Returning to the classics — Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre began month-long 80s film fest

The Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre kicked off its month-long festival of films from 1987 Tuesday with a screening of “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.”

The centre will show a total of five films from that year, said Jamie Hill, Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre Operations Director.

At 7 p.m. every Tuesday in May, viewers of all ages can enjoy screenings of classic films for a price of $5, Hill said.

“This is the third year that we have hosted a film series focusing on films from the 1980s,” Hill said. “In 2015, we featured films released in 1985, in 2016 we featured films released in 1986.”

Upcoming films include “Overboard” May 9 , “Raising Arizona” May 16, “Robocop” on the May 23 and “Spaceballs” closing out the series May 30.

Hill said they chose to screen these films because of audience feedback from polling and from the historical theater’s film committee.

Their debut film for the festival, “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” is a comedy that depicts a man traveling home for Thanksgiving, played by Steve Martin, and his obnoxious sales companion, played by John Hughes.

“Raising Arizona,” tells the story of the McDonnough couple, an ex-con and ex-cop, raising another family’s child. The couple consists of Nicolas Cage as the ex-con and Holly Hunter as the ex-cop.

The fest will take a PG-rated break with its third film, screening “Overboard,” a romantic comedy about a woman, Joanna Stayton, who fails to pay her carpenter, Dean Proffit, while on her yacht. Stayton is played by Goldie Hawn while Proffitt is played by Kurt Russell.

“Robocop,” depicts a crime-fighting robot, ED-209, played by Peter Weller. Weller’s character, who coined the future of law enforcement, runs into some technical errors as he cleans the crime-ridden streets of a dystopian Detroit.

The festival comes to a close with “Spaceballs,” a science fiction parody of the film trilogy, “Star Wars.” Packed with satirical political commentary, the film tells the story of the evil leaders of planet Spaceballs’ plan to attack the planet Druidia. The film features Mel Brooks, Ronny Graham and Thomas Meehan.

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PJ Graves

05.06.2017 - Reply

Loved “Planes, Trains and Automobiles!” One of John Candy’s best! He’s starting to be forgotten which is so sad.

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