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beginagain-posterBegin Again

A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.

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Rated R
1 hour, 44 minutes

In Civic’s Theatre514
Friday, July 18 @ 4:00, 8:00 pm
Saturday, July 19 @ 1:00, 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 pm
Sunday, July 20 @ 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00 pm
Monday – Thursday, July 21 – 24 @ 5:00, 7:30 pm

lifeitself2Life Itself

A documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert.

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1 hour, 55 minutes
Rated R
Documentary | Biography


In Civic’s Nineteenth St Theatre
Monday - Thursday, July 14 – 17 @ 5:00, 7:30 pm
Friday, July 18 @2:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday, July 19 & 20 @ 1:00 pm
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday, July 21, 23 & 24 @ 5:00 pm


Chef Carl Casper suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner, he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife, his friend and his son to launch a food truck . Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen — and zest for life and love.

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Rated R
1 hour, 55 minutes


In Civic’s Theatre514
Monday – Thursday, July 14 – 17 @ 7:30 pm

In Civic’s Nineteenth Theatre
Friday, July 18 @ 5:00, 7:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday, July 19 & 20 @ 3:30, 6:00 pm
Monday, July 21 @ 7:30 pm
Tuesday, July 22 @ 5:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday, July 23 & 24 @ 7:30 pm


ThePrincessBrideThe Princess Bride (1987)
Saturday, July 26 at 11:00 am

Based on William Goldman’s novel of the same name, The Princess Bride is staged as a book read by grandfather (Peter Falk) to his ill grandson (Fred Savage).

Falk’s character assures a romance-weary Savage that the book has much more to deliver than a simpering love story, including but not limited to fencing, fighting, torture, death, true love, giants, and pirates. Indeed, The Princess Bride offers a tongue-in-cheek fairy tale depicting stable boy-turned-pirate Westley’s journey to rescueButtercup (Robin Wright), his true love, away from the evil prince (Chris Sarandon), whom she had agreed to marry five years after learning of what she had believed to be news of Westley’s death. With help from Prince Humperdinck’s disgruntled former employee Miracle Max (Billy Crystal), swordsman Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin), and a very large man named Fezzik (Andre the Giant), the star-crossed lovers are reunited.

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Rated PG | 1 hour and 38 minutes

Coming to Civic Theatre on July 26

General admission tickets are $5 | Member tickets are $4


Family Film Series

Civic Theatre of Allentown is pleased to present our Family Film Series.

Share your love of the film with the important children in your life in our historic 19th Street Theatre.



** All films are at 11 am

  • Saturday, June 28 – - – “The Black Stallion”

  • Saturday, July 12 – - – “Babe”

  • Saturday, July 26 – - – “The Princess Bride”

  • Saturday, August 9 – - – “E.T.”

  • Saturday, August 23 – - – “Fantastic Mr. Fox”


Member Admission $4
Non Member Admission $5

ETE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
- Coming in August!

Both a classic movie for kids and a remarkable portrait of childhood, E.T. is a sci-fi adventure that captures that strange moment in youth when the world is a place of mysterious possibilities (some wonderful, some awful), and the universe seems somehow separate from the one inhabited by grown-ups.

Henry Thomas plays Elliott, a young boy living with his single mother (Dee Wallace), his older brother Michael (Robert MacNaughton), and his younger sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore). Elliott often seems lonely and out of sorts, lost in his own world. One day, while looking for something in the back yard, he senses something mysterious in the woods watching him. And he’s right: an alien spacecraft on a scientific mission mistakenly left behind an aging botanist who isn’t sure how to get home. Eventually Elliott puts his fears aside and makes contact with the “little squashy guy,” perhaps the least threatening alien invader ever to hit a movie screen. As Elliott tries to keep the alien under wraps and help him figure out a way to get home, he discovers that the creature can communicate with him telepathically. Soon they begin to learn from each other, and Elliott becomes braver and less threatened by life. E.T. rigs up a communication device from junk he finds around the house, but no one knows if he’ll be rescued before a group of government scientists gets hold of him.

In 2002, Steven Spielberg re-released E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in a revised edition, with several deleted scenes restored and digitally refurbished special effects.

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Rated PG | 1 hour and 58 minutes

Coming to Civic Theatre on August 9

General admission tickets are $5 | Member tickets are $4


8 and half posterFresh off the international success of La Dolce Vita, master director Frederico Fellini’s next film was a more self-reflexive autobiography that is widely believed to be his finest and most personal work. Marcello Mastroianni again delivers a brilliant performance as Fellini’s alter ego Guido Anselmi, a film director overwhelmed by the large- scale production he has undertaken. World famous for his antics onscreen and off, he juggles his romantic relationships while trying to come up with an idea for his next picture. 8 1/2 is the source material for the Tony-winning and Oscar nominated musical Nine.


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Not Rated | 2 hours and 18 minutes
In Italian with English subtitles

August 5 at 7:30 pm

General admission tickets are $7 | Civic Members and Allentown Art Museum Members are $5


“8 1/2″ is being presented in partnership with the Allentown Art Museum in celebration of the Museum’s exhibition “OF HEAVEN AND EARTH: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums.


grandsed2The Grand Seduction

The small harbor of Tickle Cove is in dire need of a doctor so that the town can land a contract to secure a factory which will save the town from financial ruin. Village resident Murray French leads the search, and when he finds Dr. Paul Lewis he employs – along with the whole town – tactics to seduce the doctor to stay permanently.

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1 hour, 53 minutes
Rated PG-13


In Civic’s Nineteenth St Theatre
Tuesday, July 8 @ 5:00 pm
Wednesday, July 9 @ 7:30 pm
Thursday, July 10 @ 5:00 pm

In Civic’s Theatre514
Friday, July 11 @ 3:00 pm
Saturday, July 12 @ 1:00 pm
Sunday, July 13 @ 12:30 pm
Monday, July 14 @ 5:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday, July 16 & 17 @ 5:00 pm


belle2Belle - Now Playing!

Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode). Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. 

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Rated PG
1 hour, 44 minutes


In Civic’s Nineteenth St Theatre
Monday-Thursday, June 2-5 @ 5:00, 7:30 pm

In Civic’s Theatre514
Friday, June 6 @ 3:30, 5:50, 8:15 pm
Saturday, June 7 @ 1:00, 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 pm
Sunday, June 8 @ 12:00, 2:30, 7:30 pm
Monday – Thursday, June 9 – 12 @ 5:00, 7:30 pm

Only Lovers Left Alive – Opens Friday!112035_gal

Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them?

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Rated R
2 hours & 3 minutes


In Civic’s Theatre514
Thursday, June 5 @ 5:00 pm