From the Beatles to The Blob’: Philadelphia movie screenings in July

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'The Goonies' is screening this summer in the city. (Image courtesy of Lightbox Film Center.)
'The Goonies' is screening this summer in the city. (Image courtesy of Lightbox Film Center.)

It's the summer in Philadelphia, and while there's plenty to do outside at all times, there's plenty going on in terms of local screenings. Some highlights of what's coming:

A Hard Day’s Night

Just before midnight on July 5, 2019, Ritz at the Bourse (400 Ranstead Street) is showing A Hard Day's Night, the Beatles' 1964 movie that was directed by Richard Lester.

William Friedkin’s Sorcerer

On July 6, the Lightbox Film Center (3701 Chestnut Street) will host a screening of William Friedkin's Sorcerer, the director's 1977 remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot's Wages of Fear, as part of the series Shimmering Synths: The Film Music of Tangerine Dream.

American Graffiti

Where were you in '62? One of the all-time great summer movies, George Lucas's 1973 American Graffiti, plays at the Ritz Five (214 Walnut Street) on July 9 as part of the Classic Movie Essentials series that runs all summer.

Reservoir Dogs

On July 10, as part of its continuing series on Once Upon a Time in…Tarantinos LA, the Philadelphia Film Center (1412 Chestnut Street) will be showing Tarantino's 1992 crime epic Reservoir Dogs in 35mm. The screening is ahead of the release of the director's next film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which arrives in late July.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Also on July 10, the classic 1969 western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, will play at the Ambler Theater (108 East Butler Avenue, Ambler) as part of the Hollywood Summer Nights series.

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

On July 11, the 1964 classic The Umbrellas of Cherbourg will be shown at Bryn Mawr Film Institute (824 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr) The French musical, starring Catherine Deneuve, will be accompanied by a seminar with Maurizio Giammarco, Ph.D., of Temple University's Intellectual Heritage Program.

The Blob

On the weekend of July 12 to 14, the annual Blobfest will return to the Colonial Theater (227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville), which celebrates 1958's The Blob, which was filmed in the area and used that theater as a location. This year marks Blobfest's 20th anniversary.

The Goonies

On July 13, the Lightbox Film Center will host a free screening of Richard Donner's 1985 kids' adventure classic The Goonies as part of its family matinee series.

Lightbox is screening William Friedkin's 'Sorcerer.' (Image courtesy of Lightbox Film Center.)
Lightbox is screening William Friedkin's 'Sorcerer.' (Image courtesy of Lightbox Film Center.)

Jackie Brown

On July 17, the Philadelphia Film Center's Tarantino series continues, with 1997's Jackie Brown, also in 35mm. The film, based on an Elmore Leonard novel, was the director's first movie after Pulp Fiction.

All That Jazz

Fans of the recent FX miniseries Fosse/Verdon should check out All That Jazz, Fosse's semi-autobiographical 1979 film, which will show at BMFI on July 18, also with a seminar and introduction by Maurizio Giammarco.

The Best Man

On July 18, the Philadelphia Film Center's Black Box will show Malcolm D. Lee's beloved 1999 drama The Best Man, as part of its All Throwback Thursday Quizzo & Movie Events.


The Ambler Theater, on July 24, will be showing one of the greatest movies of all time, Michael Curtiz's 1942 Casablanca, as part of its "Hollywood Summer Nights" series.

School Daze

On July 25, the Bryn Mawr Film Institute will host a screening of the early Spike Lee film School Daze, from 1988, complete with an introduction by Usame Tunagur, M.F.A.

Rebel Without a Cause

The 1955 classic Rebel Without a Cause, James Dean's final film, will show at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute on July 31 at 7:30pm, along with a Cinema Classics seminar and an introduction by Mabel Rosenheck, Ph.D.


Also on July 31, the Film Center will be showing Steven Spielberg's 1975 Jaws, the film that kicked off the blockbuster era, in 35mm.

Spider-man, and more with Philly Parks and Rec

Finally, several local institutions have outdoor screening series throughout the summer. As part of the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation series, last year's Oscar-winning animated film Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse is showing at Mifflin Square Park (6th and Ritner) on July 31.

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