Down Memory Lane

A rare chance to enjoy classic movies on the big screen.

Five all-time screen classics, Entertainment begins at 1.30pm, movie starts at 2.00pm

Subscriptions – $50 for all five movies.
Sessions: single tickets $12 .

2017 Program 

  • Sun March 5 – There’s No Business Like Show Business
  • Sun May 7 – To Catch a Thief
  • Sun June 25 – Zulu
  • Sun Sept 3 – The Thrill of it All
  • Sun Nov 5 – It’s a Wonderful Life

show-business125There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954)
The Donahue family are a tight-knit and talented vaudeville act whose success is beginning to wane. Pulled apart by religion, war and love, they sing and dance their way through this boisterous film adapted from the  Irving Berlin musical, with cheerful camaraderie. An ensemble cast including Ethel Merman, Marilyn Monroe, Mitzi Gaynor and Johnny Ray bring to the screen a peek into the evolution from vaudeville to individual stardom. And it’s a lot of fun!

to catch a thief125To Catch a Thief (1955)
Retired cat burglar, John Robie (Cary Grant), is living a fine life on the French Riviera until a new thief begins a spree, nabbing expensive jewellery using the same modus operandi. With the help of stylish and cool Frances (Grace Kelly) Robie attempts to capture the copy-cat. Adventures, a glittering ball, theft, a rooftop chase and speeding cars on winding Riviera roads ensue, along with a little romance. To Catch a Thief showcases both lead actors, Grant and Kelly delivering their best, guided by the master, director Alfred Hitchcock. Academy Award for Best Cinematography.

zulu125Zulu (1964)
Known as possibly the greatest British war film, and for a long time the biggest UK box-office hit, Zulu details the Battle of Rorke’s Drift in 1879 in Natal, South Africa. Filmed on location in the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains in the apartheid era, tales of Zulu’s filming are as dramatic as what is on the screen. The role of the young lieutenant was Michael Caine’s first big movie break, to critical acclaim, and Richard Burton provides the narration. Largely historically accurate, Zulu is an epic war drama.

thrill-of-it-all125The Thrill of it All (1963)
Head of the Happy Soap Company Tom Fraleigh needs a fresh new face for advertising and is beguiled by Beverly Boyer (Doris Day) when they meet. Her obstetrician husband (James Garner) is not so entranced by the idea of his wife appearing in frivolous television commercials, despite or perhaps due to her refreshing honesty. This charming and cleverly scripted film showcases the handsome couple at the very top of their careers and with a great comedic supporting cast, superb music and tight direction, The Thrill of it All is an absolute delight.

wonderful-life125It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
On Christmas Eve in Bedford Falls, frustrated and desperate George Bailey (James Stewart) is visited by a guardian angel. Bailey has sacrificed his dreams to protect his home town and despairs of losing the battle against greedy banker Mr Potter (Lionel Barrymore). The angel reveals ‘what would have been’ if Bailey had not been there for Bedford Falls. Beloved by generations of moviegoers, this sentimental fantasy drama has been called ‘the perfect film’ for its classic performances, solid story and simple message. A classic gem.

 

JAMES CALENDAR

September

  • 23 Sat 7 pm
    Crime/Thriller
    ‘American Made' (M)
  • 30 Sat 7 pm
    Romance/Comedy
    ‘Madame' (M)

October

  • 2 Mon 2 pm
    Comedy/Drama/Romance
    ‘Paris Can Wait' (PG)
  • 7 Sat 3 pm
    Maitland Musical Society
    ‘Doctor Dolittle'
  • 8 Sun 1.30 pm
    Maitland Musical Society
    ‘Doctor Dolittle'
  • 14 Sat 7.30 pm
    Comedy/Action
    ‘Logan Lucky' (M)
  • 15 Sun 7 pm
    Action/Adventure/Biography
    ‘The Lost City of Z' (PG)
  • 21 Sat 7.30 pm
    Drama/Biography
    ‘Victoria and Abdul' (M)
  • 28 Sat 7.30 pm
    Action/Adventure/Comedy
    ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle' (M)

November

  • 4 Sat 3 pm
    Drama/Sport
    ‘Tommy’s Honour' (PG)
  • 5 Sun 1.30 pm
    Down Memory Lane
    ‘It’s a Wonderful Life' (1946)
    • 18 Sat 7.30 pm
      Biography/Comedy/Sport
      ‘Battle of the Sexes' (M)
    • 19 Sun 7 pm
      Documentary
      ‘Mountain' (M)
    • 25 Sat 7.30 pm
      Fantasy/Action
      ‘Thor: Ragnarok' (M)

    December

    • 9 Sat 7.30 pm
      Crime/Drama/Mystery
      ‘Murder on the Orient Express' (M)
    • 16 Sat 7.30 pm
      Comedy/Romance
      ‘Three Summers' (M)
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