The Indianapolis Museum of Art practically doubles in size with warm weather. The beautiful gardens on the grounds of the IMA and the Oldfields Lilly Mansion are just two examples of sites to enjoy during nice weather at the IMA. With summer at this Indianapolis museum comes the Summer Nights Film Series, a popular “bring your own picnic” event each Friday of summer (June through August). The Indianapolis Museum of Art recently announced the thirteen films in this year’s Summer Nights Film Series. Each Friday night film is sure to attract varied audiences, as the IMA strives to create a line up that will appeal to their wide base of Indianapolis people. Choose your favorite, put it in your calendar, pack a picnic and grab some friends!
Each Friday night in Summer the IMA’s amphitheater on the west side of this Indianapolis art museum is illuminated by an outdoor film. Since its debut in 1976, the IMA’s Summer Nights Film Series has grown to be a popular Indianapolis event for IMA patrons. Over the years, the IMA has hosted more than 270 screenings of films ranging from black and white classics to modern hits. This Summer, the IMA features films from six different decades, hoping to provide a night for all of the Indianapolis community to enjoy! Read on for your Summer Nights Film Series preview.
This recent release from famed theatrical director Julie Taymor is a fantastical journey through the timeless music of The Beatles. Set to the backdrop of the turbulent 1960s, the stories of several characters are weaved together in a web of music, dance, stunning visual and dialogue. Starring Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson and T. V. Carpio; with cameos from Bono, Eddie Izzard and Selma Hayek.
This 1950s classic stars Hooiser native James Dean as the rebellious teenager who comes to town, meets a girl, disobeys his parents and defies school bullies. This glimpse of the moral decay of American youth also stars Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Nick Adams and Dennis Hopper. This classic film was selected for preservation in 1990 by the United States Library of Congress’s National Film Registry.
A suspense thriller starring Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects takes us on a journey through American neo-noir. In a twisted tale of intrigue, one question remains, “Who is Keyser Soze?” The film also stars Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Pollak and Benicio del Toro.
An adventure comedy film directed by Tim Burton and starring Paul Reubens, title character Pee-wee goes on a daring and dangerous journey about a man’s love for his bicycle. This crazy comedy also stars James Brolin, Morgan Fairchild and Milton Berle.
Based on the novel of the same name, Stella Dallas shares the story of a young woman living in a post World War I Massachusetts factory town as she climbs the social ladder, seeking financial security through marriage. Starring Barbara Stanwyck, John Boles, Anne Shirley and Marjorie Main.
This famed Alfred Hitchcock flick is the epitome of the American suspense film. A tale of mistaken identity leads to an innocent man being chased across the country by agents of a mysterious organization. Starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason the film also features Martin Landau.
The IMA offers a special midnight showing of this cult classic film. In a parody of science fiction and B-movie horror films, a young couple finds themselves stranded at the mansion of a crazed scientist, Dr. Frankenfurter. An all star cast perform hit songs in the film including “Time Warp” and “Sweet Transvestite.” Starring Time Curry, Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon and Meatloaf.
Another midnight showing celebrates this classic British comedy troupe in what is perhaps their most famous film. Monty Python travels back to medieval England for a loose telling of the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they seek the ever elusive Holy Grail. Complete with killer bunnies and African swallows and coconut sound effects, this classic comedy will delight return and first time viewers. Staring John Clease, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Graham Chapman and Michael Palin.
This classic Muppets caper has the whole crew on a trip to the Big Apple. As the gang tries to take their variety show to Broadway, they encounter a whole host of unexpected challenges. Starring Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzy Bear, Gonzo, Animal and more.
August 6, 2010: A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
A comedy written by John Clease and Charles Crichton, this film details a jewel heist gone incredibly wrong. As thieves attempt to steal a large sum of diamonds, they run into more mishaps than expected. Starring Jaimie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin and John Clease.
August 13, 2010: Stand By Me (1986)
This coming of age story shares the final summer four friends experience together as children. With news of a missing person and rumors of a murderer in their midst, these friends set out to find the victim and save the day, but not without being hindered by a few bullies and complications on the way. Directed by Rob Reiner and starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Cory Feldman, Jerry O’Connell and Kiefer Sutherland.
August 20, 2010: LA Confidential (1997)
Crime fiction at its best coincides with the Indianapolis International Film Festival at the IMA. Set against the backdrop of the glamor, grit and noir of 1950s Los Angeles, the film revolves around three LAPD officers caught up in corruption, sex, lies and murder following a multiple homicide at the Nite Owl coffee shop. Starring Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger, Kevin Spacey, Guy Pearce and Danny DeVito.
August 27, 2010: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
An adventure flick set in 1937 rural Mississippi during the Great Depression, the film is a modern satire loosely based on Homer’s Odyssey. Three chain gang escapees set out to find a $1.2 million treasure. Starring George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman and Holly Hunter.
IMA’s Summer Nights Film Series
Don’t miss this Summer tradition at the IMA. Tickets to the Summer Nights Film Series are $30.00 for adults, $25.00 for members of this Indianapolis art museum. For Indianapolis kids ages 7 to 10 tickets are $19.00, for member kids age 7 to 10 tickets are $10.00. For all kids ages 4 to 6, tickets are $10.00. Children under four are admitted for FREE.
Grab dinner to go at any of these Indianapolis restaurants in the nearby Indianapolis cultural district Broad Ripple Village, or pack a picnic of your own. After the films, head back to Broad Ripple for drinks at any of these refreshing Indianapolis bars. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Event and Information on Fun City Finder.com for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis attractions to Indianapolis sports and more. Get out in Indy and find some fun! Make the Circle City your playground!
Summer Nights Film Series
June 4 to August 27, 2010
4000 Michigan Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46208
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