March movies at the Orpheum Theater
Mark your calendars this March because the IVCCD Orpheum Theater Center, 220 E. Main St., will be showing six films this month that everyone can enjoy, from documentaries to children’s tales and war films. This month brings you a murder mystery with a live action cop coupled with a cartoon rabbit, an orphan musical prodigy, and a classic British-American war film.
Tickets are just $4 each; the box office opens one hour before show time. The concession stand offers popcorn and all your favorite sweets, plus the delicious Orpheum mini cookies.
This March starts off with the 1988 fantasy comedy film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit , directed by Robert Zemeckis. The film, based on Gary K. Wolf’s novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit?, combines live action and animation and depicts a world in which cartoon characters interact directly with human beings. Bob Hoskins plays a private detective who is out to prove a cartoon rabbit’s innocence when he is accused of murder. Showtimes are Friday, March 1, at 7 pm; Saturday, March 2, at 2 pm and 7 pm; and Sunday, March 3, at 2 pm.
The second movie of the month is The Guns of Navarone , a 1961 British-American action/adventure film based on the novel of the same name by Alistair MacLean about the Dodecanese Campaign of WWII. Starring Gregory Peck, James Robertson, Justice David Niven and Anthony Quinn, the film follows the efforts of an Allied commando team to destroy a German fortress that threatens Allied naval ships in the Aegean Sea. Showtimes are Friday, March 8, at 7 pm; Saturday, March 9, at 2 pm and 7 pm; and Sunday, March 10, at 2 pm.
The middle of March brings you The Secret of Nimh, a 1982 animated film directed by Don Bluth about a mouse that seeks the aid of super-intelligent rats to save her ill son. The fascinating animated film is at times very dark, and is considered one of Bluth’s best works. Showtimes are Friday, March 15, at 7 pm; Saturday, March 16, at 2 pm and 7 pm; and Sunday, March 17, at 2 pm.
On Thursday, March 21, the Orpheum Theater Center will feature a special showing of The Last Wright , an American documentary film about the Park Inn Hotel, the only surviving hotel designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Meticulously researched and filmed over a seven-year period, the film is the only video record of the distressed condition of the hotel. Through rare archival footage, period music and a comparative look at famous Wright structures, this documentary offers a provocative, ironic tapestry of an American century, tracing the life, death and rebirth of a Midwest town through the prism of the Park Inn. Showtime is at is at 7 pm for this special showing and admission is $7.
Oliver! is a 1968 British musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist, starring Ron Moody and Oliver Reed. Showtimes are Friday, March 22, at 7 pm; Saturday, March 23, at 2 pm and 7 pm; and Sunday, March 24, at 2 pm.
The final film of the month is August Rush , a 2007 drama film starring Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Robin Williams, and Terrence Howard. Deciding to run away to New York City, a musical prodigy Evan Taylor begins to unravel the mystery of who he is. Showtimes are Friday, March 29, at 7 pm; Saturday, March 30, at 2 pm and 7 pm; and Sunday, March 31, at 2 pm.
For access to the monthly movie schedule at the Orpheum Movie Theater, go to www.ivotc.com or call the Orpheum Theater Center Movie Hotline at 641-844-5907. The Orpheum Theater Center is administered by Iowa Valley Community College District.