Classic Movie Night - Refreshing wind of nostalgia blows away summer TV doldrums

Classic Movie Night - Refreshing wind of nostalgia blows away summer TV doldrums

Already hit with, “I can’t find anything to watch on TV?” Tired of Netflix? Can’t find anything at Redbox? Well, have no fear, Classic Movie Night is here.

Every Friday night beginning June 3, you can watch some of the iconic movies of the last 30 years inside the historic Jefferson Theatre (345 Fannin) in downtown Beaumont. Doors open at 6 p.m. and movies will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. There will be beer, wine and other concessions available.

“The Jefferson Theatre Classic Movie Nights are a great experience for everyone,” said Lenny Caballero, director of event facilities for the City of Beaumont. “From ‘The Wizard of Oz’ to ‘Jaws’ to ‘The Godfather’ series, you can enjoy the classics on the big screen in the historic 1927 Jefferson Theatre.”

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Friday, June 3

Comedy, 1h 43min, PG-13


Matthew Broderick, as high school senior Ferris Bueller, skips school with his girlfriend and best friend to spend the day in downtown Chicago as he avoids the principal, his sister and parents. Released in 1986.


Friday, June 10

Thriller, 2h 4min, PG


Directed by Steven Spielberg, Jaws was released in 1975 and is still considered one of the greatest movies of all time. Jaws tells the story of a giant great white shark that attacks summer beachgoers on Amity Island in New England while local police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) tries to hunt it down. Don’t go in the water.

The Godfather

Friday, June 17

Crime drama, 2h 55min, R


Winner of three Academy Awards in 1972, The Godfather stars Marlon Brando (Vito Corleone) and Al Pacino (Michael Corleone) as the leaders of the Corleone crime family in New York. The ageing Vito transfers the power to his son Michael, with the story spanning from 1945-55.

The Godfather, Part II

Friday, June 24

Crime drama, 3h 22min, R


Winner of six Oscars including Best Picture, the 1974 film is both the prequel and sequel to The Godfather covering the journey of Vito Corleone to America and the rise of the new don, Michael.

Top Gun

Friday, July 1

Action drama, 1h 50min, PG


Tom Cruise stars as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell who, along with pal Nick “Goose” Bradshaw, gets the chance to train at the Navy’s Fighter Weapons School in San Diego. The 1986 film also stars Val Kilmer and Kelly McGillis.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Friday, July 8

Action adventure, 1h 55min, PG


Released in 1981, this four-time Academy winner was one of the highest grossing films of its time. Steven Spielberg directs stars Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, an archaeologist and adventurer hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.

Pretty Woman

Friday, July 15

Comedy romance, 1h 59, R


Listed as the No. 1 romantic comedy with more than $463 million at the box office, Pretty Woman stars Richard Gere as a successful Los Angeles businessman who hires an escort (Julia Roberts) to attend social events with him, leading to love.

Forrest Gump

Friday, July 22

Drama, 2h 22mins, R


The 1994 epic stars Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump, a slow-witted athletic Alabama man who is a kind-hearted soul witnessing some of the most century from 1944-82. Oh, and he loves a girl named Jenny.

Toy Story

Friday, July 29

Animated, 1h 21min, G


The first feature-length computer-animated film released by Disney and produced by Pixar in 1995 that features the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen. A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy’s room.

Cokinos film’s local premier

A special treat is in store for Saturday, June 11, at the Jefferson as Beaumont native Katie Cokinos will premiere her award-winning film I Dream Too Much at 7:30 p.m.

Written and directed by Cokinos, the film is a coming of age story about a high-spirited young girl, Dora, who finds herself back at home after college and feeling inwardly “plain and small.” While her mother dreams of Dora going to law school, Dora dreams hopelessly of jetting to Brazil with her best friend. In order to escape her overbearing mom, Dora volunteers to care for her formidable great aunt, Vera, who has broken her foot. In a quiet old estate in a rural village, Dora makes discoveries about her family’s past and takes a meaningful step toward her own future. 

This poignant and light comedic film has played at SXSW in Austin; Bentonville Film Festival; Manhattan Film Festival; Destiny City Film Festival, Middle Coast Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival, New Hampshire Film Festival, Dallas VideoFest, New Orleans Film Festival, and Houston Cinema Arts Film Festival (as well as S.A.G. screenings in Los Angeles and New York).

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased now at the Beaumont Civic Center box office. All proceeds benefit the Beaumont Public Library System.