Finally… Austin’s beautiful Paramount Theatre (the location of many a premiere during SXSW) has announced the schedule for its annual “Summer Classic Film Series.” Starting May 24 and running until September 8, this is one of the best things to do during the summers in Austin (because who wants to be out in the Texas sun every day?). There is a swarm of various classic films from various periods on their way to the Paramount, and many inspired double-features. Get the full list here.:
Some of the highlights for yours truly include:
– Hitch without Big Willie: a May 30-31 double bill of Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief and The Trouble with Harry
– Fright Nights: a June 8-9 bill featuring It Came from Outerspace and Creature from the Black Lagoon
– The real Harrison Ford: the complete Indiana Jones trilogy on June 17 and 19
– The real Pacino: a June 26 double bill of Serpico and Dog Day Afternoon
– The Nazis are the enemy: a 70mm print of Patton on July 6-7
– Harold Lloyd mania: July 11-12 has Safety Last and The Freshman
– Henry Fonda will not be there: Aug. 7-8 has a double bill of Twelve Angry Men and Mister Roberts.
– San Fran Nights: Dirty Harry and Bullitt, on Aug. 9 and 10.
… and just plenty, plenty more. Though, the award for most hit-and-miss double feature of the series goes to Aug. 12 and 13, with Giant and Bye, Bye, Birdie. The former is an incredible classic, and the latter is an obnoxious barrage of cheese. What do they have in common? Granted, I’ll take Janet Leigh and Ann-Margret over Elizabeth Taylor any day… except August 12 and 13.