Now in its sixth year of free movies and free popcorn under the stars, Enzian Theater and the City of Winter Park’s monthly Popcorn Flicks series kicks it into high entertainment gear this Thursday with the first of what promises to be a fun-filled summer calendar. A camp classic of the sixties superhero genre, Leslie Martinson’s BATMAN: THE MOVIE (1966) was based on the hit TV series of the day and featured Adam West and Burt Ward as the not exactly ripped Caped Crusader and his exclamatory sidekick, Robin. Even more fun is the all-star lineup of villians and the infamous cast that set the standard for quite a few years (at least until Tim Burton got his hands on the franchise): the Penguin (Burgess Meredith), the Riddler (Frank Gorshin), the Joker (Cesar Romero), and Catwoman (Lee Meriwether here in case you’re expecting Julie Newmar or Eartha Kitt). Bat-time is 8:00 PM, and Film Threat staff writer and ex-Florida Film Festival Programming Coordinator Mike Ferraro will be doing the intro remarks–let’s see if he can resist taking any shots at Spidey 3 while he’s up there.
On deck: Frankie and Annette in BEACH BLANKET BINGO (1965) on June 14, co-starring Paul Lynde, Don Rickles, Linda Evans, Harvey Lembeck, and Buster Keaton (!); at long last, Harrison Ford and Karen Allen in Steven Spielberg’s original RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981) on July 12; and back after a five year absence in Central Park, the Marx Bros. in A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (1935), arguably their best film (flip a coin with DUCK SOUP) and one of the great comedies of all time, on August 9. Let’s all think good thoughts and pray to the weather gods that the summer storms cooperate–remember, makeup dates for rain-outs are one week later. See you in the park!