February Films at the Harris Theater

Have you found yourself wanting to go to the movies, but can’t find a new release that interests you? The Harris Theater is ready to solve that problem with a wide selection of films dating all the way back to the beginning of cinema. The theater even has a 35 mm projector that they often use for older films. Take a chance on a movie you couldn’t have seen in theaters because you weren’t even born yet! Or, choose an indie-style, newly released film that is not being shown by major theater chains. Whatever you end up seeing, you’ll sit back in style with a bag of freshly popped popcorn and a refreshing drink in your cup holder.

It Happened One Night (1934)

The Harris Theater celebrates the 100th anniversary of Columbia Pictures with some of the company’s first films. In this first film to win all five major Oscars, Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable act as Ellie and Peter, a wealthy heiress in a scandalous marriage and an out-of-work newspaperman who sees Ellie’s situation as the story to revive his career. Directed by Frank Capra (he also create Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life), there’s humor and whimsy in this wonderful film, as well as performances by two Hollywood legends.

Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animation

Are you ready to put your Oscar predictions to the test? The Harris Theater is featuring all the animated 2024 Oscar nominated shorts in one sitting. You’ll even get a ballot to predict your winner for a chance to win a prize package. The showing includes shorts Letter to a Pig, Ninety-Five Senses, Our Uniform, Pachyderme, and War is Over! Inspired by the Music of John and Yoko.

Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action

Keep the award season spirit going with another showcase of Oscar nominees. This time the Harris Theater is showing all of the live action shorts with another predictability competition. Catch short films The After, Invincible, Knight of Fortune, Red, White, and Blue, and The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

Oscar Nominated Shorts: Documentary 

You might as well see all the nominees this year, so finish the Oscar nominated shorts series with documentaries. Many of these films show inspiring stories from diverse voices around the world. Pick your final winner for one last chance to win after viewing the documentaries The ABCs of Book Banning, The Barber of Little Rock, Island in Between, The Last Repair Shop, Nai Nai & Wài Pó.

Boyz N the Hood (1991)

In honor of Black History Month, come see John Singleton’s extraordinary film debut—at the age of twenty-three—based on the director’s own experience of growing up in South Central Los Angeles. Starring famous faces Cuba Gooding Jr., Regina King, Angela Bassett, and Ice Cube, watch the film that paved the way for African American directors of today. 

Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

You’re sure to recognize many of the stars in this neo-noir mystery-thriller taking place in the 1940s. The film’s social commentary has been recognized as an achievement of ‘90s Black Hollywood. It follows Easy Rawlins (Denzel Washington), a decorated WWII hero, trying to get by in segregated America. After losing his job, he ends up working as a detective on the trail of a missing white woman (Jennifer Beals) who is thought to be hiding somewhere in LA’s black community.

Story by Kylie Thomas

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