay, struggling with his identity at a time when it is illegal and subject to terrible punishment. Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.

“Another must-see movie this year-end awards season (the other one is The ‘Theory of Everything’) is the brilliant encapsulation of one of the greatest stories of our time — the genius, heroism and ultimately shameful destruction of Alan Turing.”
- Rex Reed, New York Observer

“On its bright face, ‘The Imitation Game’ fits into that cozy genre of tortured-genius biopics that sprout like kudzu just in time for the Oscars. But that’s not fair to the film, which outthinks and outplays other examples of the genre.”
- Richard Corliss, Time

“The disturbing, involving, always-complex story of British mathematician Alan Turing is a tale crafted to resonate for our time, and the smartly entertaining ‘The Imitation Game’ gives it the kind of crackerjack cinematic presentation that’s pure pleasure to experience.”
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“The film is anchored by yet another hypnotically complex Cumberbatch performance. He’s turning greatness into a habit.”
- Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

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CITIZENFOUR
WAIT FOR THE STATE (AND BIJOU)!

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2014/USA/R/114 min
Director: Laura Poitras

In January 2013, director Poitras (recipient of the 2012 MacArthur Genius Fellowship and co-recipient of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service) was several years into making a film about surveillance in the post-9/11 era when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four,” who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and journalist Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her and the film that resulted from these series of tense encounters is an absolutely 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes.

“Cinema, even in the service of journalism, is always more than reporting, and focusing on what Ms. Poitras’s film is about risks ignoring what it is. It’s a tense and frightening thriller that blends the brisk globe-trotting of the ‘Bourne’ movies with the spooky, atmospheric effects of a Japanese horror film. And it is also a primal political fable for the digital age, a real-time tableau of the confrontation between the individual and the state.”
- A.O. Scott, New York Times

“’Citzenfour’ is prosaic in its presentation and profoundly chilling in its details, and if you think Snowden is a traitor, you should probably see it. If you think he’s a hero, you should probably see it. If you haven’t made up your mind — well, you get the idea.”
- Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

“This is a movie primarily concerned with numbers and the way that information is fed, processed, and acted upon. But it plays like the greatest paranoid thriller since ‘All the President’s Men.’”
- Drew Taylor, The Playlist

“It is exhilarating moviemaking, an out-of-the-blue masterwork that ranks as one of the best films of not just the year, but the decade, the century.”
- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

“Though superlatives can mischaracterize any movie’s qualities, it is not an overstatement, I think, to call ‘Citizenfour’ the movie of the century (to date).”
- RogerEbert.com

“Adapting the cold language of data encryption to recount a dramatic saga of abuse of power and justified paranoia, Poitras brilliantly demonstrates that information is a weapon that cuts both ways.”
- Ronnie Scheib, Variety

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WILD
WAIT FOR THE STATE (AND BIJOU)!

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2014/USA/R/115 min
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffman

Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon stars as a self-destructive divorcée who seeks to conquer her demons by hiking 1100 miles across the Pacific Crest Trail. Cheryl was just 22-years-old when her mother Bobbi (Laura Dern) died of cancer in 1991. As children, Cheryl and her brother watched their mother endure intense suffering at the hands of their mentally and physically abusive father, and Bobbi was just getting her life together when she fell gravely ill. The loss was too much for Cheryl to take, and before long she sank so deeply into heroin addiction that it destroyed her marriage. Four years later, Cheryl has hit rock bottom. She knows that unless she makes a change, the future she had once hoped for will slip out of reach. Later, as Cheryl begins her arduous journey through the wilderness, those painful memories come flooding back as she encounters numerous dangers and disheartening setbacks. “Wild” is adapted from Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir of the same name.

“There are other movies out this year that are more technically ambitious than ‘Wild’ (I’m thinking ‘Birdman.’) There are others that are wider-reaching in scope and sheer audacity (the 12-years-in-the-making ‘Boyhood’). But there aren’t any others that offer the power and profundity of ‘Wild.’ This movie is a gift. It’s also a journey.”
- Mike Scott, New Orleans Times-Picayune

“It’s one of the year’s most galvanizing cinematic experiences.”
- Rex Reed, New York Observer

“Vallée has taken a contemplative book where, frankly, very little happens and transformed it into a gut-punching drama.”
- Entertainment Weekly, Tina Jordan

“Witherspoon does really uncompromising work here, playing Cheryl without any hesitancy or any fear or any ego. It’s not a glamorous role, and she doesn’t try to make Cheryl seem perfect, and she doesn’t sand off this woman’s rough edges.”
- Drew McWeeny, HitFix

“In its thrilling disregard for the conventions of commercial cinematic storytelling, Wild reveals what some of us have long suspected: that plot is the enemy of truth, and that images and emotions can carry meaning more effectively than neatly packaged scenes or carefully scripted character arcs.”
- A.O. Scott, The New York Times

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FOXCATCHER
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2014/USA/R/129 min
Director: Bennett Miller
Cast: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo

Based on true events, “Foxcatcher” tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers. When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the shadow of his revered brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). Driven by hidden needs, du Pont sees backing Schultz’s bid for Gold and the chance to “coach” a world-class wrestling team as an opportunity to gain the elusive respect of his peers and, more importantly, his disapproving mother (Vanessa Redgrave). Flattered by the attention and entranced by du Pont’s majestic world, Mark comes to see his benefactor as a father figure and grows increasingly dependent on him for approval. Though initially supportive, du Pont’s mercurial personality turns and he begins to lure Mark into an unhealthy lifestyle that threatens to undermine his training. Soon du Pont’s erratic behavior and cruel psychological game-play begin to erode the athlete’s already shaky self-esteem. Meanwhile du Pont becomes fixated on Dave, who exudes the confidence both he and Mark lack, knowing that these are things even his money cannot buy. Fueled by du Pont’s increasing paranoia and alienation from the brothers, the trio is propelled towards a tragedy no one could have foreseen.

“The triumph of Foxcatcher is not in the subject but in its art. The clear-eyed compassion and moral intelligence of Miller’s film brings sense to the senseless, and finds the human pulse behind the tabloid shock. It’s not a movie to make you feel good, but, at moments, it reminds you what goodness is.”
- Liam Lacey, Toronto Globe and Mail

“‘Foxcatcher’ is a story of wealth and the lack of it, of family connection and disconnection. But more than anything, it is a story of a mind unraveling. The result is devastating drama for those of us looking on.”
- Stephen Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

“‘Foxcatcher’ exerts a mesmerizing pull, not only because it affords the chance to witness three fine actors working at the height of their powers, but also because it so steadfastly resists the urge to clutter up empty space with the filigree of gratuitous imagery and chatter.”
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

“The story is so powerfully observed that it does indeed become larger than itself – an American tragedy.”
- Peter Rainer, Christmas Science Monitor

“A despairing, intentionally disturbing film that draws us into a maelstrom of desperate emotions, it holds up a dark mirror to the American dream and does not like what it sees.”
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

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THE FIFTH ELEMENT
Playing Friday, January 30 – 11:30 pm – Friday Night Flicks – Tickets $3 or 2 for $5

1997/USA/PG-13/126 min
Directed: Luc Besson
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and Chris Tucker

In the movie’s prologue, scientists gather in Egypt at the site of an event that transpired centuries earlier. Aliens, it seemed, arrived to collect four stones representing the four basic elements (earth, air, fire and water) – warning their human contacts that the objects were no longer safe on Earth. A few hundred years later (in the 23rd century), a huge ball of molten lava and flame is hurtling toward Earth, and scientist-holy man Victor Cornelius (Ian Holm) declares that in order to prevent it from destroying the planet, the same four elemental stones must be combined with the fifth element, as embodied by a visitor from another world named Leeloo (Milla Jovovich). However, if the force of evil presents itself to the stones instead, the Earth will be destroyed, and an evil corporate oligarch named Zorg (Gary Oldman) will trigger the disaster. Despite her remarkable powers, Leeloo needs help with her mission, and she chooses her accomplice, military leader-turned-cab driver Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), when she literally falls through the roof of his taxi. Writer and director Luc Besson began writing the script for “The Fifth Element” when he was only 16 years old, though he was 38 before he was able to bring it to the screen.

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THE BOXTROLLS
Playing Saturday, January 31 and Saturday, February 7 at 10:00 am – 25¢ Kids Matinee

2014/USA/PG/96 min
Directors: Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi
Cast: Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Nick Frost

A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnifred (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.

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IMITATION OF LIFE
Playing Wednesday, February 4 at 10:30 am at the State Theatre – 25¢ Classic Matinee – Black History Month

1934/USA/NR/111 min
Director: John M. Stahl
Cast: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Rochelle Hudson

Bea Pullman and her daughter Jessie have had a hard time making ends meet since Bea’s husband died. Help comes in the form of Delilah Johnson, who agrees to work as Bea’s housekeeper in exchange for a room for herself and her daughter Peola. Bea comes up with a plan to market Delilah’s pancake recipe. The two soon become wealthy and as the years go on, their friendship deepens. Their relationships with their daughters, however, become strained. Ashamed of her mother, Peola seeks a new life by passing for white. Bea’s love for her daughter is tested when she and Jessie fall for the same man.

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SIXTEEN CANDLES
Playing Friday, February 6 – Time TBD – Friday Night Flicks – Tickets $3 or 2 for $5 – BFF Night!

1984/USA/PG/93 min
Director: John Hughes
Cast: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall and Justin Henry

On the eve of her sister’s wedding, suburban teenager Samantha (Molly Ringwald) suffers silently as her family forgets her birthday. Even worse, some total dork (Anthony Michael Hall) keeps propositioning her with sophomoric innuendo when she really craves romantic attention from high-school hunk Jake (Michael Schoeffling). Moving from Samantha’s family home as it’s invaded by outre relatives to a high-school dance where nothing seems to go her way, this bittersweet teen comedy traces the hopes and disappointments of not only Samantha, but also a host of incidental but memorable characters, from a hapless Japanese exchange student to a prom queen and a posse of barely pubescent nerds. A climactic party scene at which these various strata of young America overcome their rigid hierarchies sets the stage for resolutions both tender and torrid.

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GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI
Playing Wednesday, February 11 at 10:30 am at the State Theatre – 25¢ Classic Matinee – Black History Month

1996/USA/PG-13/130 min
Director: Rob Reiner
Cast: Alec Baldwin, James Woods, Whoopi Goldberg

Medger Evers (James Pickens, Jr.) was a black civil-rights activist in Mississippi who was shot to death in 1963. Despite very persuasive evidence that Byron De La Beckwith (James Woods) was indeed his killer, the all-white juries hearing his case at that time acquitted him (he was tried twice). In this film, with the aid of Ever’s widow Myrlie (Whoopie Goldberg), Bobby DeLaughter (Alec Baldwin), a young lawyer, gathers enough new evidence to bring Beckwith in for a third trial. Woods’ performance as a wise-cracking bigot is one of the film’s highlights.

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DOUG BENSON MOVIE INTERRUPTION: PRETTY WOMAN
Playing Friday, February 13 – 11:30 pm – Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival – Tickets $15 available here

1990/USA/R/119 min
Director: Garry Marshall
Cast: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Jason Alexander

Bust out the strawberries and champagne for a very special Valentine edition of the Doug Benson Movie Interruption that would be a “big mistake” to miss! Doug and his buddies will seat themselves in the State Theatre’s front row, mics in hand, and riff on the timeless story of a corporate raider, a hooker with a heart of gold, and their casual encounter which inexplicably turns into a week-long “business transaction.” Full of shopping sprees, fancy dinners, polo matches, luxurious baths, AND a fun misogynistic twist, who can resist this ultimate feel-good prostitution story. And even though it¹s Valentine¹s Day weekend, just remember one thing – no kissing.

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THE PRINCESS BRIDE
Playing Saturday, February 14 at 10:00 am – 25¢ Kids Matinee

1987/USA/PG/98 min
Director: Rob Reiner
Cast: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn

Based on William Goldman’s novel of the same name, The Princess Bride is staged as a book read by grandfather (Peter Falk) to his ill grandson (Fred Savage). Falk’s character assures a romance-weary Savage that the book has much more to deliver than a simpering love story, including but not limited to fencing, fighting, torture, death, true love, giants, and pirates. Indeed, The Princess Bride offers a tongue-in-cheek fairy tale depicting stable boy-turned-pirate Westley’s journey to rescue Buttercup (Robin Wright), his true love, away from the evil prince (Chris Sarandon), whom she had agreed to marry five years after learning of what she had believed to be news of Westley’s death. With help from Prince Humperdinck’s disgruntled former employee Miracle Max (Billy Crystal), swordsman Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin), and a very large man named Fezzik (Andre the Giant), the star-crossed lovers are reunited.

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FROZEN SING-ALONG
Playing Saturday, February 14 at 12 Noon and 3:45 pm and Sunday, February 15 at 12 Noon and 2:30 pm – Tickets $5

2013/USA/PG/102 min
Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff

We can’t let it go, and it seems the youth of America can’t, either. This enchanting sing-along event held inside the toasty-warm State Theatre is the perfectly magical complement to a day of outdoor winter fun at Free on Front – lyrics will magically appear on screen, attendees will receive free goodie bags, and costumes are encouraged! What’s the fuss all about? The wickedly talented Adele Dazeem stars in this fairytale classic with some delightfully modern twists, the story of two brave princesses, a summer-loving snowman, and a guy with a thing about reindeer, who must work together to save their kingdom from an eternal winter. The cold never bothered me anyway!

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DRIVING MISS DAISY
Playing Wednesday, February 18 at 10:30 am at the State Theatre – 25¢ Classic Matinee – Black History Month

1989/USA/PG/99 min
Director: Bruce Beresford
Cast: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Alfred Uhry, Driving Miss Daisy affectionately covers the 25-year relationship between a wealthy, strong-willed Southern matron (Jessica Tandy) and her equally indomitable Black chauffeur, Hoke (Morgan Freeman). Both employer and employee are outsiders, Hoke because of the color of his skin, Miss Daisy because she is Jewish in a WASP-dominated society. At the same time, Hoke cannot fathom Miss Daisy’s cloistered inability to grasp the social changes that are sweeping the South in the 1960s. Nor can Miss Daisy understand why Hoke’s “people” are so indignant. It is only when Hoke is retired and Miss Daisy is confined to a home for the elderly that the two fully realize that they’ve been friends and kindred spirits all along. The supporting cast includes Esther Rolle as Miss Daisy’s housekeeper and Dan Aykroyd as Miss Daisy’s son, Boolie (reportedly, playwright Uhry based the character upon himself). Driving Miss Daisy won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actress (Jessica Tandy), Best Screenplay (Uhry), and Best Makeup (Manlio Rochetti).

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SECRET SHOW
Playing Friday, February 20 – Time TBD pm – Friday Night Flicks – Tickets $3 or 2 for $5

What’s a SECERT SHOW? It’s just what it sounds like! You won’t know what the film is until you’re in your seat and the curtain rises. The only clue we’re giving is that it’s a classic film you’ve probably seen before. But you probably haven’t seen it on the big screen. And at $3 or 2 for $5, what do you have to lose?

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ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY
Playing Saturday, February 21 and Saturday, February 28 at 10:00 am – 25¢ Kids Matinee

2014/USA/PG/81 min
Director: Miguel Arteta
Cast: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould

Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life-a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.

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MISSISSIPPI BURNING
Playing Wednesday, February 25 at 10:30 am at the State Theatre – 25¢ Classic Matinee – Black History Month

1988/USA/R/128 min
Director: Alan Parker
Cast: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand

Mississippi Burning is an all-names-changed dramatization of the Ku Klux Klan’s murders of three civil rights workers in 1964. Investigating the mysterious disappearances of the three activists are FBI agents Gene Hackman (older, wiser) and Willem Dafoe (younger, idealistic). A Southerner himself, Hackman charms and cajoles his way through the tight-lipped residents of a dusty Mississippi town while Dafoe acts upon the evidence gleaned by his partner. Hackman solves the case by exerting his influence upon beauty-parlor worker Frances McDormand, who wishes to exact revenge for the beatings inflicted upon her by her Klan-connected husband Brad Dourif.

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ENTER THE DRAGON
Playing Friday, February 27 – Time TBD – Friday Night Flicks – Tickets $3 or 2 for $5

1973/Hong Kong/R/102 min
Director: Robert Clouse
Cast: Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly

One of the most popular kung fu films ever, and perhaps the peak of the famed Bruce Lee’s career, “Enter the Dragon” achieved success by presenting a series of superbly staged fighting sequences with a minimum of distractions. The story finds Lee as a martial-arts expert determined to help capture the narcotics dealer whose gang was responsible for his sister’s death. This evil villain operates from a fortified island manned by a team of crack martial artists, who also host a kung fu competition. Lee uses his skills to enter the contest and then tries to chop, kick, and otherwise fight his way into the dealer’s headquarter. The story is, of course, merely an excuse for showdown after showdown, featuring masterly fighting by Lee in a wide variety of martial arts styles. Essential viewing for martial arts fans, the film was also embraced by a larger audience, thanks to a fast pace and higher-than-usual production values.

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