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Fox Theatre waxes nostalgic with Summer Film Festival lineup

BY HOWARD POUSNER / AJC

Atlanta’s most historic movie theater has announced a most retro lineup for its 2014 Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival, including nine movies celebrating big-number anniversaries.

They include “The Wizard of Oz,” “Gone With the Wind” and “The Women” (each 75th anniversary); “Double Indemnity” (70th); “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” and a sing-a-long version of “Mary Poppins” (each 50th); a double-feature of “Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein” (40th each); and “Field of Dreams” (25th).

As is the tradition at the 1929 movie palace, the screenings will include a pre-show sing-along with the Mighty Mo organ and a vintage cartoon.

The lineup, which has included a few contemporary films in recent summers, goes fully nostalgic this year:

7:30 p.m. June 19: “Field of Dreams” (featuring a special pre-show performance by Atlanta Braves organist Matthwe Kaminski)

2 p.m. June 22: “King Kong” (1933 version)

7:30 p.m. June 26: “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”

2 p.m. June 29: “The Wizard of Oz”

7:30 p.m. July 24: “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”

2 p.m. July 27: “Gone With the Wind”

7:30 p.m. July 31: “The Philadelphia Story”

10 a.m. Aug. 2: vintage Saturday morning cartoons

7:30 p.m. Aug. 2: “Mamma Mia!”

2 p.m. Aug. 3: “Young Frankenstein” and “Blazing Saddles”

7:30 p.m. Aug. 14: “Double Indemnity”

2 p.m. Aug. 17: “Mary Poppins” sing-a-long

7:30 p.m. Aug. 21: “The Women” (75th anniversary)

General admission tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via the Fox ticket office, 1-855-285-8499, www.foxtheatre.org: $8 until May 31; $10 from June 1 until the day before the movie date; day-of tickets, $12 (plus processing fees).

Exceptions:

  • Tickets for “Young Frankenstein” and “Blazing Saddles” double feature are $15 in advance, $20 day-of. Tickets for ages 65 and up: $8. Tickets for Saturday morning cartoons, $5.
  • “Gone With The Wind” tickets are for reserved seating, $10, $15 and $20 (plus  fees).
  • The “Mary Poppins” sing-a-long tickets, also reserved seating, are $15 between May 9 and the day before the movie showing; day-of, $20.
  • Special Fox guided movie-oriented theater tours will be available prior to the films, allowing guests to visit the projection booth, screening room, celebrity dressing rooms and the stage while learning about the history of the Peachtree Street movie palace and showman William Fox’s innovations. Tour ticket must be purchased as part of a combination movie ticket: $35 (except for “Mary Poppins’ sing-a-long, $40) plus fees.

14 comments Add your comment

W Vance

May 6th, 2014
10:25 am

Just curious about 1 thing. Will the physical
Fox theatre box office be open for any ticket sales?

Howard Pousner

May 6th, 2014
12:10 pm

Yes. The Fox box office will be selling tickets to the Summer Movie Festival.

Brian

May 6th, 2014
1:04 pm

Kudos to the Fox for putting together such an awesome vintage fest. I can see recent movies anywhere but to see these classics in a setting as wonderful and majestic as the Fox is a true experience. Looking forward to bringing my daughter down for a few of these to show her what going to the movies really should be like.

Andy

May 6th, 2014
3:10 pm

To bad Frozen did not make it. What a great sing along for the younger kids and a great way for them to learn about the FOX.

FlaTony

May 6th, 2014
4:05 pm

Who will be the organist this summer?

Liz S.

May 6th, 2014
9:01 pm

Is there a “season pass” available instead of by ticket?

rebekah

May 7th, 2014
12:23 am

I LOVE THE PHILADELPHIA STORY!!! SO EXCITED! GREAT LINEUP

Peter

May 7th, 2014
1:09 am

Will the Fox do a December 15, 2014 Re-Premiere of Gone With The Wind? The Re-Premiere on December 15, 1989 for the 50th was a blast. I would love to do that again.

Howard Pousner

May 7th, 2014
2:06 pm

Efforting to get answers from Fox rep on Peter’s, Liz S.’s and Fla Tony’s questions. Will post as soon as I have…

Paula Bechtler

May 7th, 2014
2:44 pm

GWTW presale tickets were NOT general admission and ranged in price from $10 up to $20 each (I think). Get the presale code on Atlanta History Center’s FB page.

Howard Pousner

May 7th, 2014
2:56 pm

Thanks for noticing my omission in the Fox’s rather involved pricing structure. “Mary Poppins” also is reserved seating, with a different pricing structure. I’ve updated the story to reflect these exceptions.

Howard Pousner

May 8th, 2014
6:52 am

The response from the Fox: “We agree. The 50th anniversary of the Atlanta premiere was certainly an event to remember – due to current scheduling with the Atlanta Ballet, it is unlikely — however no definitive decisions have been made.”

Howard Pousner

May 8th, 2014
6:54 am

The Fox says no, only season tickets available.

Howard Pousner

May 8th, 2014
6:56 am

Other than Atlanta Braves organist Matthwe Kaminski for “Field of Dreams,” an organist(s) has not been determined yet, according to the Fox.