The Family Classics Picture Show introduces the magic of cinema to parents and kids with a year-long series of 10 fun and affordable Sunday matinees. The program continues its 6th year on Sunday, March 15 at 2pm with a screening of Kirikou and the Sorceress.
To get families excited about the magic of the movies, each matinee will feature an introduction by actor, magician, and movie buff David Moreland and will include custom enrichment guides to help continue the conversation after the credits roll. Discounted tickets for these special Sunday events are just $3 for adults, $2 for kids, or $10 for an entire family. The Family Classics Picture Show at Cinemapolis is made possible by lead sponsor The Ainslie Reilly Group at Morgan Stanley, with additional support from Mama Goose.
This year’s schedule has a line-up of films that will lead families through cinema’s exciting early years and into the modern age:
- Sun Jan 12 at 2pm – “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944)
Judy Garland stars in this captivating Technicolor musical about a family’s experiences in the year leading up to the 1903 St. Louis World’s Fair. Songs include “The Boy Next Door”, “The Trolley Song”, and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”. As Judy’s little sister Tootie, Margaret O’Brien steals every scene she’s in.
- Sun Feb 16 at 2pm – “The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer” (1947)
In this breezy comedy, a judge (Myrna Loy) orders a playboy (Cary Grant) to wine and dine her little sister (Shirley Temple) so the teenager will get over her infatuation for him. Sidney Sheldon won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
- Sun March 15 at 2pm – “Kirikou & the Sorceress” (1998)
This fanciful animated feature from French artist and director Michel Ocelot is based on a popular folk tale from West Africa. When young boy Kirikou learns that a sorceress is threatening his parents’ village, he leaps into action to save the day, encountering friends, foes, and monsters along the way.
- Sun April 19 at 2pm – “The Sandlot” (1993)
A sweet coming-of-age comedy about the adventures of a 1960’s sandlot baseball team, their acceptance of the new kid on the block, and their ongoing battle with a ferocious neighborhood dog.
- Sun May 17 at 2pm – “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town” (1936)
Frank Capra directed this comedy about a simple small town man (Gary Cooper) who inherits twenty million dollars and wants to give it all away to needy people. Jean Arthur plays the hard-boiled big-city reporter who tries to figure out what makes him tick.
- Sun June 21 at 2pm (Fathers’ Day) – “Shane” (1953)
In this classic Western, a former gunfighter (Alan Ladd) comes to the defense of a homesteading couple and is idolized by their son (Brandon de Wilde). Jack Palance is unforgettable in the role of a creepy hired gunslinger, and Loyal Griggs won an Oscar for his breathtaking cinematography.
- July & August – No movies – Enjoy the great outdoors!
- Sun Sep 13 at 2pm – “Tom Sawyer” (1973)
This musical version of Mark Twain’s story tells of the adventures of Tom Sawyer (Johnnie Whitaker) and his friends, Huckleberry Finn and Becky Thatcher (Jodie Foster), on the great Mississippi River. The songs are by Richard M. & Robert B. Sherman, who wrote the score for “Mary Poppins”.
- Sun Oct 18 at 2pm – “King Kong” (1933)
In this classic monster movie – still exciting after almost 90 years — a film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female star (Fay Wray). He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition – but things go terribly wrong. The final sequence atop the Empire State Building is now cinema folklore!
- Sun Nov 15 at 2pm – Classic Comedy Shorts
The Little Rascals in Title TBA
Laurel & Hardy in “The Music Box”
Buster Keaton in “One Week”
These three wonderful short comic films – each 20-30 minutes long – will tickle the funny bone of everyone in your family; from the littlest tike to your great-granddad.
- Sun Dec 13 at 2pm – “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946)
Frank Capra directed this heartwarming movie about small town banker George Bailey (James Stewart) who has sacrificed his own dreams in order to help others and, in despair, tries to end his life on Christmas Eve. His plan is thwarted by a guardian angel (Henry Travers) who shows George all the lives he’s touched, and how different life would be in his community of Bedford Falls if he had never been born.
The Family Classics Picture Show at Cinemapolis is presented by The Ainslie Reilly Group at Morgan Stanley. While staff and committee members have vetted the films in the Family Classics Picture Show, only parents can decide which films are the right fit for their family. Cinemapolis encourages parents to read about each film at CommonSenseMedia.org before deciding to attend.