Summer Movie Preview '17: Kids movies, classics and more
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By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer
New blockbusters aren't the only films screening in Amarillo this summer. Classic films and kids favorites also are heading to the big screen.
One Amarillo multiplex will offer discounted movies appealing to young audiences.
Regal Cinemas — which operates the United Artists Amarillo Star 14, 8275 W. Amarillo Blvd. — hosts the Summer Movie Express, with movies screening at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays from June 6 to Aug. 2. Admission is $1. Here's the lineup:
- June 6 and 7: Kung Fu Panda 3 and Ice Age: Collision Course
- June 13 and 14: Trolls and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
- June 20 and 21: Monster Trucks and Penguins of Madagascar
- June 27 and 28: Rio 2 and The Boxtrolls
- July 4 and 5: The Secret Lives of Pets and Sing
- July 11 and 12: Kubo and the Two Strings and Ratchet and Clank
- July 18 and 19: The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Sponge Out of Water and The Adventures of Tin Tin
- July 25 and 26: Happy Feet 2 and Cats & Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
- and Aug. 1 and 2: Storks and The Lego Batman Movie
(Cinemark hosts the Summer Movie Clubhouse, a 15-week series of G and PG movies through Sept. 1, but Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive, is not taking part this year.)
Fathom Events and GKids, a distributor of several recent Oscar-nominated animated films (including My Life as a Zucchini and Boy and the World), will team for Studio Ghibli Fest, featuring six acclaimed anime films from the beloved Japanese film studio. Films will screen at Amarillo Star 14. Admission is $13.53, plus tax, for each film, or $60 for all six. English-dubbed versions of the films will screen Sunday afternoons, followed by English-subtitled versions on Monday evenings. The festival begins in June and stretches through November. Here's the schedule:
- My Neighbor Totoro on June 25 and 26
- Kiki's Delivery Service on July 23 and 24
- Castle in the Sky on Aug. 27 and 28
- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind on Sept. 24 and 25
- Spirited Away on Oct. 29 and 30
- and Howl's Moving Castle on Nov. 26 and 27
Turner Classic Movies' Big Screen Classics series with Fathom continues throughout the summer at both Amarillo Star 14 and Hollywood 16. Regular movie admission applies (whether matinee or evening shows). Here's the lineup through August (and the series continues through December, with E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Princess Bride, Casablanca and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner):
- Smokey and the Bandit: 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday
- The Godfather: 2 and 7 p.m. June 4 and 7
- Some Like It Hot: 2 and 7 p.m. June 11 and 14
- Fast Times at Ridgemont High: 2 and 7 p.m. July 30 and Aug. 2
- Bonnie and Clyde: 2 and 7 p.m. Aug. 13 and 16
Relatedly, Cinemark's Classics Series incorporates some of the TCM films with selections of its own. While the TCM films screen twice daily on Sundays and Wednesdays, Cinemark Classics screen at 2 p.m. Sundays and 2 and 7 p.m Wednesdays. Regular movie admission applies (whether matinee or evening shows), and the full package of six films is $30. Here's the lineup (which also includes The Godfather and Some Like It Hot, above):
- El Dorado: 2 p.m. June 18 and 2 and 7 p.m. June 21
- Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?: 2 p.m. June 25 and 2 and 7 p.m. June 28
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: 2 p.m. July 2 and 2 and 7 p.m. July 5
- 9 to 5: 2 p.m. July 9 and 2 and 7 p.m. July 12
Fathom also will screen several other concert films, special engagements and more throughout the summer. Admission prices vary. Here's the lineup (more are likely to be added over the summer; check Fathom's website and our weekly movie roundup on Thursdays for the latest information):
- Jonah: On Stage!: Sight & Sound Theatres in Lancaster, Penn., stages this musical adaptation of the biblical tale of the stubborn prophet's misadventure with a giant whale. It'll encore at 11 a.m. June 3 at the Amarillo Star 14.
- The Cliburn: The six finalists of the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will perform with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and conductor Leonard Slatkin in a live event screening at 11:55 a.m. June 10 at the Amarillo Star 14.
- The K-LOVE Fan Awards: Top Christian artists, athletes, authors and entertainers will be celebrated in this awards show filming May 28 at the Grand Ole Opry and screened at 7 p.m. June 13 at the Amarillo Star 14.
- RiffTrax Live: Summer Shorts Beach Party: The RiffTrax crew is joined by guests Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff (Mystery Science Theatre 3000) and comedian Paul F. Tompkins to poke fun at an assortment of crazy summer-themed short films. It'll screen at 7 p.m. June 15 and 7:30 p.m. June 20 at both the Amarillo Star 14 and Hollywood 16.
- RiffTrax Live: Doctor Who — The Five Doctors: The 1983 Doctor Who 20th anniversary special featuring Peter Davison, Richard Hurndall (subbing for the late William Hartnell), Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker gets the RiffTrax treatment in screenings at 7 p.m. Aug. 17 and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at both the Amarillo Star 14 and Hollywood 16.
Movies are subject to change. Not all Fathom screenings on the company's website will screen in Amarillo. Check our Movie Watch column on Thursdays for the most up-to-date information.