The lineup for the Victoria Theatre Association's 2019 Cool Film Series.

Cool Film Series to have a ‘dynamite’ beginning this weekend

‘Napoleon Dynamite,’ ‘The Princess Bride’ and a Robert Redford salute part of lineup

Get out the ChapStick! Napoleon Dynamite is coming to town.

A conversation with Jon Heder, who rose to fame as the iconic Idaho teenager in the 2004 indie favorite, headlines and kicks off the Victoria Theatre Association’s revamped 2019 Cool Films Series on July 12.

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Actor Jon Heder rides a horse in the movie "Napoleon Dynamite" (2004). (Photo by Business Wire via Getty Images)
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The “Napoleon Dynamite” screening and chat at the Schuster Center also will include the equally memorable duo of Efren Ramirez (Pedro Sanchez) and Jon Gries (Uncle Rico).

The event includes a full screening of the film, then a moderated discussion with the cast. Before the screening starting at 5:30 p.m., there will be tetherball, games and llamas outside, as well as tots and “dang quesadillas,” according to the Victoria Theatre Association. Beer will be available from Rhinegeist in the Wintergarden in the lobby.

VIP tickets are sold out, but tickets are still available for $40. 

Victoria Theatre Association's Cool Films Series presents a screening of the 2004 comedy "Napoleon Dynamite" and a conversation with the film's stars Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez and Jon Gries (pictured) at the Schuster Center in Dayton on Friday, July 12. CONTRIBUTED

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Cary Elwes as Westley in 1987’s “The Princess Bride.” Elwes will discuss the film and his book “As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride” Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Schuster Center. CONTRIBUTED
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WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR

This year, events will be held at both the Victoria Theatre and the Schuster Center.

The series also will conclude at the Schuster on Sept. 8 with a screening of “The Princess Bride” featuring a conversation with Cary Elwes, who portrayed handsome farmhand Westley in the Rob Reiner comedy classic.

“There is a new phenomenon within performing arts centers across the country in which there are screenings of popular films with the stars of those films present with a moderated Q&A afterward,” said Sue Stevens, VTA vice president of marketing and communications. “We’re happy about kicking things off in a big way. We’re hoping the audience who comes to ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ at the Schuster may not have ever been to a movie at the Victoria. So, we’re hoping we can get them to see the other films we’ll show. We’re also excited to host Cary Elwes, who has written a book about his experience working on ‘Princess Bride.’”

In addition to the return of live organ concerts performed by Justin Stahl and Justin Nimmo on the Victoria’s Mighty Wurlizter, the series includes a marathon weekend devoted to Alfred Hitchcock, a Robert Redford salute, and movie musical screenings of Baz Luhrmann’s dazzling “Moulin Rouge” starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor and the Judy Garland version of “A Star is Born” best known for its Oscar-nominated torch song “The Man That Got Away.”

The Victoria Theatre Association’s Cool Film Series includes Strangers on a Train (1951) at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 14 at the Victoria Theatre. CONTRIBUTED
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In addition, filmmaker/storyboard artist/Dayton native J. Todd Anderson and film archivist/writer/producer George Willeman, who hosts a radio show and podcast “Filmically Perfect,” will give their perspective on two films they feel are notably great. Their “Rules for The Perfect Movie” will tentatively spotlight Elia Kazan’s “A Face in the Crowd.”

“We’re always trying to find a balance between traditional classic movies and modern classics which are more contemporary titles from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s,” Stevens said. “The struggle we’ve had with the films series for the past several years (stems from) the fact that it’s become easy for people to see any title they want on any device they want at any time they want. At one time, all we had to worry about was (competition) from Turner Classic Movies, but now people can stream anything they want. Access is a fabulous thing, but it makes us (work harder) to make our experience unique and more of an event.”

“We’ve found a way to kind of merge the new with the old,” echoed Mechele Pritchard, VTA contracts and licensing director, who says all films shown at the Victoria will be 35 mm print. “We’re not losing our great audience who enjoys classic films. We’re just adding elements in the hope of building a new audience and giving them more of an experience.”

Whether audiences view the series as full of risks or a refreshing change of pace, organizers are eager to see how the lineup is received. Due to the wealth of options throughout the summer, particularly from concerts downtown at Levitt Pavilion, they are confident in providing a condensed, more concentrated slate.

“It’s important for the films series to be re-envisioned,” added Diane Schoeffler-Warren, VTA media and public relations manager. “The series is evolving because audiences are evolving.”

 

TICKETS

Series passbooks are $39. Each book includes 10 film passes and 10 popcorn and soda passes for use in any combination across the series. Single tickets are $7. Tickets for “Napoleon Dynamite” are $40. Tickets for “The Princess Bride” are $150 (VIP price includes meet and greet plus copy of Cary Elwes’ book “As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride”) and $40. Purchase tickets by calling (937) 228-3630 or visiting online at ticketcenterstage.com.

VTA 2019 COOL FILMS SERIES SCHEDULE

Efren Ramirez (left) and Jon Heder in 2004’s “Napoleon Dynamite.” Heder, Ramirez and Jon Gries will participate in a conversation about the film following its Friday, July 12 screening at the Schuster Center. CONTRIBUTED
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Friday, July 12 – Schuster Center

“Napoleon Dynamite: A Conversation with Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez and Jon Gries”

“Napoleon Dynamite” (2004) 7:30 p.m.

The Victoria Theatre Association’s Cool Film Series includes North By Northwest (1959) at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 14 at the Victoria Theatre. CONTRIBUTED
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Sunday, July 14 – Victoria Theatre

An Alfred Hitchcock movie marathon featuring:

“Suspicion” (1941) 11 a.m.

“Dial M For Murder” (1954) 2 p.m.

“Strangers on a Train” (1951) 5 p.m.

“North By Northwest” (1959) 8 p.m.

The Victoria Theatre Association’s Cool Film Series includes Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 19 at the Victoria Theatre. CONTRIBUTED
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Friday, July 19 – Victoria Theatre

“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969) 7:30 p.m.

The Victoria Theatre Association’s Cool Film Series includes All the President s Men (1976) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at the Victoria Theatre. CONTRIBUTED
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Saturday, July 20 – Victoria Theatre

“All the President’s Men” (1976) 7:30 p.m.

The Victoria Theatre Association’s Cool Film Series includes the “Hudsucker Proxy “(1994) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 at the Victoria Theatre. CONTRIBUTED
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Friday, Aug. 16 – Victoria Theatre

“Hudsucker Proxy “(1994) 7:30 p.m.

The Victoria Theatre Association’s Cool Film Series will include A Face in the Crowd (1957) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Victoria Theatre in Dayton. CONTRIBUTED
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Saturday, Aug. 17 – Victoria Theatre

“A Face in the Crowd” (1957) 7:30 p.m.

The Victoria Theatre Association’s Cool Film Series includes Moulin Rouge (2001) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 at the Victoria Theatre. CONTRIBUTED
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Friday, Aug. 23 – Victoria Theatre

“Moulin Rouge” (2001) 7:30 p.m.

The Victoria Theatre Association’s Cool Film Series includes A Star is Born (1954) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Victoria Theatre. CONTRIBUTED
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Saturday, Aug. 24 – Victoria Theatre

“A Star is Born” (1954) 7:30 p.m.

The Victoria Theatre Association’s Cool Film Series includes “The Princess Bride” (1987) on Sept. 8 at 3 p.m. at the Schuster Center. Actor Cary Elwes will participate in a Q&A as part of the event. CONTRIBUTED

Sunday, Sept. 8 – Schuster Center

“The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes”

“The Princess Bride” (1987) 3 p.m.

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