The Family Classics Picture Show re-introduces the Golden Age of Hollywood to parents and kids with a year-long series of 10 fun and affordable Sunday matinees. The program continues on Sunday, February 15th at 2pm with a screening of The Adventures of Robin Hood. To get families excited about the magic of the movies, each matinee will feature an introduction by actor, magician, and movie buff David Moreland and will include custom enrichment guides to help continue the conversation after the credits roll. Discounted tickets for these special Sunday events are just $3 for adults, $2 for kids, or $10 for a “family pass” of up to five people. The Family Classics Picture Show at Cinemapolis is made possible by lead sponsor Wells Fargo Advisors. Appearances by David Moreland are underwritten with support from Mama Goose.
The series is the brainchild of Ithaca City School District teacher (and Cinemapolis board member) Allison Andersen. After developing an educational series of similar screenings at Cinemapolis for the K-5 classes at Fall Creek Elementary, Anderson wanted to open up the concept for the entire community. “As an educator and parent, I've long been interested in the idea of growing literacy,” says Andersen, “the understanding of timeless themes and character motivations—using both books and films, in tandem and in support of one another. This series develops cinema literacy by presenting classic films that express universal themes such as friendship, adversity, family loyalty—all with a healthy dose of silliness!”
Working with Cinemapolis staff and a dedicated committee of volunteers, Andersen has crafted a line-up of films that will lead families through American cinema’s exciting early years and into the modern age:
All shows will begin at 2 pm and will conclude with the distribution of guides that highlight facts about the film, feature excellent books that explore similar themes, and provide a list of additional movies that families can enjoy.
As emcee of the Family Classics Picture Show, David Moreland brings his own family’s love of cinema along with his experience in the movie business. Before moving to Ithaca in 2002, Moreland worked as a character actor in Hollywood and appeared in dozens of television shows and the films Legally Blonde, Donnie Darko, One Hour Photo, and City of Angels. “I don’t think classic films are inherently better than the best of current Hollywood releases, but today’s kids see the current releases over and over, and if we don’t make a special time for the classics, young people will never see them. That’s what the Family Classics Picture Show is all about,” says Moreland. “I’ve shown many of the films in this year’s line-up to my daughters. They’ve asked to see them again and again, and have even chosen them as their birthday party movie, so their friends could see them too.”
The Family Classics Picture Show at Cinemapolis, presented by Wells Fargo Advisors, begins with Singin’ in the Rain on Sunday, January 25th at 2pm. While staff and committee members have vetted the films in the Family Classics Picture Show, only parents can decide which films are the right fit for their family. Cinemapolis encourages parents to read about each film at CommonSenseMedia.org before deciding to attend.
NTL is the National Theatre's groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage to cinemas across the UK and around the world. Fresh on the heels of the National Theatre’s 50th anniversary comes a season filled with big stars and some International (and American!) classics.
A family favorite is up next. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery. Captured live in January, this family friendly production will appear on Cinemapolis screens at 6:30 pm on Thursday, February 19th and again at 1:30 pm on Saturday, February 21st.
In May comes a brand new work from the National Theatre. Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play The Hard Problem, directed by Nicholas Hytner (Othello, Hamlet, One Man, Two Guvnors). This timely new production will appear on Cinemapolis screens at 6:30 pm on Thursday, May 21st and again at 1:30 pm on Saturday, May 23rd.
A true classic, Man and Superman, rounds out the currently scheduled season. Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, Schindler’s List; Oedipus at the National Theatre) plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic. A romantic comedy, an epic fairytale, a fiery philosophical debate, Man and Superman asks fundamental questions about how we live. Captured live in the spring, this new production will appear on Cinemapolis screens at 6:30 pm on Thursday, June 18th and again at 1:30 pm on Saturday, June 20th.
As London’s stage season continues, more titles will be added throughout 2015. Tickets for each of these special, high-definition National Theatre Live broadcasts are available at the Cinemapolis box office and online at cinemapolis.org. General admission tickets are $22 each, with discounted $18 tickets available for students, seniors and Cinemapolis members.