Film Festival Announces Classic Movie Series

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The Coronado Island Film Festival will launch its 2017 Festival Classic Movie Series on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, February 14, with the award-winning film, “Dirty Dancing,” set to screen at 5 p.m. in the Village Theatre. All tickets are $5 and are on sale now at the theatre box office. The 1987 film, which celebrates its 30th anniversary at select cinemas nationwide this month, takes place at a Catskills mountain resort in 1963. It tells the story of the innocent 17-year-old “Baby” (Jennifer Grey), who, traveling with her parents, meets the worldly-wise dance instructor, Johnny (Patrick Swayze). Baby soon becomes Johnny’s pupil in dance and in love. The film’s 12 awards include both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song for the haunting “I’ve Had the Time of My Life.” “This is the all-time great date film,” says festival executive director Doug St. Denis, “so bring your Valentine, hold hands, and then dance your way down the avenue for dinner.” “We are beyond pleased to be able to offer this exciting classic film series to the community,” adds festival CEO Mary Sikes. “It’s made possible by the generosity of our sponsor Lance Alspaugh of Vintage Cinema’s Village Theatres, and of course our wonderful Major Sponsor, the City of Coronado.” The series, a spinoff and legacy of former Mayor Casey Tanaka’s popular “Mayor’s Movie of the Month,” will offer an “oldie but goodie” every month. All films are restored studio digital hard drives, will include informative introductions (and some fun surprises!), and will cost a mere $5 per ticket. Films on the March-November schedule will screen at 5 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month and include classics “ET” (Mar. 29), “Gigi” (Apr. 26), “Chinatown” (May 31), “Giant” (June 28), “The Graduate” (July 26), “To Kill a Mockingbird” (Aug. 30), “Cover Girl” (Sept. 27), “Back to the Future” (Oct. 25), and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (Nov. 29). A special holiday showing of “Miracle on 34th Street” is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m.  Alspaugh adds that the theatre’s traditional Christmas Eve showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life” will continue as it has in past years. Terry Curtin, festival board member and Head of Publicity at DreamWorks Animation, comments, “This is wonderful! What a fabulous lineup. Please encourage parents to bring their age-appropriate kids; these films will inspire a whole new generation of film lovers!”