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Celebrating the Classics at Celebration! Cinema

Jeannie DeibisBy Jeannie Deibis
Celebration! Cinema Programming Coordinator

Recall the glamour of classical Hollywood, with its leading ladies and charmingly handsome men starring in some of the best movies ever… now, Celebration! Cinema has them on the big screen!

When our local movie reviewer, John Douglas, retired from the Grand Rapids Press about 3 years ago, he brought us an idea about resurrecting a classics series on the big screen. Celebrating the Classics was born. We now run it with a Winter Series (current), a Spring Series (beginning March 2), a Fall Series and a Holiday Series each year.

Celebrating the Classics

This series brings movies in both black and white and dazzling ‘first time’ Technicolor. We show them using our DLP Digital Cinema projectors, on Blu-Ray (if the movie is available in Blu-Ray) or widescreen DVD.

About the Hosts
John introduces each movie to the audience at Celebration! North, and he includes some great trivia and history that usually ties in with an interview with a star or two who appeared in the movie.  We expanded to Lansing last year and Dr. Michael V. Doyle, MSU professor and film historian, introduces our classics there and provides great history and trivia as well.

The series has found a wonderful audience that enjoys the great classics, and the affordable ticket admission, on the big screen in their original splendor.  They meet their friends and family each week and are treated to film trivia and introductions by our hosts.

The Spring Series (beginning March 2 with West Side Story) expands the theatres in the Classics lineup, as it will play at Celebration! Cinema Benton Harbor and Mt. Pleasant!  Showtimes and days remain the same: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30 pm and 5:45 pm.

The Film Lineup
Celebrating the Classics movies generally are chosen utilizing the AFI Best 100 Films list, although we must have permission from the film companies to license their movies, so some are not available to us. We take requests as well and will be launching a new series at our Celebration! Cinema Woodland in late March or early April.  These movies will be more edgy, artsy, diverse – but still fun and worthy!  While we’re still finalizing the lineup, I can say that the original Star Trek and Pee Wee’s Big Adventure are just a couple of those movies hitting Woodland’s big screen in all their awe and wonder this spring.

What movies would you like to see us show for a Celebrating the Classics series?

  1. Lynne Kohon
    March 3, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I am trying to find what classic movies you will have in the month of March but see no listing for that, other than the one shown on March 2. Please advise. Thank you.

  2. Jeremy Bronson
    March 3, 2011 at 3:35 pm


    Thanks for your continued interest in this series! Please visit http://celebrationcinema.com/classics to see the next Celebrating the Classics lineup. After “Way Out West” we will show “Abbott & Costello Meet the Keystone Cops,” and then “Sullivan’s Travels!”

  3. Jeff LeFleur
    December 7, 2012 at 8:13 am

    The Poseidon Adventure

  4. Lynne Popiel
    February 14, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    I have a few movies I would like considered for the Classics
    Lust for LIfe
    The Elephant Man
    Zorba the Greek
    Harry and Tonto
    Blythe Spirit
    Any chance any of these are in future lineups?

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