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In Mr. Michell’s magically buoyant and bittersweet film, Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan play a long-married couple who revisit Paris for a long weekend for the first time since their honeymoon, in hopes of rekindling their relationship-or, perhaps, to bring it to an end.

Diffident, wistful Nick (Broadbent) and demanding, take-charge Meg (Duncan) careen from harmony to disharmony to resignation and back again as they take stock and grapple with love, loss, regret and, disappointment, in their own very English way. When Meg and Nick run into their insufferably successful old friend Morgan, an American academic superstar with a fancy Parisian address played with pure delight by Jeff Goldblum, their squabbles rise to a register that’s both emotionally rich and very funny.

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R
1 hour & 33 minutes
Drama | Comedy

SHOWTIMES

In Civic’s Theatre514
Friday, April 25 @ 2:00, 6:15 pm
Saturday & Sunday, April 26 & 27 @ 2:15, 6:30 pm
Monday, April 28 @ 7:30 pm
Tuesday, April 29 @ 5:00 pm
Wednesday, April 30 @ 7:30 pm
Thursday, May 1 @ 5:00 pm

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The Grand Budapest Hotel – LAST CHANCE!

The latest film from acclaimed American Filmmaker Wes Anderson (“Moonrise Kingdom”) “The Grand Budapest Hotel” recounts the adventures of Gustave H., a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. “… Hotel” features an all-star cast led by Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Jude Law, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Edward Norton and more.

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Rated R
1 hour, 40 minutes

SHOWTIMES

In Civic’s Theatre514
Monday – Thursday, April 21-24 @ 5:00, 7:30 pm

11176303_detThe Lunchbox – Returns Friday!

Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to her husband at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day’s lunchbox, in the hopes of getting to the bottom of the mystery. This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and even small joys. They each discover a new sense of self and find an anchor to hold on to in the big city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes and dreams.

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PG
1 hour & 44 minutes
Drama | Romance
In Hindi & English, with English subtitles

SHOWTIMES

Friday, April 25 @ 4:00, 8:20 pm
Saturday, April 26 @ 12:00, 4:15, 8:35 pm
Sunday, April 27 @ 12:00, 4:15 pm

Monday, April 28 @ 5:00 pm
Tuesday, April 29 @ 7:30 pm
Wednesday, April 30 @ 5:00 pm
Thursday, May 1 @ 7:30 pm

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Silent Film: The Mark of Zorro (1920)

Patrons, new to silent films as well as veteran silent film watchers, will be excited to marvel at the sights and sounds when Civic presents another installment in its ongoing series of silent film classics on Tuesday, May 13 at 7:30 pm.

The well known 1920 film, The Mark of Zorro, features Douglas Fairbanks and Noah Beery will be shown in the Historic Nineteenth Street Theatre. The first film to introduce the masked hero, Zorro, makes this a genre-defining swashbuckler adventure you won’t want to miss! Not only did the silent film star Douglas Fairbanks play the leading role in The Mark of Zorro but he also adapted the screenplay and produced the movie for his own production company.

The Mark of Zorro tells the story of Don Diego Vega, the outwardly foppish son of a wealthy ranchero Don Alejandro in the old Spanish California of the early 19th century. Seeing the mistreatment of the peons by rich landowners and the oppressive colonial government, Don Diego, who is not as effete as he pretends, has taken the identity of the masked Robin Hood-like rogue Señor Zorro, champion of the people, who appears out of nowhere to protect them from the corrupt administration of Governor Alvarado, his henchman the villainous Captain Juan Ramon and the brutish Sergeant Pedro Gonzales. With his sword flashing and an athletic sense of humor, Zorro scars the faces of evildoers with his mark, “Z.”

When not in the disguise of Zorro, dueling and rescuing peons, Don Diego courts the beautiful Lolita Pulido with bad magic tricks and worse manners and she cannot stand him. Who will win the hand of the beautiful Miss Lolita? Don Diego or Señor Zorro? Bring the entire family to find out!

Why come to a Silent Film?

For those of you who have never been lucky enough to see a silent film, it is a truly an experience celebrating a classic American art form. You experience the movies the way the audiences did 100 years ago. When you realize all of the sounds effects come from the theatre’s original Moeller organ, you will truly be amazed!

Who would like a Silent Film?

The entire family! Civic Theatre is the only theatre in the area to bring a silent film experience back to the silver screen. A different kind of fun…it is a truly unique experience… a low-tech high entertainment way to watch a movie that you will not believe.

How to buy tickets?

At the box office or online at www.civictheatre.com
General Admission: $12
Students/Seniors: $10
Members: $9

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.

 

 

  • 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

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The Black Stallion (1979)
- Coming in June!

This beautifully mounted adaptation of Walter Farley’s story for children tells the tale of Alec (Kelly Reno), a young boy touring the world with his adventurous salesman father (Hoyt Axton).

While travelling back to the United States by ship, Alec discovers a wild, beautiful Arabian stallion being brought along in the cargo hold. When disaster strikes at sea, the ship sinks, and Alec and the stallion are the only survivors. Alone together on a nearby island, the boy and the horse develop a relationship; wary of each other at first, they learn to trust each other, and they become close friends. When a rescue party finally finds Alec, he refuses to leave the island without the stallion, and the horse goes with Alec to the small town that is his home. Alec’s mother (Teri Garr) is at a loss about what to do with this remarkable but difficult animal. Henry Dailey (Mickey Rooney), an elderly horse trainer who lives in the neighborhood, senses a special connection between the boy and his horse; he’s soon convinced that with the right training, and the boy as his jockey, the horse could be a champion on the race course.

First-time director Carroll Ballard captures the mysterious relationship between humans and animals, treating the stallion with the same intelligence and respect as the rest of his cast; he also draws fine, understated performances from Kelly Reno and Mickey Rooney, and Caleb Deschanel’s photography makes this a feast for the eyes. The Black Stallion is that rare contemporary family film that will fascinate adults as much as their kids, if not more so

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Rated G | 1 hour and 58 minutes

Coming to Civic Theatre on June 28

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

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- Coming in July!

A young pig fights convention to become a sheep dog — or, rather, sheep pig — in this charming Australian family film, which became an unexpected international success due to superior special effects and an intelligent script.

The title refers to the name bestowed on a piglet soon after his separation from his family, when he finds himself on a strange farm. Confused and sad, Babe is adopted by a friendly dog and slowly adjusts to his new home. Discovering that the fate of most pigs is thedinner table, Babe devotes himself to becoming a useful member of the farm by trying to learn how to herd sheep, despite the skepticism of the other animals and the kindly but conventional Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell).

Because technically impeccable animatronics and computer graphics allow the farm animals to converse easily among themselves, first-time director Chris Noonan can treat the film’s menagerie as actual characters, playing scene not for cuteness but for real emotions. The result is often surprisingly touching, with Noonan and George Miller’s script, based on Dick King-Smith’s children’s book and, indirectly, a true story, seamlessly combining gentle whimsy and sincere feeling. These same qualities are embodied by in Cromwell’s beautifully understated performance as Farmer Hoggett, which anchors the film. Despite its unlikely premise and low profile, Babe’s inspirational story was embraced by audiences and critics, and the movie became an international sleeper that won an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. It was followed in 1999 by the less successful Babe: Pig in the City.

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Rated G | 1 hour and 29 minutes

Coming to Civic Theatre on July 12

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

ThePrincessBrideThe Princess Bride (1987)
- Coming in July!

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

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

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Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
- Coming in August!

A wily fox uses his formidable cunning to outsmart three feeble-minded farmers, who resort to extreme tactics to protect their chickens in director Wes Anderson’s animated adaptation of the popular Roald Dahl children’s book. For 12 years, Mr. and Mrs. Fox (voices of George Clooney and Meryl Streep) have lived a peaceful life in the wilderness with their son, Ash (voice of Jason Schwartzman). Shortly after their young nephew Kristofferson (voice of Eric Anderson) arrives for a visit, Mr. Fox’s long-suppressed animal instincts begin to take over and the faithful family man resorts back to his old ways as a cunning chicken thief, endangering not only his family but the entire animal community as well. When evil farmers Boggis, Bunce, and Bean force the animals underground in a desperate attempt to capture the audacious Mr. Fox, dwindling food supplies force the frightened animals to band together in one last attempt to fight for the land that is rightfully theirs. Bill Murray, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, and Owen Wilson provide additional voices.

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 27 minutes

Coming to Civic Theatre on August 23

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