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August Film Club

Saturday, August 24 @ 1 p.m.
You Can’t Take it With You

“Sentimental widower Grandpa Vanderhof (Lionel Barrymore) presides over a household of eccentric individualists. You Can’t Take it With You is delightful. Young Jean Arthur and James Stewart are charming beyond words, the jokes are funny, the direction peppy, and there’s a good feeling to be had by all.” ©2003 Glenn Erickson, DVD Savant.

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Film Club

September Film Club

Saturday, September 21 @ 1 p.m.
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Lone Star
“John Sayles’ Lone Star contains so many riches, it humbles ordinary movies. On the surface, it’s pure entertainment. It involves the discovery of a skeleton in the desert of a Texas town near the Mexican border. The bones belong to a sheriff from the 1950s, much hated. The current sheriff suspects the murder may have been committed by his own father. As he explores the secrets of the past, he begins to fall in love…with the woman he loved when they were teenagers. Those stories — the murder and the romance — provide the film’s spine and draw us through to the end. But Sayles is up to a lot more than murders and love stories. This film is a wonder.” ©1996 Roger Ebert, RogerEbert.com.

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vintage baseball

Play Ball!

June 26 was the 200th anniversary of Abner Doubleday’s birth. Doubleday was widely–and erroneously–credited with inventing the game of baseball. The Laws of Base Ball, written by Daniel “Doc” Adams, physician and baseball-league organizer, established the basic rules of the game as played today.

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Jaws

“You’ll never go in the water again!”

On June 20, 1975, the movie Jaws hit American theaters, and ocean swimming would never be the same. Shot on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, director Stephen Spielberg employed pneumatic sharks and a cello-driven, haunting musical theme to provoke terror in audiences. With a production budget of $7 million, this underwater nail-biter of a film went on to gross near $471 million worldwide, becoming the first official summer blockbuster.

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Drive In

Drive-Ins

June 6 marks the 86th anniversary of the drive-in movie theater. The first drive-in was the brainchild of Richard Hollingshead of Camden, NJ, who wanted to create a more comfortable movie-going experience for people like his mother, whose size was not accommodated by conventional film-theater seats. At the height of the drive-in’s popularity, there were more than 4,000 such outdoor venues across America.

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