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Summer Movie Magic

Classic Films Presented In A Classic Movie Palace

 

There's something for everyone in the 18th Annual Summer Movie Magic lineup! Movie-goers will travel back in time and see these American classics as they should be: in a historic theater, with a bag of popcorn in their lap, and a cold drink in their hand. Come experience some of your favorite classics, from Hitchcock to Spielberg, in an opulent setting. Both digital and 35mm films will be screened this year, and organists Bill Snyder and Freddie Brabson will play the Mighty Wurlitzer organ before each film. This season, we introduced a new “Viewer’s Choice” category, where our fans voted on the Tennessee Theatre’s official Facebook and Twitter to choose what will be shown at the season finale screening! This year’s winner is Top Gun, beating out The Sting and Tootsie.

The complete 2016 Summer Movie Magic Series presented by Denark Construction is as follows:


Tickets can be purchased starting on Friday, May 20 at the Tennessee Theatre box office, Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 865-684-1200 and are $9.00 adult, $7.00 children under 12 and seniors 65 and over; Subscriptions are $45.00 adult and $35.00 children and seniors.

“Summer Movie Magic is a long-standing tradition at the Tennessee Theatre, paying homage to the theater’s history and legacy as a movie palace,” said Becky Hancock, the Theatre’s Executive Director. “From opening day in 1928 and every year since, the Tennessee’s movie screen has featured Hollywood’s most beloved films and created special memories for movie-goers of all ages.” 

Denark Construction returns as the presenting sponsor of the beloved Knoxville tradition! “Denark Construction is proud to be the presenting sponsor of Summer Movie Magic at the historic Tennessee Theatre,” said president Frank Rothermel. “Denark was construction manager for the comprehensive renovation completed in 2005, and the Tennessee is very special to our team, just as it is to the entire community.”

Some Like It Hot

Maybe "nobody's perfect," as one character in this masterpiece suggests, but some movies are perfect, and Some Like It Hot is one of them. When Chicago musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) accidentally witness a gangland shooting, they quickly board a southbound train to Florida, disguised as Josephine and Daphne, the two newest and homeliest members of an all-girl jazz band. Their cover is perfect ... until a lovelorn singer (Marilyn Monroe) falls for Josephine, an ancient playboy (Joe E. Brown) falls for Daphne, and a mob boss (George Raft) refuses to fall for their hoax! The script by director Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond is beautifully measured; everything works, like a flawless clock. Nominated for 6 Academy Awards, Some Like It Hot is the quintessential madcap farce and one of the greatest of all film comedies. 

Casablanca 

Casablanca: easy to enter but much harder to leave, especially if your name is on the Nazis' most-wanted list! Atop that list is Czech Resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), whose only hope is Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a cynical American who sticks his neck out for no one ... especially Victor's wife Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), the ex-lover who broke his heart. So when Ilsa offers herself in exchange for Laszlo's safe transport out of the country, the bitter Rick must decide what's more important -- his own happiness or the countless lives that hang in the balance. Winner of three Academy Awards including Best Picture. 

The Goonies 

From the imaginaton of Steven Speilberg, The Goonies plunges a band of small heroes into a swashbuckling, surprise-around-every-corner quest beyond their wildest dreams! Following a mysterious treasure map into a spectacular underground realm of twisting passages, outrageous booby-traps and a long-lost pirate ship full of golden doubloons, the kids race to stay one step ahead of a family of bumbling bad guys ... and a mild-mannered monster with a face only a mother could love. A family adventure classic from start to buccaneering finish,The Goonies is a cinematic treasure trove of breathtaking action, dazzling effects and shiver-yer-timbers thrills. 

Breakfast at Tiffany's

The names Audrey Hepburn and Holly Golightly have become synonymous since this dazzling romantic comedy was translated to the screen from Truman Capote's best-selling novella. Holly is a deliciously eccentric New York City playgirl determined to marry a Brazilian millionaire. George Peppard plays her next-door neighbor, a writer who is "sponsored" by a wealthy Patricia Neal. Guessing who's the right man for Holly is easy. Seeing just how that romance blossoms is one of the enduring delights of this gem-like treat set to Henry Mancini's Oscar-winning score and the Oscar-winning Mancini-Johnny Mercer song "Moon River." 

Psycho 

Alfred Hitchcock's landmark masterpiece of the macabre stars Anthony Perkins as the troubled Norman Bates, whose old dark house and adjoining motel are not the place to spend a quiet evening. No one knows that better than Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), the ill-fated traveler whose journey ends in the notorious "shower scene." First a private detective, then Marion's sister (Vera Miles) searches for her, and the horror and suspense mount to a terrifying climax where the mysterious killer is finally revealed. 

Top Gun

Tom Cruise sets the screen ablaze as Maverick, a reckless F-14 pilot who flies by instinct and breaks all the rules. While attending the Navy's elite air combat training academy, Maverick romances the civilian astrophysics instructor (Kelly McGillis) and competes with crackerjack pilot Ice (Val Kilmer) for top honors. He is the quintessential rebel, upsetting senior officers with his antics and risk-taking while simultaneously amazing them with his skill, but can he come though when the stakes are raised and his skills are put to the test?