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Classic cinema sizzles with special screenings this summer

Whether you appreciate the summer heat or prefer an air-conditioned escape, the city and suburbs provide indoor and outdoor screenings with comfy spots for all to enjoy classic films.

Outdoor Screenings
As part of Millennium Park’s Summer Film Series, there will be a free screening of the 1954 movie Brigadoon starring Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse and preview of Goodman Theatre’s reival production of the musical at 6:30 p.m.on July 29 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion on 201 E. Randolph Street. For more information, visit www.millenniumpark.org.

Northwestern University will show free movies at 9 p.m. on the east lawn of Norris Center at 1999 Campus Drive in Evanston, starting with the 1993 Harold Ramis classic Groundhog Day on July 2. The series celebrates the 30th anniversary of Ivan Reitman’s Ghostbusters with a screening on July 9, followed by a Frozen – Sing-A-Long for animated kids on July 16 while Elia Kazan’s 1954 film On the Waterfront starring Marlon Brando in his first Oscar-winning role is bound to attract adults on July 23. Alan Taylor’s 2013 epic Thor: The Dark World also screens on July 30. For more information, visit www.norris.northwestern.edu/summer/ or call 847-491-2350. For information related to the Motion Picture Association of America ratings, visit www.mpaa.org/film-ratings/.

In Glen Ellyn, the 2014 Starlight Movie Series starts on July 17 with a screening of Pixar’s Up, followed by Steven Spielberg 1982 classic ET, The Extra Terrestrial on July 24. The John Landis favorite The Blues Brothers starring John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd shows on July 31, with 1984’s Ghostbusters closing the series on August 7. Movies begin at 8:30 p.m. For more information about the free film series, visit www.AtTheMAC.org.

Indoor Screenings
Chicago’s Music Box Theatre kicks off its two-week Son of 70mm Film Festival in July (11-24) with epics from 1962’s Lawrence of Arabia by David Lean to 2012’s The Master by Paul Thomas Anderson. The historic cinema will also screen Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958), Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Franklin J. Schaffner’s Patton (1970), Steven Lisberger’s Tron (1982) and other 70-mm favorites at its space on 3733 N. Southport Avenue. For a full lineup, visit www.musicboxtheatre.com.