Movie mania reigns supreme this summer at Carolina Theatre

by Mark Burger

The spirit of cinema lives this summer at the Carolina Theatre of Greensboro, where the 6 th annual Summer Film Festival returns in July. The six-week cinematic extravaganza began Monday and runs through Aug. 14.

Mondays are devoted to the master of suspense with the “Hitchcock Classics”:

July 8: To Catch a Thief (1955) starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Oscar winner for Best Cinematography (color), nominations for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction.

July 15: Dial M for Murder (1954) starring Ray Milland, Grace Kelly and Robert Cummings. Rated PG.

July 22: Rebecca (1940) starring Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier and George Sanders. Oscar winner for Best Picture and Best Cinematography (black and white), nominations for Best Actor (Olivier), Best Actress (Fontaine), Best Supporting Actress (Judith Anderson), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Score, Best Editing, Best Special Effects, Best Art Direction (black and white) and Best Director.

July 29: The 39 Steps (1935) starring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll.

Aug. 5: Rear Window (1954) starring James Stewart, Grace Kelly and Raymond Burr. Oscar nominations for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Sound Recording and Best Cinematography (color).’ Aug. 12: Marnie (1964) starring Sean Connery and Tippi Hedren. Rated PG.

Tuesdays will see “2 Guys Named Chris” from Rock-92 and critic Julie Crawford (she reviews Mondays, yours truly reviews Fridays) make their selections:

July 9: Bull Durham (1988) starring Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins. Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Rated R.

July 16: Fargo (1996) starring Frances McDormand, William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi. Oscar winner for Best Actress (McDormand) and Best Original Screenplay (Joel and Ethan Coen), nominations for Best Picture, Best Director (Joel Coen), Best Supporting Actor (Macy), Best Cinematography and Best Editing. Rated R.

July 23: Grease (1978) starring John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and Stockard Channing. Oscar nominee for Best Original Song (“Hopelessly Devoted to You”). Rated PG-13.

July 30: Goodfellas (1990) starring Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci. Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actor (Pesci), nominations for Best Picture, Best Director (Martin Scorsese), Best Supporting Actress (Lorraine Bracco), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing. Rated R.

Aug. 6: Dirty Dancing (1987) starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Oscar winner for Best Song (“I’ve Had the Time of My Life”). Rated PG-13.

Aug. 13: Raging Bull (1980) starring Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty and Joe Pesci. Oscar winner for Best Actor (De Niro) and Best Editing, nominations for Best Picture, Best Director (Martin Scorsese), Best Supporting Actor (Pesci), Best Supporting Actress (Moriarty), Best Cinematography and Best Sound.

On Wednesday, “Facebook Fan Favorites” will be presented, as selected by the Carolina Theatre’s own Facebook contingent:

July 10: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) starring Gene Wilder and Jack Albertson. Oscar nomination for Best Original Song Score. Rated G.

July 17: Jaws (1975) starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss. Oscar winner for Best Editing, Best Sound and Best Original Score, nomination for Best Picture. Rated PG.

July 24: The Sound of Music (1965) starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. Oscar winner for Best Picture, Best Director (Robert Wise), Best Editing, Best Sound and Best Original Song Score, nominations for Best Actress (Andrews), Best Supporting Actress (Peggy Wood), Best Cinematography (color), Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (color) and Best Costume Design (color). Rated G.

Aug. 7: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) starring Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara and Alan Ruck. Rated PG-13.

Aug. 14: Cinema Paradiso (1988) starring Phillipe Noiret and Enzo Cannavale. Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film. In Italian with English subtitles. Rated R.

For Thursdays, the Mixed Tape Film Series will present a selection of films directed by Tim Burton:

July 11: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985) starring Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman). Rated PG.

July 18: Batman (1989) starring Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton and Kim Basinger. Oscar winner for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration. Rated PG-13.

July 25: Edward Scissorhands (1990) starring Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest and Alan Arkin. Oscar nomination for Best Makeup. Rated PG-13.

Aug. 1: Batman Returns (1992) starring Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer and Christopher Walken. Oscar nominations for Best Makeup and Best Visual Effects. Rated PG-13.

Aug. 8: Mars Attacks! (1996) starring Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening and Pierce Brosnan. Rated PG-13.

Sundays are reserved for special family matinees as selected by the Carolina Theatre’s Facebook Fans:

July 21: The Sound of Music (1965). Aug. 4: The Princess Bride (1987) starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright and Mandy Patinkin. Oscar nominee for Best Original Song (“Storybook Love”). Rated PG.

Showtimes are 7:30 pm for weekday films, 2 pm for Sunday matinees. Film selections may be subject to change.

Tickets for each film are $6 (general admission) and $5 (students and senior citizens). Ticket 10-packs are also available. For more information, call 336.333.2605 or visit the official Carolina Theatre website: