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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

After attracting both media and police attention for accidentally knocking Kate Moss into the River Thames, Edina and Patsy hide out in the south of France.

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19th St. Theatre
Mon (7/25)- 4:00, 7:00 pm
Tues (7/26)- 4:00, 7:30 pm
Weds (7/27)- 4:00, 7:00 pm
Thurs (7/28)- 4:00

Fri (7/29)- 4:00, 7:00 pm
Sat (7/30)- 2:30, 4:45, 7:00 pm
Sun (7/31)- 2:30, 4:45, 7:00 pm
Mon (8/1)- 4:00, 7:00 pm
Tues (8/2)- 4:00 pm
Weds (8/3)- 4:00, 7:00 pm
Thurs (8/4)- 4:00, 7:00 pm

Rated R Running Time 1 hour 30 minutes

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Cafe Society

Set in the 1930s, a young Bronx native moves to Hollywood where he falls in love with the secretary of his powerful uncle, an agent to the stars. After returning to New York he is swept up in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life.

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19th St. Theatre
Fri (7/29)- 3:00, 5:30, 8:00 pm
Sat (7/30)- 3:00, 5:30, 8:00 pm
Sun (7/31)- 3:00, 5:30, 8:00 pm
Mon (8/1)- 4:00, 7:00 pm
Tues (8/2)- 4:00, 7:00 pm
Weds (8/3)- 4:00, 7:00 pm
Thurs (8/4)- 4:00, 7:00 pm

Rated PG-13 Running Time 1 hour 36 minutes

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Summer Dance Film Series

Join us on Thursdays throughout the summer to experience dance from some of the greatest choreographers and companies in the world. From San Francisco’s International Ballet to Alvin Ailey’s Dance Theatre, from Lincoln Center to the United Kingdom, Civic Theatre is proud to present our Summer Dance series. Group rates are available for parties of ten or more, please contact the box office for more information.

Romeo & Juliet
July 28th @ 7:30 PM in Theatre514

With its passionate choreography, spine-tingling swordsmanship and celebrated score by Sergei Prokofiev, this colourful and emotional re-telling of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet has packed houses around the world. Helgi Tomasson’s bravura interpretation of the Bard’s greatest tragedy “lifts Shakespeare’s complex and familiar language off the gilded pages and translates it into lucid classical choreography that is visceral, fresh, and ultimately sublime.” (Huffington Post) San Francisco Ballet’s production of Romeo & Juliet for Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance is made possible by Production Sponsor First Republic Bank. Original production of Helgi Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet was made possible by the E. L. Wiegand Foundation.

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Alvin Ailey Mixed Programme
August 11th @ 7:30 PM in Theatre514

This is your chance to witness an iconic masterpiece of American dance, Alvin Ailey’s Revelations, described by The New York Times as “one of the great works of the human spirit.” This stunning, soulful tour de force draws on African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues. The wide-ranging influences and irrepressible passion of Revelations are evident across the rest of this electrifying programme, which features Wayne McGregor’s sumptuous Chroma, set to a score by Joby Talbot with orchestrations of songs by The White Stripes; Ronald K. Brown’s Grace, a powerful meeting of modern and West African dance with a soundtrack by Duke Ellington, Roy Davis and Fela Kuti; and Robert Battle’s humorous, high-flying Takademe.

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Ballet Hispanico
August 25th @ 7:30 PM in Theatre514

Ballet Hispanico will “whisk us away to contemporary dance’s hottest spot” (Washington Post) in this imaginative and theatrical showcase of Latin-inspired dancing at its best. In Club Havana, the intoxicating rhythms of the conga, rumba, mambo and cha cha are brought to life by choreographer Pedro Ruiz, himself a native of Cuba. Hailed as a “masterpiece” by the Chicago Sun-Times, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s CARMEN.maquia is a Picasso-inspired, contemporary take on Bizet’s classic opera about a passionate gypsy. Riveting from start to finish, the physically charged and sensual choreography fuses contemporary dance with nods to the Spanish paso doble and flamenco.

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Latino Film Series

The Civic Theatre continues its partnership with the Allentown Art Museum with a series of films from Latin-American filmmakers in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art.”


El Hijo De la Novia


July 19, 7:30 p.m., El Hijo De La Novia, Son of the Bride (Argentina) At age 42, Rafael Belvedere is having a crisis. He lives in the shadow of his father, he feels guilty about rarely visiting his aging mother, his ex-wife says he doesn’t spend enough time with their daughter and he has yet to make a commitment to his girlfriend. At his lowest point, a minor heart attack reunites him with Juan Carlos, a childhood friend, who helps Rafael to reconstruct his past and look at the present in new ways.



August 2, 7:30 p.m., Contracorriente, Undertow (Cuba) An unusual ghost story set on the Peruvian seaside; a married fisherman struggles to reconcile his devotion to his male lover within his town’s rigid traditions.

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Y Tu Mama Tambien

August 16, 7:30 p.m., Y Tu Mama Tambien, And Your Mother Too (Mexico) In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.

LGBT Series

LGBT Film Series hosted by: Civic Theatre of Allentown, ArtsQuest, and Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

Presented by: TD Bank

The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, ArtsQuest and Civic are teaming up to present ten films covering multiple aspects of the LGBTQIA experience, including a drama shot in the Wilkes-Barre area (AWOL) and a documentary about an Eskimo community throwing a Pride celebration (Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things), and award-winning films from the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals!

The Celluloid Closet

A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film. *Screening at ArtsQuest


When his estranged father returns, a hairdresser is forced to quit performing at the local drag club.

Women Who Kill

Commitment phobic Morgan and her ex-girlfriend Jean, locally famous true crime podcasters, suspect Morgan’s new love interest is a murderer. *Screening at ArtsQuest


A young woman Joey is in search of direction in her small town. A visit to an army recruiting office appears to provide a path, but when she meets and falls in love with Rayna that path diverges in ways that neither woman anticipates. *Screening at ArtsQuest

Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party

Preacher’s kid Henry Gamble is turning 17 today. Bring your swimsuit.

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Spa Night

A closeted Korean-American teenager takes a job at a Korean spa to help his struggling family, only to discover an underground world of gay sex at the spa that both scares and excites him. *Screening at ArtsQuest

Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things

A feature documentary that explores the complexities of a remote Arctic community holding an LGBTQ pride celebration. Talk back to follow.


Burroughs: The Movie explores the life and times of controversial Naked Lunch author William S. Burroughs, with an intimacy never before seen and never repeated. The film charts the development of Burroughs’ unique literary style and his wildly unconventional life, including his travels from the American Midwest to North Africa and several personal tragedies. Talk back to follow.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. *Screening at ArtsQuest


New Jersey police lieutenant, Laurel Hester, and her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree, both battle to secure Hester’s pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Talk back to follow.


Shakespeare on Screen

Filmed live on stage, Civic Theatre is proud to present a series of some of Shakespeare’s most popular works.

Romeo and Juliet
Thursday, September 29th @ 7:30 PM in Theatre514

Kenneth Branagh directs this beloved tragedy. Starring Lily James and Richard Madden, it tells the age old story of Romeo and Juliet with a modern twist.

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Thursday, October 6th @ 7:30 PM in Theatre514

The searing tragedy of young student Hamlet, tormented by his father’s death and confronting each of us with the mirror of our own mortality in an imperfect world, as told by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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The Tempest
Thursday, October 13th @ 7:30 PM in Theatre514

This culminating masterpiece of Shakespeare’s career pits the desire for revenge against the demands of love and asks if man is capable of creating a brave new world. Christophe Plummer plays the lead as Prospero.

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Antony and Cleopatra
Thursday, October 20th @ 7:30 PM in Theatre514

After the assassination of Julius Caesar, the Roman world is ruled by a triumvirate consisting of Octavius Caesar, Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, and Mark Antony. Much to Caesar’s disgust, however, Antony is neglecting his political and military responsibilities – and his wife in Rome – as he dallies in Alexandria with Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt.

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