Walton Arts Center has added titles to the Saturday Cinema lineup for October and a special screening Nov. 1 in honor of NWA Hispanic Heritage Month.
The two movies presented on Saturday, Oct. 17 tell different stories about the immigrant experience. The Sun is Also a Star, a modern love story, will be screened at 2 p.m. Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles, a documentary that explores the Broadway musical, will be screened at 7 p.m. Tickets for each film are $10.
The next weekend, films will center around Alfred Hitchcock and the horror genre. The 2 p.m. screening will show Mel Brooks’ High Anxiety, a comedic roast of the horror genre (including Hitchcock themes). Then, at 7 p.m. get ready for a suspense-filled evening with Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. This is a rare opportunity to see classic movies on the big screen for just $10 each, according to a press release.
Halloween day will start with Hocus Pocus at 2 p.m. for $10 and end with Rocky Horror Picture Show at 8 p.m. for $15. Dress in costume and bring your own props or purchase a prop bag when you arrive for just $10. Visit waltonartscenter.org for a list of approved props for this screening.
Tickets to these films are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 479-443-5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.
Free screenings of Coco, presented in partnership with the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce in celebration of NWA Hispanic Heritage Month, will be Sunday, Nov. 1. The film will be screened at 1 p.m. in English and again at 6 p.m. in Spanish. Stay tuned for ticket reservation information.
While large-scale performances are suspended through the end of 2020, smaller-scale intermission programming, including Saturday Cinema, is made possible in part by the Ghost Light Recovery Fund, according to a WAC press release.
Films will be screened in Baum Walker Hall, providing adequate social distance between patron groups. Walton Arts Center has additional health and safety precautions in place that have been approved by the Arkansas Department of Health.
Masks are required and cashless concessions will be available. For details about all health and safety protocols for these and future movie screenings at Walton Arts Center visit www.waltonartscenter.org.
About the Films:
The Sun is Also a Star
College-bound romantic Daniel Bae and Jamaica-born pragmatist Natasha Kingsley meet—and fall for each other—over one magical day amidst the fervor and flurry of New York City. With just hours left on the clock in what looks to be her last day in the U.S., Natasha is fighting against her family’s deportation as fiercely as she’s fighting her budding feelings for Daniel, who is working just as hard to convince her they are destined to be together. A modern-day story about finding love against all odds that explores whether our lives are determined by fate or the random events of the universe.
Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles
This is the first in-depth documentary film that chronicles the story of Fiddler on the Roof, exploring the unexpected richness of its themes as well as its long reach across time and cultures. Fiddler on the Roof is the story of immigrants and refugees trying to escape persecution in their homeland, of Jewish immigrants coming to America, of the fraying of tradition, generational tension and the loss of roots. It is a universal tale of fathers, daughters, mothers and sons trying to maintain some order in their lives amidst the rapid changes that every generation must forge. It is a spectacle that is at once awe-inspiring and accessible and a cultural landmark like no other. More than ever, it is relevant to today. And yet, the story of how this treasure came to be and the significance it has had on our culture has never been told on film until now.
Just after becoming the director of the Psychoneurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous, Dr. Richard H. Thorndyke (Mel Brooks) is greeted by a series of mysterious events. When his colleagues — including the militaristic and mustachioed Nurse Diesel (Cloris Leachman) — become leery of his questions, they accuse him of murder. Thorndyke’s own mental health comes into question as he struggles to clear his name in the midst of a crippling bout of a condition known as “high anxiety.”
The Birds is a 1963 American natural horror-thriller film produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Loosely based on the 1952 story of the same name by Daphne du Maurier, it focuses on a series of sudden and unexplained violent bird attacks on the people of Bodega Bay, Calif., over the course of a few days.
After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Back for its annual screening! Get ready to sing along with this screamingly funny, sinfully twisted salute to sci-fi, horror, B-movies and rock music – the most popular cult classic of all time.
Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Héctor, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.