Announcing Our May 2021 Reopening Programming

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Last week we announced plans for a phased reopening, to begin on Thursday, May 13, and now we're thrilled to let you know what films you'll have the chance to see. 

Opening weekends will feature Coolidge favorites that demand to be seen on the big screen, including Do the Right Thing, Vertigo (on 35mm), 2001: A Space Odyssey (also on 35mm), Singin’ in the Rain, Enter the Dragon, Black Narcissus, The Grand Budapest Hotel, 8 ½, and more. The theatre will also be screening the stunning new Pedro Almodóvar short film The Human Voice, starring the peerless Tilda Swinton. The Human Voice will screen as part of a double bill with Almodóvar’s award-winning, cult-classic 1988 comedy Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. In the coming weeks, we will resume screenings of first-run films. A full lineup of films for May is listed below, and tickets will go on sale on Friday, May 7 at 11am

The Coolidge continues to follow the guidelines and standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the voluntary CinemaSafe guidelines developed by the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), and all state and county guidelines. Additionally, to help provide a safer environment throughout the building, the theatre has made significant improvements during its temporary closure, including an upgrade of its HVAC system with high MERV-rated filters and new, state-of-the-art Continuous Infectious Microbial Reduction (CIMR) Systems technology.

“Our reopening lineup is an eclectic mix of Coolidge favorites that we’re incredibly excited to share on our big screen. Film itself has been truly missed over this last year — none of us had access to 35mm prints in our living rooms! — and we can’t wait to welcome our audiences back for some top-notch projection and incredible moviegoing experiences,” said Mark Anastasio, Coolidge Program Manager and Director of Special Programming.

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OPENING WEEKEND: May 13 - 16

Thursday, May 13
Do the Right Thing (1989)
4K restoration! Set on one block of Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy Do or Die neighborhood, at the height of summer, this 1989 masterpiece by Spike Lee confirmed him as a writer and filmmaker of peerless vision and passionate social engagement. 
Runtime: 2h 5m
Get Out (2017)
A defining film of the 2010s and a major hit at the Coolidge, Jordan Peele's Academy Award-winner changed the landscape of modern horror, announcing him as one of the major filmmakers of our generation.
Runtime: 1h 44m

Friday, May 14
Enter the Dragon (1973)
At the height of his stardom in Hong Kong, Bruce Lee was called to Hollywood to make the film that, perhaps more than any other, defines his legacy. His electrifying fighting style and the deeply personal philosophy that guided it received their fullest expression yet in this thrilling tale of a Shaolin fighter who goes undercover to infiltrate an island presided over by a renegade monk turned diabolical criminal mastermind. 
Runtime: 1h 50m
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
One of the Coolidge’s highest-grossing films of all time, Ang Lee’s spectacular, Oscar-winning films is set against 19th-century China's breathtaking landscape, and features stunning martial arts choreography by Yuen Wo Ping (The Matrix).
Runtime: 2h 0m

Saturday, May 15
Top Hat (1935)
35mm print! Dust off your top hat and tails and join us for this delightful musical comedy, featuring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in peak form. When Jerry Travers (Astaire) feels like dancing in the middle of the night, he awakens his downstairs neighbor Dale Tremont (Rogers), and it's love at first sight. But after a classic screwball comedy plot twist, their romance can only be saved by Irving Berlin's vibrant score and some of the most elaborate dance numbers of the era.  
Runtime: 1h 41m
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Wes Anderson brings his dry wit and visual inventiveness to this exquisite caper set amid the old-world splendor of Europe between the world wars. A smash hit when it debuted at the Coolidge in 2014, the film features an all-star ensemble that includes Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe, Jude Law, Harvey Keitel, Jeff Goldblum, Mathieu Amalric, Tilda Swinton, and Bill Murray.
Runtime: 1h 40m

Sunday, May 16
Frances Ha (2013)
Greta Gerwig is radiant as Frances, a woman in her late twenties in contemporary New York trying to sort out her ambitions, her finances, and, above all, her intimate but shifting bond with her best friend, Sophie (Mickey Sumner). Co-written by Gerwig and her partner Noah Baumbach, the film is a sparkling city romance and meditation on friendship that evokes the best of the French New Wave.
Runtime: 86 minutes
The Human Voice (2020) / Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) 
An elegant woman (the peerless Tilda Swinton), a fidgety dog, a chicly furnished apartment, an ax. In this short film – based freely on the stage play by Jean Cocteau and filmed during the pandemic – master auteur Pedro Almodóvar takes a minimalist concept (“a text and an actress”) and experiments like never before. The Human Voice is followed by Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Almodóvar’s multiple award-winning, cult-classic black comedy (based on the same Cocteau play and starring Carmen Maura and Antonio Banderas).
Runtime: 1h 59m (The Human Voice is 30 mins, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is 89 min)

WEEKEND #2: May 20 - 23

Thursday, May 20
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
Catherine Deneuve was launched to stardom by this dazzling musical heart-tugger from Jacques Demy. Exquisitely designed in a kaleidoscope of colors, and told entirely through lilting songs by the great composer Michel Legrand, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is one of the most revered and unorthodox movie musicals of all time.
Runtime: 1h 31m 
Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor combine their talents in one of the greatest big-screen musicals ever made, a two-time Oscar nominee that includes the songs "Good Morning," "Make 'Em Laugh" and the iconic title tune.
Runtime: 1h 43m

Friday, May 21
Black Narcissus (1947)
An explosive work that won Oscars for Alfred Junge's art direction and Jack Cardiff's cinematography, Black Narcissus is one of the greatest achievements by two of cinema’s true visionaries, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. A group of nuns—played by some of Britain’s finest actresses, including Deborah Kerr, Kathleen Byron, and Flora Robson—struggle to establish a convent in the Himalayas, while isolation, extreme weather, altitude, and culture clashes all conspire to drive the well-intentioned missionaries mad. 
Runtime: 1h 42m
Vertigo (1958)
35mm print! Widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, Alfred Hitchcock's peerless psychological thriller follows a San Francisco private detective (James Stewart) hired to follow a woman (Kim Novak) who appears to be haunted by a figure from her ancestral past. Featuring a mesmerizing score, one of many composed for Hitchcock by the prolific Bernard Herrmann.
"A ravishingly beautiful hallucinatory nightmare." - The New Yorker
Runtime: 2h 8m

Saturday, May 22
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
This furiously witty comedy of manners pits the formidable Philadelphia socialite Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn, at her most luminous) against various romantic foils, chief among them her charismatic ex-husband (Cary Grant), who disrupts her imminent marriage by paying her family estate a visit, accompanied by a tabloid reporter on assignment to cover the wedding of the year (James Stewart, in his only Academy Award–winning performance). 
Runtime: 1h 52m
Citizen Kane (1941)
Orson Welles’ debut feature broke all the rules of filmmaking, and was subsequently widely hailed as the greatest movie of all time. Featuring groundbreaking cinematography by Gregg Toland and an ace script, Kane remains grand entertainment, sharply acted and superbly directed with inspired visual flair. 
Runtime: 1h 59m

Sunday, May 23
Beau Travail (1999)
With her ravishingly sensual take on Herman Melville's Billy Budd, Sailor, Claire Denis firmly established herself as one of the great visual tone poets of our time. Denis and cinematographer Agnès Godard fold military and masculine codes of honor, colonialism’s legacy, destructive jealousy, and repressed desire into shimmering, hypnotic images that ultimately explode in one of the most startling and unforgettable endings in all of modern cinema.
Runtime: 1h 32m
8 ½ (1963)
Marcello Mastroianni plays Guido Anselmi, a director whose new project is collapsing around him, along with his life. One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini’s (Otto e mezzo) turns one man’s artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema. An early working title for was The Beautiful Confusion, and Fellini’s masterpiece is exactly that: a shimmering dream, a circus, and a magic act.
Runtime: 2h 20m

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: May 27 - 31
Days and showtimes vary:

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
35mm print! The Ultimate Trip. Adapting Arthur C. Clarke's science fiction short story "The Sentinel", director Stanley Kubrick expanded the scope of the work from a brief inquiry into the existence of life in the universe to a meditation about the development and advancement of intelligence. “Watching a Kubrick film like 2001 is like gazing up at a mountaintop. You look up and wonder, how could anyone have climbed that high?” – Martin Scorsese.
Runtime: 2h 44m

Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982)
Visually spectacular, intensely action-packed and powerfully prophetic, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner helped redefine the science fiction film by offering a vision of the future that remains influential to this day. Harrison Ford stars as Rick Deckard, a retired cop in 2019 Los Angeles who is forced out of retirement to hunt four genetically engineered humans who have come to earth.
Runtime: 1h 57m

Akira (1988)
4K restoration! Akira isn’t just a movie – it’s the genesis of a genre. Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark cyberpunk classic obliterated the boundaries of feature-length animation and forced the world to look into the future. Akira’s arrival shattered traditional thinking, creating space for movies like The Matrix to be dreamed into brutal reality. 
Runtime: 2h 6m

Aliens (1986)
Two decades before James Cameron revolutionized 3-D technology, he ignited the screen with a new take on the Alien saga. Fifty-seven years after Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) first encountered the egg-hatching creatures as a crew member of the Nostromo, she is sent back to planet LV-426 with a marine guard in to to try and figure out what happened to a terraforming colony that had taken up residence on the doomed planet.
Runtime: 2h 17m