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July 16 – August 27, 2015

Join us atop the Hotel deLuxe’s parking structure at SW 15th and Yamhill for our 11th annual program of cinema under the stars. Doors open at 7 PM with food and beverages available for purchase from select food carts and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Music begins at 8 PM and films begin around dusk.

Entry for advance ticket holders is guaranteed until 8:30 PM. Advance tickets ensure that you will not have to wait in the ticket purchase line but do not guarantee entry after 8:30 PM. A limited number of chairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so feel free to bring a chair, pillow, or blanket, along with a light sweater or jacket. Advance ticket holders who arrive after 8:30 PM but are not admitted to the screening (in the case of a sell-out) may exchange their tickets for another Top Down screening. There are no refunds or exchanges for arrivals after the film begins (c. 9 PM) or for entirely missed screenings. We appreciate your understanding. Please, no pets or outside food or drink.

Thanks to our sponsors: Hotel deLuxe, Peter Corvallis Productions, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Portland Mercury, Yelp! Portland, KIND Healthy Snacks, PDX Pipeline, and Artslandia.

Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life

Directed by Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam

With something to offend most any sensibility, the comedy troupe of Monty Python offers this comprehensive and nonsensical guide to

Rock ‘n’ Roll High School

Directed by Allan Arkush

When Principal Togar tries to confiscate ex-cheerleader and aspiring songwriter Riff Randall’s (P.J. Soles) ticket to the upcoming Ramones concert

Sexy Beast

Directed by Jonathan Glazer

Famed music video director (Radiohead, Blur) Jonathan Glazer’s first feature updates the classic heist film with equal doses of sharp

Song of the Thin Man

Directed by Edward Buzzell

The last of the six classic Thin Man films pairs William Powell as Nick Charles—the nattiest ex-cop you’ll ever meet—and

Strangers on a Train

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Tennis pro Guy Haines is in a bad marriage when he’s approached by a perfect stranger, Bruno (Robert Walker), who

The 10th Victim

Directed by Elio Petri

“Petri’s black comedy imagines the hunting of humans as a government-sanctioned, globally televised sport, a gladiatorial combat meant to relieve

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

The film that made the director an international cinema icon, Women—in typical Almodóvar style—weaves an array of colorful characters into



The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.