Cinema at the Square 2018 includes ‘The Fugitive,’ ‘Casablanca,’ ‘Sunset Boulevard,’ ‘Cool Runnings’

“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”

“It may be normal, darling; but I’d rather be natural.”

“I didn’t kill my wife.”

“You think you hate it now, but wait till you drive it.”

“I am big! It’s the pictures that got small.”

“I’d like to think that the last thing that went through his head, other than that bullet, was to wonder how the hell Andy Dufresne ever got the best of him.”

Those are all quotes from movies that will be part of the just-announced 21st annual Cinema at the Square, Playhouse Square’s series of classic film screenings in its Connor Palace during the month of August. If you have trouble matching them all, they are, in order, “Casablanca,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “The Fugitive,” “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” “Sunset Boulevard” and, of course, “The Shawshank Redemption.”

The other movies that will be shown are “The Red Shoes,” “Cool Runnings,” “Goldfinger,” “The Spy Who Loved Me,” “Hook,” “Hocus Pocus” and “An American in Paris.” A few films, including “The Fugitive” and “Cool Runnings,” will be making their Cinema at the Square debuts this year.

Cinema at the Square aims to re-create the experience of going to the movies from a time gone by. From a Playhouse Square news release:

Now in its twenty-first year, Cinema at the Square recreates the nostalgic movie-going experience of the 1950s and ’60s when the Connor Palace was one of Downtown Cleveland’s premier movie theaters. All screenings feature classic movie theater concessions, pre-show cartoons & shorts, and popular music on our restored 1928 Kimball organ performed by members of the Western Reserve Theatre Organ Society. Each film is shown on a massive 20-foot-high -by-47-foot-wide screen using an original 35 mm reel-to-reel projector operated by a skilled projectionist. And to top it off, even the ticket prices are retro at just $5 per person.

Here’s more detailed ticket info from the release: General adult admission is $5 per film. Students with valid ID, seniors and children under 12 years old are admitted for $4 per ticket. Flix Tix Passes, good for six films of your choice, are available for $15 (50 percent off regular price). Tickets are available at the Playhouse Square Ticket Office, by phone at 216- 241-6000 and at playhousesquare.org/cinema. Groups of 10 or more may call 216-640-8600 for a group discount.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, the feature presentation — the complete schedule:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3


Mark Meszoros has never seen “Cool Runnings” and is hoping to do something about that Aug. 4. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros. Image credit: Metro Creative Connection.

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