Friday through Sunday

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Having survived the fire that destroyed the laboratory, the Monster demands that Dr. Frankenstein create a mate for him. The thrillingly bizarre scene of Elsa Lanchester’s birth as the Bride is a supreme triumph of Hollywood fantasy.

Franz Waxman’s outstanding musical score helps elevate this film far above its genre.

“Probably the best of the man-made monster genre from any period.” William K. Everson. “One of the oddest and most memorable films ever made in America.” Baseline Movie Guide.

With Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson, Ernest Thesiger, Gavin Gordon, Douglas Walton, Una O’Connor, E.E. Clive, Lucien Prival, O.P. Heggie, Dwight Frye.

Directed by James Whale. Written by William Hurlbut. Photographed by John J. Mescall. Music by Franz Waxman. Universal. 75 minutes.

Plays Friday through Sunday (April 20-22) at 7:30, with weekend matinee at 4:40 Sat/Sun).

Frankenstein (1931)

Dr. Frankenstein creates his famous monster and launches Universal on its trademark genre.

Boris Karloff ’s sympathetic portrayal of the Frankenstein Monster brought him instant stardom (after having played nearly 70 secondary roles).

With Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles, Edward Van Sloan, Dwight Frye, Lionel Belmore, Marilyn Harris.

Directed by James Whale. Written by Garrett Fort, Francis Edwards Faragoh, based on the novel Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Photographed by Arthur Edeson. Universal. 70 minutes.

Plays Friday through Sunday (April 20-22) at 6:05 and 8:55.

 

Wednesday and Thursday

Night of the Hunter (1955)

A psychopathic “preacher” insinuates himself into the lives of a young widow and her two children.

“One of the most frightening movies ever made.” Pauline Kael.

With Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, Don Beddoe, Evelyn Varden, Peter Graves, James Gleason.

Directed by Charles Laughton. Produced by Paul Gregory. Screenplay by James Agee, from the novel by Davis Grubb. Photographed by Stanley Cortez. United Artists. 93 minutes.

Plays Wednesday and Thursday (April 25-26) at 7:30.

The Window (1949)

A young boy witnesses a murder, but because of his penchant for telling lies, no one will believe him. Except for the murderer…

With Barbara Hale, Arthur Kennedy, Paul Stewart, Ruth Roman, Bobby Driscoll, Anthony Ross.

Directed by Ted Tetzlaff. Screenplay by Mel Dinelli. Photographed by Robert de Grasse. Music by Roy Webb. RKO. 73 minutes.

Plays Wednesday and Thursday (April 25-26) at 6:05 and 9:15.