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In addition to being Winston- Salem’s only art-house theater, the a/perture cinema has added yet another, family-friendly component to its already impressive line-up of special events and attractions.

The self-explanatory series “Kids at Heart” will offer a selection of new and classic films that the whole family can enjoy (rated G or PG). This program joins a/perture’s ongoing “n/ight shift” series of cult classics and “Screen Club,” in which local artists provide works based on their favorite motion pictures.

The “Kids at Heart” series opened last weekend with the recent animated feature Ernest & Celestine, and will take place on weekends on a bi-monthly schedule.

This is not a/perture’s first go-’round with a family film series. “We did a summer series two years ago and have been trying to develop a way to add this on a year-round basis,” explains a/ perture curator Lawren Desai. “We were really lucky to find a presenting sponsor – Salem Smiles Orthodontics – to help cover our licensing fees and subsidize a lower ticket price to really make it affordable for families. We want a way for parents and kids to be able to sit in the dark and enjoy modern and classic family films on the big screen.”

The summer schedule includes: E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial (May 9-11, PG): Steven Spielberg’s classic sciencefiction fantasy introduced youngsters Drew Barrymore, Henry Thomas, Robert Macnaughton and C. Thomas Howell and became not only the biggest box-office hit of its year, but for 15 years was the biggest box-office hit ever (until Titanic). The heart-warming tale of a lonely young boy (Thomas) who has a close encounter with a friendly alien won Oscars for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing and Best Original Score (John Williams), with additional nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Editing.

The Black Stallion (May 23-25, G): Carroll Ballard made his directorial debut, under the auspices of executive producer Francis Ford Coppola, with this 1979 adaptation of Walter Farley’s best-selling novel, detailing the close relationship that develops between a shipwrecked boy (Kelly Reno, in his screen debut) and the title steed.

The cast also includes Teri Garr, Hoyt Axton and Mickey Rooney, the latter earning an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor. The film also received an additional nomination for Best Editing.

The Iron Giant (June 6-8, PG):

Brad Bird made his directorial debut with this award-winning, animated 1999 adaptation of Ted Hughes’ best-seller The Iron Man, featuring the voices of Jennifer Aniston, Christopher McDonald, Harry Connick Jr., John Mahoney and Vin Diesel (as the title character). Although a box-office disappointment upon its original release, the film found its audience on home video and has since come to be regarded as a modern classic.

The Adventures of Milo and Otis (June 20-22, G): This award-winning, live-action comedy/drama about the unlikely friendship between a tabby cat (Milo) and a canine pug (Otis) was made for Japanese television in 1986 as Koneko Monogatari, but was completely revamped for its theatrical release in the United States, replete with narration by Dudley Moore and became a perennial family favorite on homevideo and cable-TV.

An American Tail (July 4-6, G): The Fourth of July weekend is perfect timing for this popular 1986 animated favorite, directed by Don Bluth under the auspices of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, which follows the adventures of a young mouse named Fievel (voiced by Phillip Glasser) who emigrates with his family from Russia to the United States. The film, which also features the vocal talents of Christopher Plummer, Dom DeLuise, Nehemiah Persoff and Madeline Kahn, earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song (“Somewhere Out There”) and spawned one theatrical and two direct-to-video follow-ups as well as an animated series. !

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The a/perture cinema is located at 311 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem. Showtimes for the “Kids at Heart” film series are 1:45 pm (sensory-friendly screening) and 4 pm Fridays, 10 am Saturdays, 10 am and 2 pm Sundays. Tickets are $5. Children (2 and under) admitted free if seated on parent’s lap. For advance tickets or more information, call 336.722.8148 or visit http://aperturecinema.com/.

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