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Paramount Theatre's Summer Film Series kicks off with 1939 classics

This summer, Paramount Theatre will once again light up Congress with the light of Hollywood stars in its Summer Film Series. Running until early September, the downtown theatre will be featuring movies from nearly every genre and age of cinema, from a James Bond line up for Father’s Day to a weekend of musicals to the epic finale with Giant.

Based on L. Frank Baum's 1900 novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."
Based on L. Frank Baum's 1900 novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."MGM

To kick off the summer, Paramount is paying tribute to a year from Hollywood's golden age, 1939. Seventy-five years later, many of the films from that time remain beloved classics. Out of all of the movies made in that year, seven have been chosen to start the summer series:

Each of these movies has a different tie to literature, whether an adaptation of a well-known classic or a failed stage play. But unlike today's films, none of them is based on a comic book superhero. Click on the slideshow to see each film’s literary connection.

To attend any of the screening’s in Paramount’s Summer Film Series, you can purchase:

  • Online advance admission for $12
  • Regular admission at the box office on day of show for $12
  • Film Fan admission at the box office on day of show for $7
  • Flix-Tix Booklet good for any combination of 10 admissions by September 7, 2014 for $50