The Sebastiani Theatre Foundation continues its Vintage Film Series with classic movies showing one Monday each month, through June.
Movie lovers of all ages now have the opportunity to experience these classic films the way they were meant to be seen – on the big screen. A fundraising effort by the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation, the Vintage Film Series brings some of the most memorable classic films back to the historic Sebastiani Theatre on the Sonoma Plaza.
This year, the Vintage Film Series includes:
• Monday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m., “The Color Purple” (1985), directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Alice Walker (novel) and Menno Meyjes (screenplay) and stars Danny Glover, Whoopie Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey. “The Color Purple” tells the tortuous life story of Celie, a young African American girl growing up in the early 1900s. Rated PG-13.
• Monday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m. “Camelot” (1967), directed by Joshua Logan, the movie stars Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave, and Franco Nero. Written by Alan Jay Lerner (screenplay based on the play “Camelot”) and T. H. White (the book, ”The Once and Future King”), this film is about the marriage of England’s King Arthur to Guinevere. The plot of illegitimate Modred to gain the throne and Guinevere’s growing attachment to Sir Lancelot threaten to topple Arthur and destroy his “roundtable” knights. Rated G.
• Monday, March 10, 7 p.m., “Rain Man” (1988), directed by Barry Levinson and starring Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise and Valeria Golino. Written by Barry Morrow (story and screenplay) and Ronald Bass (screenplay), “Rain Man” is the story of two brothers, who journey across the country together – selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt and autistic savant Raymond, who is the heir to almost all of their father’s fortune. Rated R.
• Monday, April 14, 7 p.m., “The Maltese Falcon” (1941), written and directed by John Huston (screenplay) based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett. Starring Humphrey Bogart as Samuel Spade, Mary Astor, and Gladys George, “The Maltese Falcon” weaves a tale of a private detective who takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette. NR.
• Monday, May 19, 7 p.m., “After The Thin Man” (1936), directed by W. S. Van Dyke and written by Frances Goodrich (screenplay) and Albert Hackett (screenplay) from the story by Dashiell Hammett. In “After The Thin Man,” detective Nick investigates the case of a missing man and later a murder that is connected to Nora’s family. The film stars William Powell, Myrna Loy and James Stewart. NR.
• Monday, June 16, 7 p.m., “The Odd Couple” (1968), stars Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, and John Fiedler. “The Odd Couple “ is the story of two friends trying to share an apartment, but their ideas of housekeeping and lifestyles are as different as night and day. “The Odd Couple” was directed by Gene Saks and written by Neil Simon. Rated G
Vintage Film Series tickets can be purchased for $8 per individual movie. Tickets are available in advance or at the door. Vintage Film Series ticket packets are now available for $40 for the entire upcoming series, a savings of $8.
Wine by the glass will be offered for sale at the Monday evening screenings. All proceeds will benefit the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation. Patrons are invited to “dress in the era” for each film.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and showtime for each vintage film is 7 p.m. To purchase tickets in advance or ticket series packets, call 996-9756.
The Sebastiani Theatre Foundation’s mission is to preserve, enhance and maintain the Sebastiani Theatre for community entertainment and education for current and future generations.
For more information about the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation or to donate, call 540-6119 or visit the website at sebastianitheatrefoundation.org.