Tuesday, June 7, 2016

An Atlanta Tradition: Summer Movies at the Fox

The 2016 Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival at the Fox Theatre is underway and this year's lineup is fantastic! I've been enjoying movies at the Fox since the 1980s, but did you know that the Fox has been showing movies since its opening night in 1929?

There's no other place in Atlanta to experience a movie the way you can at the Fox, from any of their 4,678 seats, the 26' x 56' 8" screen. Get there early...the pre-film program includes a sing-along, playing of the "Mighty Mo" organ, and a classic cartoon!

Here are the films with dates, times, links to tickets and trailers!

Ferris Bueller's Day Off - Friday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. (tickets)

This is one of my all-time favorite films! It will be airing at the Fox Theatre the day before its 30th anniversary. Hard to believe it's been that long! 

Breakfast at Tiffany's - Tuesday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. (tickets)

Twenty-five years earlier, Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard starred in a classic romantic-comedy that won two Oscars and three other nominations.

The Shining - Thursday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m. (tickets)

This 1980 Stanley Kubrick film, starring Jack Nicholson, is still today considered one of the best horror films...ever! 

Shrek - Thursday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. (tickets)

An ogre, a princess and a donkey is the recipe for one of the most laugh-out-loud, hilarious animated fairy-tale films to ever grace the big screen...and every other kind of screen these days! 

Rocky - Thursday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. (tickets)

Amidst a nation's bicentennial celebration in 1976 was an Oscar-winning movie filmed in a mere 28 days. To say that Rocky was a "sleeper" would be an understatement. 

Jurassic Park - Thursday, August 18 at 7:30 p.m. (tickets)

I can hardly believe it's been 23 years! I've shared with you before that when I was a kid I wanted to be an archaeologist, so it's not surprise that I'm a fan of the Jurassic Park films. It'll be awesome to be T-Rex on the big screen again!

Saturday Morning Cartoons - Saturday, August 20 at 10:00 a.m. (tickets)

I'm of the era of the Saturday morning cartoons ritual. Do kids still do that? I remember looking forward to Saturday mornings with great anticipation. And even then I knew that I and other kids wouldn't know classical music as well if it weren't for cartoons! That's another reason I'm grateful for that Saturday morning tradition. (NOTE: The clip below is not what's being shown for this event, it's just for reference.)

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory - Saturday, August 20 at 7:30 p.m.  (tickets)

I was a kid when I saw this movie—and I remember all the candy marketing that went with it! I think I probably (secretly) wished I'd find a golden ticket every time I opened a candy bar. It was a magical, mysterious heart-lifting film. It was one  of Gene Wilder's best, in my opinion, perhaps as good as Young Frankenstein a few years later.

Citizen Kane - Thursday, August 25 at 7:30 p.m. (tickets)

I've not yet seen Citizen Kane, but being an Orson Welles film, an Oscar-winning film and a film about a reporter trying to discover the meaning of a newspaper magnate's dying word...I'm wholly intrigued!

While you're making plans to enjoy the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival, consider booking a Fox Theatre behind-the-scenes guided tour, too! You'll get to see spaces that the general public never sees and learn quite a lot about the theatre's history since 1929!

Go enjoy a film or two...or all of them! 

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