By Matthew Curtis | Enzian Theater June 17, 2008 at 1:52AM
It's all booked and it's all 35mm. Enzian's annual mid-summer film series, KidFest, or the program formerly known as KidFest Peanut Butter Matinees, is set to go for July 22 - 25 and we couldn't be more excited. A supplement to the Young Filmmakers Camp for Grades 5 - 8, ths year's group of rare and unusual kid-friendly films includes (fairly) recently struck prints for 3 out of the 4 titles, so they should look great up on the big Enzian screen.
Kicking things off on Tuesday, July 22, will be Charlie Chaplin's last silent film, MODERN TIMES (1936). After doing Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton the last two years, it'll be fun to expose the kids to the third giant of silent film comedy. Wednesday 7/23 will be Michael Curtiz' multiple Oscar-winning THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938), one of the great swashbucklers of all time starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone and Claude Rains. Richard Lester's immortal musical comedy about a day in the life of The Beatles, A HARD DAY'S NIGHT (1964), returns to the Enzian screen on Thursday, 7/24--it played on a double bill with HELP! in the late 1980s and hasn't made an appearance since. And closing things out on Friday, 7/25, will be Jim Henson and Frank Oz' Tolkien-esque fantasy, THE DARK CRYSTAL (1983), a journey of imagination and creatures far removed from their beloved Muppets.
All films screen at 12:30 PM and admission is a mere $5. So start making plans now for those long lunch breaks and take advantage of this rare opportunity to catch these classics on the big screen. And if you can't miss a little work, you may just be in luck--plans are in the works to try and do some "bonus" screenings either the weekend prior or weekend after for a couple of the titles. Stay tuned...