Celebrating Decades: Wednesday Film Series 2020

Wednesday Films at Salem’s
Elsinore Theater Now Underway

The Wednesday Film Series at the Elsinore Theatre is now underway. 

The line-up features films aiming to appeal to all ages and all interests with a focus on “The Decades.” Each of the films being shown is celebrating a decade anniversary in 2020. 

This season’s silent feature is the 100-year-old classic “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” based on the book written by Robert Louis Stevenson and starring John Barrymore. It will be shown on March 4 and include live music accompanied by Rick Parks on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ providing a grand opportunity to experience the wonder of the historic side of the Elsinore Theatre.

The film series, which is sponsored by Roth’s Fresh Markets, will continue to offer two screenings of each film: 2 and 7 p.m.

Spring features include: 

February 5
The Philadelphia Story – 80th Anniversary (1940)

When a rich woman’s ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself. Directed by George Cukor; Starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart. (Not Rated; 1h 52min; Comedy, Romance)

February 19 
To Kill A Mockingbird – 60th Anniversary (1960) 

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice. Based on the novel written by Harper Lee. Directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Gregory Peck, John Megna and Frank Overton. (Not Rated; 2h 9min; Crime, Drama)

March 4
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde — 100th Anniversary (1920)

Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself. From the book written by Robert Louis Stevenson and starring John Barrymore, Martha Mansfield and Brandon Hurst. (Unrated; 1h 22min; Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi) NOTE: This 100-year-old silent film will be accompanied by Rick Parks on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ.

March 18
King Solomon’s Mines – 70th Anniversary (1950)  

Adventurer Allan Quartermain leads an expedition into uncharted African territory in an attempt to locate an explorer who went missing during his search for the fabled diamond mines of King Solomon. Directed by Compton Bennett and Andrew Marton and starring Deborah Kerr, Stewart Granger, and Richard Carlson. (Passed; 1h 43min; Action, Adventure, Romance)

April 1
Flash Gordon – 40th Anniversary (1980) 

A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth. Directed by Mike Hodges and starring Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, and Max von Sydow. (PG; 1h 51min;  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi)

April 15
M*A*S*H – 50th Anniversary (1970) 

The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and high jinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war. Directed by Robert Altman and starring Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, and Tom Skerritt. (R; 1h 56min; Comedy, Drama, War)

May 6
Airplane – 40th Anniversary (1980)

A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick. Directed by Jim Abrahams and David Zucker and starring Leslie Neilsen, Robert Hays, and Julie Hagerty. (PG; 1h 28min; Comedy)

May 20
The Apartment – 60th Anniversary (1960)

A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue. Directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray. (Not Rated; 2h 5min; Comedy, Drama, Romance)

June 10
The Grapes of Wrath – 80th Anniversary (1940)

A poor Midwest family is forced off their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression. Based on the novel by John Steinbeck. Directed by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, and John Carradine. (Passed; 2h 9min; Drama, History)

June 17
GI Blues – 60th Anniversary – (1960)

Tulsa, a soldier with dreams of running his own nightclub, places a bet with his friend Dynamite that he can win the heart of an untouchable dancer…but when Dynamite is transferred, Tulsa must replace him in the bet. Directed by Norman Taurog and starring Elvis Presley, Juliet Prowse, and Robert Ivers. (G;  1h 44min; Comedy, Musical)

Wednesday Film Series 

When: 2 and 7 p.m. select Wednesdays. Box office and doors open at 45 minutes prior to each show.
Where: Elsinore Theatre, 170 High St. SE
Cost: $6
Information: 503-375-3574 or go to www.elsinoretheatre.com

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