Event Cinema Attractions: Your guide to summer's alternative offerings

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Classics, comedy and culture dominate summer 2017’s alternative cinema offerings


May 3 and 7: Names on the Cup

Names on the Cup tells the compelling story of the men that are honored on professional sport's ultimate treasure.

May 6: Smurfs: The Lost Village

Brainy, Clumsy, Smurfette and the rest go on an adventure in this Sensory Friendly screening.

May 6: The LEGO Movie

Everything is awesome in this Family Favorites screening of 2014’s The Lego Movie.

May 6, 8 and 10: Idomeneo

(see Metropolitan Opera Live)

May 10 and 25: The Green Hell

Hannes Michael Schalle’s The Green Hell is the story of the world’s most legendary, demanding and deadly racetrack: the Nürburg Ring.

May 11 and June 24: Obsession

Jude Law stars in the stage production of Obsession, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film.

May 13 and June 17, 19 and 21: Der Rosenkavalier

(see Metropolitan Opera Live)

May 13: Heidi

A story of a young girl living in the Swiss Alps with her goat-herding grandfather.

May 14 and 17: Singin' in the Rain

Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor star in Singin' in the Rain, one of the greatest and most successful musicals ever filmed.

May 15 and 21: Boston: The Documentary

Boston is the first ever feature-length documentary film about the world’s most legendary running race: the Boston Marathon.

May 18 and July 8: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Sonia Friedman Productions presents Imelda Staunton, Conleth Hill, Luke Treadaway and Imogen Poots in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, broadcast live to cinemas from the Harold Pinter Theatre in London.

May 20: Storks

Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Andy Samberg stars in this wild animated journey.

May 20: Twelfth Night

Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity.

May 24 (3D) and 28 (2D): “Raphael—Lord of the Arts”

From the team that brought you “The Vatican Museums,” “Florence and the Uffizi Gallery” and “St. Peter’s and the Papal Basilicas of Rome” comes a captivating portrait of one of the greatest Renaissance artists.

May 27: Trolls

From the creators of Shrek comes DreamWorks Animation's Trolls, a funny and irreverent comedy about the search for happiness.

May 27: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and David Haig star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny, Shakespeare-derived situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London. David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Stoppard’s name overnight.

June 3: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

From visionary director Tim Burton and based upon the best-selling novel comes a thrilling and haunting tale.

June 3, 5 and 7 and July 7: Eugene Onegin

(see Metropolitan Opera Live)

June 4 and 7: The Godfather

The multi-generational, Oscar-winning crime saga The Godfather is a touchstone of cinema.

June 10 and 11: Peter Pan

All children, except one, grow up… Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of J.M. Barrie’s much-loved tale screens in cinemas. Sally Cookson directs this inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.

June 10: A Dog's Purpose

The soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.

June 14 and 18: “Michelangelo: Love and Death - Exhibition on Screen”

To coincide with a new exhibition at the National Gallery of London, this film offers a full and fresh biography of Michelangelo, considered one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance.

June 17: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

This ’20s-set adventure returns us to the wizarding world created by Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling.

June 19: Resident Evil: Vendetta

Thirdinstallment in the popular CG animated film franchise, with an exclusive introduction from the cast and behind-the-scenes footage.

June 22 and July 15: Salomé

This charged retelling turns the infamous Biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the center of a revolution. Broadcast live from the stage of London’s National Theatre.

June 24: The Muppet Movie

Jim Henson's Muppets made their film debut in this charming story that chronicles their rise to fame.

June 25 and 28: “British Museum Presents: Hokusai”

Ultra HD filming and stunning close-ups reveal the extraordinary detail in the work of Katsushika Hokusai, Japan's greatest artist.

July 6 and 9: Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical!

Seize the day with a presentation of the Tony Award-winning Disney musical.

July 16 and 19: Some Like It Hot

Two down-on-their-luck jazz musicians (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) masquerade as members of an all-girl band, leading to romantic complications when one falls for the band’s lead singer, played by Marilyn Monroe in one of her most iconic performances.

July 20 and August 5: Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches

July 27 and August 12: Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika

In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex. Andrew Garfield stars in this new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award-winning two-part play, directed by Olivier and Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott.

August 13 and 16: North by Northwest

Cary Grant teams with director Alfred Hitchcock for the fourth and final time in this superlative espionage caper.



May 2: Jonah: On Stage!

Filmed in front of a live audience at Sight & Sound Theatres in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Jonah: On Stage! brings to life the journey of a lovable yet stubborn prophet. This spectacular production features massive sets and a breathtaking underwater scene featuring a huge 40-foot whale.

May 3: American Wrestler: The Wizard

In this inspiring tale based on true events, 17-year-old Ali Jahani is a newcomer to a small California town, where he stands out as different in an unwelcoming community. Rejected by everyone but determined to fit in, he joins the school’s floundering wrestling team and becomes a hero.

May 3: I Am Heath Ledger

Feature-length documentary celebrating the life of the magnetic young actor who won a posthumous Oscar for The Dark Knight.

May 6: Canelo vs. Chavez Jr.

Living up to its billing as the biggest fight of 2017, the Cinco de Mayo showdown between two-division world champion Canelo Alvarez and former WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. will broadcast live from Las Vegas.

May 7 and 10: Saturday Night Fever

The all-new director’s cut celebrates the 40th anniversary of the iconic film that catapulted John Travolta to superstardom.

May 11: Obsession

(see Cineplex Events)

May 13 and 17: Der Rosenkavalier

(see Metropolitan Opera Live)

May 14 and 17: The Fifth Element

Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich and Gary Oldman star in acclaimed director Luc Besson's outrageous sci-fi adventure.

May 21 and 24: Smokey and the Bandit

Tear up the highway with the Bandit (Burt Reynolds), a fun-loving, fast-talking trucker who takes on his craziest haul yet: delivering 400 cases of beer from Texarkana to Atlanta in just 28 hours.

May 23: In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem

From the creators of The Hope and Made in Israel, this docudrama tells the story of Israel’s 55th Paratrooper Brigade and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.

June 4 and 7: The Godfather

(see Cineplex Events)

June 10: 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Every four years, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition brings the world's best pianists to Fort Worth, TX to compete for the coveted Cliburn gold medal. For the first time, the 17-day competition will culminate on the big screen with concerto performances by six finalists, accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and maestro Leonard Slatkin.

June 11 and 14: Some Like it Hot

(see Cineplex Events)

June 15, June 20: RiffTrax Live: Summer Shorts Beach Party

Join “Mystery Science Theater 3000”’s Mike, Kevin and Bill for a hilarious night of educational shorts, broadcast live from the beach party capital of the South: Nashville.

June 19: Resident Evil: Vendetta

(see Cineplex Events)

June 25 and 26: My Neighbor Totoro

Fathom Events’ Studio Ghibli Fest kicks off with one of the studio’s most iconic films (and characters) in this family classic from legendary director Hayao Miyazaki, featuring a family of Totoros, gigantic but gentle bear-like forest spirits that can only be seen by children.

July 18: Shark Week 2017

“Shark Week,” makes waves in movie theatres with a “Best Of” episode from “Shark Week 2016” and a special episode of “Shark Week 2017” ahead of its television debut on Discovery Channel.

July 20 and August 5: Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches

July 27 and August 12: Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika

(see Cineplex Events)

July 23 and 24: Kiki’s Delivery Service

From famed Studio Ghibli, a beloved coming-of-age story of a resourceful young witch who uses her broom to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of self-doubt.

July 30 and August 2: Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Written by Cameron Crowe, this hilarious portrait of 1980s American teen life features the film debuts of future stars Nicolas Cage and Forest Whitaker, plus decade-defining music from The Go-Go's, Oingo Boingo and The Cars.

August 13 and 16: Bonnie and Clyde

Bank robbers Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) and Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) capture the attention of an entire country as they try to elude law enforcement in this 1967 crime classic.

August 17 and 24: RiffTrax Live: Doctor Who: The Five Doctors

The Doctor is in the house! The RiffTrax house, that is. The stars of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” return to the big screen to riff on the 1983 “Doctor Who” film The Five Doctors.

August 27 and 28: Castle in the Sky

Rollicking Studio Ghibli adventure about a young girl with a mysterious crystal pendant, who falls out of the sky and into the arms and life of young mechanic Pazu. Together they search for Laputa, the floating island in the sky and site of a long-dead civilization promising enormous wealth and power to those who can unlock its secrets.


May 6, 8 and 10 (Canada): Idomeneo

Mozart’s first operatic masterpiece returns to the Met in the classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production, conducted by James Levine.

June 3, 5 and 7 (Canada): Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky’s setting of Pushkin’s timeless verse novel is presented on the Met stage in Deborah Warner’s moving production, starring Anna Netrebko and Peter Mattei as the lovestruck Tatiana and the aristocratic Onegin.

May 13 and 17; June 17, 19 and 21 (Canada): Der Rosenkavalier

The dream cast of Renée Fleming and Elina Garanca star in Strauss’ grandest opera. In his new production, Robert Carsen places the action at the end of the Habsburg Empire, underscoring the opera’s subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt and red damask.



April 26: Kabaneri: The Iron Fortress

During the Industrial Revolution, mankind is threatened by a sudden emergence of undead monsters who can only be killed by piercing their heart through an iron plate. Those bitten become one of them. The Hinomoto people built fortress stations and barricaded themselves inside. Only steam locomotives, the Hayajiros, can travel between them. This is the first entry in Screenvision’s new partnership with anime company Crunchyroll.

May 31: I Killed JFK

On the anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday, the conspiracy theories still rage on as to how and why he was killed. I Killed JFK reveals the untold story of the only person in history who has ever confessed to killing the President, featuring never-before-seen analysis and footage. 



From April 29: Love’s Labour’s Lost

SpectiCast presents the Stratford Festival production of Shakespeare’s classic coming-of-age story, helmed by Tony and Olivier Award-winning director John Caird.