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Summer movie madness


Find this year’s latest flicks
with our Summer Movie Guide.

batman beginsPut down “The Da Vinci Code.” Step away from “Blink.”

We know summer isn’t about catching up on your reading. It’s about movies.

And if you’re lucky, free movies.

By now, you’ve been through “The Break-Up” and X-coriated the “X-Men” sequel. But we’ve got a deal for you.

Great movies, great venues. All listed here.

Updated with more movies at the Alabama …

Updated with the 1970s American Film Retrospective …

Updated with African Film Festival …

Updated with Sundown Cinemas in Helena …

Set your calendars

We have all the movies listed below, by venue. But if you prefer a calendar, check out these options.

summer movie calendar

(The Google user format is pretty cool, allowing you to set up your own calendar. All you have to do is register for free access.

And if you still need a Gmail account, contact me with your current e-mail address and I’ll send you a free invite.)

Alabama Theatre Summer Film Series

$6, $5 for senior citizens and children under age 12. 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. (Mighty Wurlitzer starts at 7 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.) [map | event details (PDF)]

alabama theatre

  • June 30-July 2: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”
    The 1971 version with a weirded-out Gene Wilder. “I want an Oompa Loompa now!”
  • July 7-9: “Casablanca”
    You must remember this: It contains the most misquoted line in movie history. It’s actually, “Play it, Sam.” (God, we’re geeks.)
  • July 14-16: “Gone with the Wind”
    OK, we’ve sat through it too many times at the Alabama to take it again. But we still love the burning of Atlanta.
  • July 21-22: “The Sound of Music”
    Christopher Plummer reportedly called it “The Sound of Mucus.” We’d roam the school singing, “The halls are alive with the sound of Morgan …” (Two non sequiturs for the price of one.)
  • July 28-29: “Singin’ in the Rain”
    Since we still haven’t watched it on Mike’s DVD, now’s our chance to see Gene Kelly do his thing on the big screen.
  • Aug. 4-6: “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
    No time to argue. Throw us idol, we’ll throw you the whip!
  • Aug. 11-13: “North by Northwest”
    Time to brush up our Hitchcock. It’s the one with the plane and the cornfield, right?

alabama theatre

The Alabama also has special children’s matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays. $5.

The Alabama will show silent movies at 2 p.m., with accompaniment by the Mighty Wurlitzer. Free.

Free Friday Flicks in Homewood Park

Free. Feature starts at sunset. [map | event details]

free friday flicks

McWane Center IMAX Theater

$9, $8 for members, senior citizens age 65 and older and children age 12 and under. [map | event details]


  • June 30-July 28: “Poseidon”
    We’re excited about feature films in IMAX, we really are. But “Poseidon”? Not if our mother’s eyes depended on it.

Movies by Moonlight in Linn Park

Free. Starts at sunset. [map | event details]

movies by moonlight

  • Thursday: “Big Fish”
    Local author made good. Plus, Obi-Wan fights a witch and the Chinese.
  • July 20: “Drumline”
    In case any black folk wanna see a movie with, you know, black folk in it.
  • Aug. 17: “Raising Arizona”
    An absurd delight. “Son, you got a panty on your head.”
  • Sept. 21: “Napoleon Dynamite”
    Please, please stop quoting this movie to us.
  • Oct. 19: Viewers’ choice


Birmingham Peace Project

Free. Series of films from 3-6 p.m. Saturday at the Birmingham Islamic Society. Dessert and coffee provided. Hat tip to the Locust Fork. [map | event details]

Surrealist Film Series at Rojo

Free. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Part of Surrealist Film Series, presented by the Mont Rouge Film Society. [map | event details]

1970s American Film Retrospective at Rojo

Free. 7 p.m. Tuesdays. [map]

African Film Festival at Birmingham Museum of Art

Free. Part of African Family Day. [map | event details]

Sundown Cinemas at Helena Amphitheater

Free. 8 p.m. Fridays. [map | event details]

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2 Yips for “Summer movie madness”

  1. Ginny
    Thursday, June 22, 2006, 10:39 pm

    Your mom goes to college.

  2. Amy
    Friday, April 16, 2010, 2:08 am

    Do you have any chapstick? My lips hurt real bad.

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