Welcome to your Triangle Area Classic Cinema Guide, August 2017 edition! July 2017 saw tons of stellar flicks hit North Carolina’s Triangle area. August 2017 promises a similar trend. Friday evenings, Durham’s Carolina Theatre hosts a slew of retro goodies. A pair of 1950’s comedies starring Alec Guinness, “The Lavender Hill Mob” and “The Man in the White Suit,” hit the big screen on August 4. The following week in lieu of a Retro Film Series entry, Carolina Theatre of Durham hosts the 2017 North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. The 2017 North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Fest runs August 10 to August 13.
On Friday, August 18, the Retro FIlm Series returns with a Western double feature in “Pale Rider” followed by “True Grit.” Then to close out the month, there’s a spectacular sci-fi pairing of “Forbidden Planet” with “The Green Slime.” Tickets are just $9 total, and the movies start at 7(ish).
In Raleigh, August 2017 promises a load of awesomeness thanks to Ambassador Cinemas. For its Monday at the Movies feature, August 2017 sees “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial”at the box office on August 21. For its August 2017 Cinema Overdrive, get ready for Wes Craven’s haunting 1977 gem “The Hills Have Eyes” back on the big screen.
Also in Raleigh, August 2017 continues the outdoor summer movie series at the North Carolina Museum of Art. The NCMA screens a smattering of films in August 2017, starting with “Lion” on Friday, August 4. Then Saturday, August 5, “Hidden Figures” steps into the spotlight. Animated hit “Kubo and the Two Strings” plays on August 11, with one of 2016’s best films “Moonlight” on August 18. Then, get jazzed up for a tale as old as time with a screening of the live-action “Beauty and the Beast” on August 26.
Outdoor movies in Chapel Hill run through September as well with Movies by Moonlight at Southern Village. August 5, watch 2017’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast,” then tune into “Power Rangers” on August 11. August 12, revisit the original “Shrek,” and on August 19, see the wonderful “Wonder Woman.” “Despicable Me 3” plays on August 26 to close out the month.
It might not technicallyRaleigh Road Outdoor Theatre be the Triangle area, but NC’s best drive-in (and arguably the country’s best drive-in), , throws is back with back-to-old-school classic movie nights. Flicks air at 8:30 on Wednesday nights this August 2017. The fun kicks off with “Grease” on August 2, followed by “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” on August 9. “E.T.” screens August 16, and classic “The Breakfast Club” gets detention on August 23. “Twister” swirls onto the big screen on August 30 which should be delightful considering the memorable drive-in scene within the 1987 flick.
Flashback Cinema continues the retro movie awesomeness with its August 2017 lineup. “Footloose” dances back into action on August 2. Then, check out “Top Gun” on August 6 and 9. “Jurassic Park” chomps its way into theatres on August 13 and 19. Then, “Smokey and the Bandit” races into box offices on August 20 and 23. Finally, “Airplane!” flies onto the big screen with August 27 and 30 showings. You can catch Flashback Cinema screenings as Chapel Hill at Silverspot as well as Park West 14 in Morrisville, and Wakefield 12 in Raleigh.
Fathom Events airs classic films as well in select theatres. “Bonnie and Clyde” blaze into action on August 13 and 16. In what promises to be one of the best events of August 2017, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” hits in 3D on August 25. In all fairness, Arnie did say he’d be back.