Old Pasadena Summer Cinema
Old Pasadena Summer Cinema (www.oldpasadena.org/summercinema) returns for another year as a month-long, free movie series featuring screenings in unique urban settings. Running from July 5 – July 28, this annual summer film program celebrates motion picture in all forms, offering a variety of audience-pleasing movie titles and genres in diverse locales throughout the historic district of Old Pasadena. All screenings are free and open to the public.
Three outdoor screenings in historic Central Park include special free activities and the chance to picnic in the picturesque setting prior to each film – take your own low chairs and blankets for seating. Films begin at 8:30 p.m. with pre-activities starting at 6:30 p.m.
-Saturday, July 7: “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” (1985) PG. Sponsored by Neon Retro Arcade. Before watching Pee-wee’s cross-country romp to find his beloved bicycle, enjoy Neon Retro Arcade and bicycle-themed giveaways, DJ sets from KCRW’s Glenn Red, family activities, and free treats from Paradis while supplies last. Get into the fun by wearing a costume inspired by “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” and you’ll be in the running for a $100 cash prize courtesy of Neon Retro Arcade. Arrive by 8 p.m. and check-in at Neon Retro Arcade’s booth to be considered. Here is an idea of the activities prior to the film showing:
-Saturday, July 14: “Mars Attacks!” (1996) PG-13. Enjoy DJ sets from KCRW’s Glenn Red and free treats from Paradis while supplies last.
-Saturday, July 28: “The Muppet Movie” (1979) G. Celebrate the art and fun of puppeteering! Enjoy a craft with the Armory Center for the Arts, roving puppeteers, photo ops, face-painting, DJ sets from KCRW’s Glenn Red, and free treats from Paradis while supplies last.
One Colorado is another open-air option, with films projected in the charming courtyard. Look for family favorites like “Back to the Future,” “The Incredibles” and “The Princess Bride,” recent hits “La La Land” and “Wonder Woman,” and Oscar Award-winning noir classic “Sunset Boulevard.” Seating is provided at One Colorado, but be sure to arrive early to secure your spot.
Two Old Pasadena businesses will host films inside their spaces. Distant Lands Travel Bookstore screens four travel-related films inside their store, including “Departures,” about a young Japanese man who tries to find dignity and respect for his work as a mortician, and “In Bruges,” a dark comedy about the strange encounters of two hit men in Bruges, Brussels. CTRL Collective hosts its first set of screenings for the Summer Cinema series: “There’s Something About Mary,” the classic comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller, and “A Quiet Place,” this year’s unnerving horror movie starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski.
See the full lineup below.
2018 Old Pasadena Summer Cinema Program:
“There’s Something About Mary” (1998) R— 119 minutes long – at CTRL Collective, 45 S. Arroyo Pkwy., starting at 8 p.m. Years after a canceled prom date with Mary (Cameron Diaz), Ted (Ben Stiller) hires Pat (Matt Dillon) to find her so he can reconnect. Pat’s intentions are duplicitous; however, as he tries to woo Mary himself, as do several other snaky characters. Ted finally steps in to unravel the web of lies that Pat has created to profess his love and win Mary back.
“Departures” (Okuribito; 2008) PG-13 – 130 minutes long – at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., starting at 8 p.m. A young man (Masahiro Motoki) returns to his hometown after a failed career as a cellist and stumbles across work as a traditional Japanese ritual mortician. Because of strong social taboos against people who deal with death in Japan, his profession subjects him to prejudice until he embraces the beauty and dignity of his work and earns respect.
“Sunset Boulevard” (1950) NR – 110 minutes long – at One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley, starting at 8:30 p.m. Director Billy Wilder’s scathing indictment of Hollywood and its fickleness focuses on the imperious and fading silent film star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) and the ambitious young screenwriter (William Holden) she takes under her wing to help craft her comeback – a relationship that ends in an untimely demise.
“La La Land” (2016) PG-13 – 128 minutes long – at One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley, starting at 8:30 p.m. Technicolor Los Angeles is just as much a character in the musical love story La La Land as the characters of struggling actor Mia (Emma Stone) and jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), whose aspirations bring them together and then ultimately drive them apart when their careers pull them in different directions.
“Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” (1985) PG – 91 minutes long – at Central Park, 141 S. Raymond Ave., starting at 6:30 p.m. Music and special free activities start at 8:30 p.m. The theft of his beloved bike prompts eccentric Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens) to set out on a cross-country adventure that takes him to the Alamo, a rodeo, a biker bar, and Warner Bros. Studios.
“One Week” (2008) NR – 94 minutes long – at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., starting at 8 p.m. A man (Joshua Jackson) diagnosed with cancer makes the decision to postpone urgent treatment and instead takes a motorcycle trip from Toronto across Canada to Vancouver Island. Throughout his journey, he reevaluates his personal life, his job, and his dream of becoming a writer.
“Back to the Future” (1985) PG – 116 minutes long – at One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley, starting at 8:30 p.m. High school student Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) teams up with eccentric scientist Doc (Christopher Lloyd) in an adventure of unexpected time travel back to 1955, when he inadvertently interferes in the lives of his then-teenage parents (Lea Thomspon and Crispin Glover).
“Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” (2015) PG-13 —136 minutes long – at One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley, starting at 8:30 p.m. An epic adventure unfolds when ex-stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega), scrappy Rey (Daisy Ridley), and droid BB-8 search for the vanished Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). They soon join forces with heroes from the past Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) against villain Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order, a fascist regime that has emerged from the ashes of the old Empire.
“Mars Attacks!” (1996) PG – 106 minutes long – at Central Park, 141 S. Raymond Ave., starting at 6:30 p.m. Music and special activities start at 8:30 p.m. A parody of science fiction B movies with elements of horror and political satire and an impressive star-studded cast, Tim Burton’s “Mars Attacks!” follows along as Martian spacecraft head toward Earth with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor, despite the diplomatic efforts of President James Dale (Jack Nicholson) and his political aides.
“A Quiet Place” (2018) PG-13 —90 minutes long – at CTRL Collective, 45 S. Arroyo Pkwy., starting at 8 p.m. Sightless creatures with hypersensitive hearing have taken over Earth and wiped out most of the human population. A family of four has managed to survive in the woods, navigating their lives in complete silence.
“In Bruges” (2008) R— 107 minutes long – at Distant Lands 20 S. Raymond Ave., starting at 8 p.m. Hit men Ray and Ken (Cohn Farrell and Brendan Gleason) find themselves in Bruges, Belgium living the life of tourists while awaiting their boss’s next call. Their vacation gets ever more surreal with strange encounters, finally culminating in a life-and-death struggle of darkly comic proportions and surprisingly emotional consequences.
“The Incredibles” (2004) PG – 115 minutes long – at One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley, starting at 8:30 p.m. A family of undercover superheroes attempt a quiet, semi-retired life in suburbia but are drawn into an epic battle with Syndrome, a jilted former fan of Mr. Incredible, who plots to take over the world with his killer robot. Featuring the voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, and Samuel L. Jackson, among others.
“Wonder Woman” (2017) PG-13 – 141 minutes long – at One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley, starting at 8:30 p.m. Residing on an island inhabited by female warriors, Amazon princess Diana (Gal Gadot) encounters American pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) when he crashes nearby and tells her of the massive war that has engulfed the planet. She decides to travel with him to the outside world, hoping to use her powers to put an end to the conflict.
“How Much Further (Qué tan lejos)” (2006) NR – 92 minutes long – at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., starting at 8 p.m. After a bus strike waylays their travel plans to Cuenca, Ecuador, Esperanza and Tristeza (Tania Martinez and Cecilia Vallejo) take their journey into their own hands and decide to hitchhike. Along the way they meet interesting characters who help them re-evaluate the purpose of their journey.
“500 Days of Summer” (2009) PG-13 – 95 minutes long – at One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley, starting at 8:30 p.m. Viewers of this romantic comedy are taken on a non-linear exploration of the up-and-down relationship between Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Summer (Zooey Deschanel), which examines what “real love” is and spans – from their initial meeting at work to their good-bye meeting once Summer is married to another man – 500 Days.
“The Princess Bride” (1987) PG – 98 minutes long – at One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley, starting at 8:30 p.m. A boy listens to a fairy tale told by his grandfather that follows the efforts of a young farmhand named Westley (Cary Elwes) who begins a journey and meets new traveling companions to rescue his true love Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright) from the odious Prince Humperdinck.
“The Muppet Movie” (1979) G —95 minutes long – at Central Park, 141 S. Raymond Ave., starting at 6:30 p.m. Music and special activities start at 8:30 p.m. Kermit the Frog embarks on a cross-country trip to Hollywood in the first theatrical film featuring Jim Henson’s Muppets. Along the way, Kermit is pursued by the evil restaurateur Doc Hopper and picks up several Muppet friends that share his show business dream, resulting in an epic road trip comedy that also features many familiar human cameos.