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1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

The Box Office opens 30 minutes prior to showtime.

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$9 General
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THE 10-MINUTE RULE
Seats for advance ticket and pass holders are held until 10 minutes before showtime, when any unfilled seats are released to the public. Thus, advance tickets or passes ensure that you will not have to wait in the ticket purchase line but do not guarantee a seat in the case of arrival after the 10-minute window has begun. Your early arrival also helps get screenings started promptly. We appreciate your understanding. Advance ticket holders who arrive within the 10-minute window but are not seated may exchange their tickets for another screening at the Ticket Outlet or obtain a cash refund at the theater. There are no refunds or exchanges for late arrivals or for missed screenings.



   
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Universal Pictures: Celebrating 100 Years

“The Universal Film Manufacturing Company incorporated in 1912, the result of a merger between a number of independent companies that had been battling Thomas Edison’s Motion Picture Patents Trust. Universal would go on to become the oldest continuously operating film producer and distributor in the United States. In an industry defined by change, Universal’s spinning globe logo has remained, along with its back lot and tour in Universal City, Calif.

From its beginning under Carl Laemmle, there existed a tension between Universal’s need to produce low-budget ‘programmers’ and the ‘major minor’s’ desire to compete alongside better-capitalized studios—with their national theater chains—on the level of big-budget A pictures. Ironically, while several of Universal’s early ‘prestige’ titles are beloved classics today, including ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930), it remains the B pictures, including its iconic 1930s horror cycle (FRANKENSTEIN, DRACULA, THE MUMMY), that epitomize its contribution to film art and commerce.

This irony informs Universal’s post-war emergence as a global entertainment power. After anti-trust actions leveled the playing field in the 1940s, Universal moved into the A-list with superlative mass entertainment that ennobled populist genres, including westerns (WINCHESTER ’73), thrillers (THE BIRDS), and sex farces (PILLOW TALK). Universal also innovated new industry practices, pioneering the ‘percentage deal’ and embracing television production.

It changed the game again with JAWS (1975), which established the ‘blockbuster’ formula that still dominates the industry today. Throughout its history, Universal has translated economic necessity into a uniquely American challenge to the distinctions between prestigious and popular entertainment.”—UCLA Film and Television Archive

“Universal Pictures: Celebrating 100 Years,” featuring new 35mm prints and restorations, is organized by Universal Pictures and the UCLA Film and Television Archive and is presented by American Express.



Fri, Jan 4, 2013
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Sat, Jan 5, 2013
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THE BIRDS
DIRECTOR: ALFRED HITCHCOCK
US, 1963

Following on the heels of NORTH BY NORTHWEST and PSYCHO, Alfred Hitchcock’s THE BIRDS does for our fine feathered friends what PSYCHO did for showers, as a seaside community is terrorized when seemingly normal birds turn suddenly and inexplicably malevolent. This slow-building and visually striking classic Hitchcock thriller is of special note for Bernard Herrmann’s evocative score composed entirely of manipulated bird sounds. (120 mins.)

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Sat, Jan 5, 2013
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Sun, Jan 6, 2013
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THE BLACK CAT
DIRECTOR: EDGAR G. ULMER
US, 1934

Austrian-born Edgar G. Ulmer assisted F.W. Murnau on SUNRISE before directing this elegant fever dream. Honeymooners are trapped in the mansion of a sinister war profiteer (Boris Karloff) who’s hounded by an avenging doctor (Bela Lugosi). The film’s astonishing sets range from art deco extravagance to subterranean chambers—everything symbolically perched on a battlefield. (70 mins.)

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Sat, Jan 5, 2013
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Sun, Jan 6, 2013
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ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT
DIRECTOR: LEWIS MILESTONE
US, 1930

Inspired by the bombastic speeches of their instructor (“The field of honor calls you …”), a group of German school friends find their romantic notions crushed by the horrors of war in the trenches of World War I. Director Lewis Milestone brought Erich Maria Remarque’s international bestseller to the sound screen with unprecedented technical finesse and searing artistic power. An unforgettable experience, ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT is presented in a new restoration. (143 mins.)

Winner of the Academy Award for Best Film.


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Thu, Jan 10, 2013
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Sat, Jan 12, 2013
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NEVER GIVE A SUCKER AN EVEN BREAK
DIRECTOR: EDWARD CLINE
US, 1941

In this W.C Fields classic, Fields plays himself searching for a chance to promote a surreal screenplay he has written. This zany collection of song, slapstick, and thumbnail sketches will make you—no matter your age—“laugh your head off.”—The New York Times (70 mins.)

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Thu, Jan 10, 2013
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WHERE ARE MY CHILDREN?
DIRECTOR: LOIS WEBER, PHILLIPS SMALLEY
US, 1916

An overzealous prosecutor accuses a local doctor of performing illegal abortions, unaware of his own wife’s complicity in helping create choices for women. Not surprisingly, Weber’s content and themes stirred huge controversy and caused the film to be banned in some states, though critics generally praised the film for its sensitive handling of difficult moral and social issues. Little known today, Weber was one of a whole cadre of women directors working at Universal in the 1910s, and her highly controversial and successful blockbuster made her one of the most powerful women in Hollywood. (62 mins.)

The screening scheduled for Sunday, January 13 at 2:30 p.m. has been canceled.


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Sat, Jan 12, 2013
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Thu, Jan 17, 2013
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DO THE RIGHT THING
DIRECTOR: SPIKE LEE
US, 1989

Often cited as one of the most moving films ever to deal with racism in America, Lee’s masterpiece is immediately both more comic and more nerve-wracking than can be imagined before it is experienced. Taking place over a scorching 24 hours across a few Brooklyn city blocks, the film assembles a crowd of characters facing tensions both racial and personal, goading the viewer to take a side as the tensions rise. “The funniest, most stylized, most visceral New York street scene this side of Scorseseland.”—J. Hoberman, Village Voice (120 mins.)

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Sat, Jan 12, 2013
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Sun, Jan 13, 2013
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PILLOW TALK
DIRECTOR: MICHAEL GORDON
US, 1959

A colossal critical and box office success, the sophisticated bedroom farce PILLOW TALK stars one of Hollywood’s most well-known screen couples, Rock Hudson and Doris Day. Brad Allen and Jan Morrow are strangers who happen to share a phone line—and also happen to hate each other—until Brad decides to amuse himself by adopting a Texan accent and sweet-talking Jan over the phone. What’s he going to do when he realizes he’s fallen in love with Jan? The film garnered Day her only Oscar nomination, established her as a fashion icon, and became her most identifiable role. (110 mins.)

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Sun, Jan 13, 2013
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Mon, Jan 14, 2013
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DRACULA
DIRECTOR: TOD BROWNING
US, 1931

One of the earliest sound horror films, Tod Browning’s moody and atmospheric realization of Bram Stoker’s novel was a turning point for American horror film. Its success helped lead the way for countless monster films to follow. In the title role, Bela Lugosi, with his piercing gaze and deliberate delivery, set the standard by which all future Draculas would be judged. (75 mins.)

SINGLE OR DOUBLE FEATURE (Double feature with THE MUMMY)

Double features cost an additional $3 to stay for both films. To purchase an advanced ticket for the double feature, be sure to select the DOUBLE FEATURE rather than the single ticket.


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Sun, Jan 13, 2013
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Mon, Jan 14, 2013
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THE MUMMY
DIRECTOR: KARL FREUND
US, 1932

Ten years after the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb created a sensation around the world, Universal gratified public demand for all things Egypt with this chilling tale of a cursed mummy reanimated by an ancient spell. Boris Karloff’s portrayal of Imhotep, the moldering monster driven to possess the modern-day incarnation of his long-lost love, is as unforgettable as his bandaged visage. (78 mins.)

SINGLE OR DOUBLE FEATURE (Double feature with DRACULA)

Double features cost an additional $3 to stay for both films. To purchase an advanced ticket for the double feature, be sure to select the DOUBLE FEATURE rather than the single ticket.


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Fri, Jan 18, 2013
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Sun, Jan 20, 2013
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MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION
NWFC & YU PRESENT
DIRECTOR: DOUGLAS SIRK
US, 1954

If ever a movie was made that could be called an American opera, this was it: the story of a spoiled young man who falls in love with a widow after indirectly causing her husband’s death. The hero’s “obsession” with making compassion the new focus of his life plays out against saturated pictures of middle America, and even the leading man, Hollywood legend Rock Hudson, looks too perfect to be real. (108 mins.)

Presented in conjunction with the Angie Keefer exhibition at Yale Union (YU), January 18-March 22.


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Sat, Jan 19, 2013
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JAWS
DIRECTOR: STEVEN SPIELBERG
US, 1975

A killer great white shark threatens bathers on the beaches of a small New England island community, leading three citizens to go out and confront the menace. Along with George Lucas’ STAR WARS which followed the next summer, JAWS had a seismic impact on the landscape of Hollywood, making the big budget, summer blockbuster the cornerstone of studio economics for decades to come. (124 mins.)

Newly restored 35mm print.


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Sun, Jan 20, 2013
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Mon, Jan 21, 2013
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BLIND HUSBANDS
DIRECTOR: ERICH VON STROHEIM
US, 1919

After working as an assistant director and actor for D.W. Griffith, von Stroheim (FOOLISH WIVES, GREED) made his directorial debut with this film, in which he plays an Austrian military officer who attempts to seduce a surgeon’s wife while on a Swiss holiday. One of the director’s most successful films, it was released without front office interference, unlike the fate of so many subsequent von Stroheim productions. (92 mins.)

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Fri, Jan 25, 2013
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Mon, Jan 28, 2013
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THE STING
DIRECTOR: GEORGE ROY HILL
US, 1973

The epitome of the 1970s buddy film, THE STING stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford as Depression-era con men. Newman is a seasoned, always drunk veteran who is game for one final score before retirement. With its Scott Joplin soundtrack and 1930s atmosphere, the film, which won the Oscar for Best Picture, is suffused with the undeniable charisma of Redford and Newman. (129 mins.)

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Sat, Jan 26, 2013
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WINCHESTER ’73
DIRECTOR: ANTHONY MANN
US, 1950

Cowboy Lin McAdam wins a prized Winchester rifle in a contest only to have it stolen by a rival. Unbeknownst to McAdam (James Stewart), the rival is actually his long-lost brother who had murdered their father, thus setting off an epic, Cain-and-Abel struggle between good and evil. Written by classic western novelist and screenwriter Borden Chase, WINCHESTER ’73 helped kick off a tidal wave of complex, adult westerns in the 1950s that eschewed the genre’s previously black-and-white morality. (92 mins.)

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Wed, Jan 30, 2013
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IMITATION OF LIFE
DIRECTOR: JOHN M. STAHL
US, 1934

The lives of a black maid (Louise Beavers) and a white widow (Claudette Colbert) intersect in a scheme to manufacture pancake batter in this melodrama from an unfortunately little-known director. Nominated for three Academy Awards, IMITATION OF LIFE was named by Time Magazine in 2007 as one of the 25 most important films on race. (116 mins.)

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Sat, Feb 2, 2013
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SHOW BOAT
DIRECTOR: JAMES WHALE
US, 1936

This was Universal’s second attempt at bringing Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein’s Broadway sensation to the screen, and it still shines as Hollywood’s best adaptation. Director James Whale channels the play’s frank depictions of gambling, alcoholism, and racism into brooding, expressionist compositions while giving ample sweep and bounce to riveting musical numbers including Paul Robeson’s always stirring rendition of “Ol’ Man River” and Helen Morgan’s heartbreaking “Bill.” Starring Irene Dunne and Allan Jones. (115 mins.)

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Sat, Feb 2, 2013
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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
DIRECTOR: ROBERT MULLIGAN
US, 1962

Based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD depicts everyday life in the small, dusty town of Maycomb, Ala. in the 1930s, as seen through the eyes of two children, Jem and Scout Finch. When their widowed father Atticus, a principled lawyer, agrees to represent a black man accused of raping a white woman, they are confronted with the realities of prejudice and injustice as the trial unfolds, challenging their heretofore innocent childhood. (130 mins.)

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