For 20 Years Now, the Magic of Movies Reflected in Cinema at the Square at PlayhouseSquare

Thu 8/3-Sat 8/20

Cleveland’s own PlayhouseSquare is mostly associated with live entertainment, but it wasn’t always that way. Cinema on the Square, celebrating its 20th consecutive summer in 2017, revives the grand old era — pre home-video, pre-cable, pre-Netflix — when downtown was a destination for movie venues, especially for the grandest “road show” films that barnstormed continuously around the country.

Live Kimball organ music interludes and classic pre-movie cartoons accompany the carefully chosen milestone feature entries — which, we hasten to add, are generally more entertaining than what’s in the multiplexes now (or did you really think the world needed another Pirates of the Caribbean sequel?).

The extra-special lineup kicks off with Singin’ in the Rain (Thu 8/3, pictured), followed by Top Hat (Fri 8/4); The Wizard of Oz (Sat 8/5); Purple Rain (Sat 8/5); Annie (Sun 8/6); When Harry Met Sally (Thu 8/10); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Fri 8/11); Charade (Sat 8/12); Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (Sat 8/12); Charlotte’s Web (Sun 8/13); The Blues Brothers (Thu 8/18); Casablanca (Fri 8/19); Sabrina (Sat 8/20); The Shining (Sat 8/20).

Showtimes on Thursdays and Fridays are 7:30pm. Saturday presentations happen at 2pm and 7:30pm. General admission ticket price is $5 per individual show (including the weekend matinees). The films are shown at the Connor Palace Theatre.


[Written by Charles Cassady]

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