Egyptian Theater has many film offerings this summer

Monday , June 30, 2014 - 4:10 PM

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By RACHEL J. TROTTER

Standard-Examiner correspondent

OGDEN – The Egyptian Theater is hosting two new movie series, in part, to draw fans to the historic space.

The series will offer a wide range of movies, for families and movie lovers, at low prices.

“We want to establish a presence here and for people to see what we have here,” said Shirley Genus, theater director.

Starting this month the theater will offer free Saturday morning matinees at 11 a.m. for children and their parents.

Every Friday and Saturday night classic, movies from all genres of film will be featured. Evening screenings will cost $5 per person.

Genus said there will also be an extra offering on Pioneer weekend, on July 25, of a free movie for families.

“We wanted to have a broad range for everyone and that will continue into August,” Genus said.

Genus is also working with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to show some LDS-themed movies during August, during the LDS Temple open house. She is hoping that those films will be free to the public as well.

The theater has some money from RAMP and from the Egyptian Theater Foundation to be able to offer the movies for free and at low prices. People will also have an enhanced viewing experience with a new sound system being installed in the next month thanks to a RAMP grant, and matching funds from the foundation. The Egyptian Theater Foundation held a soiree last month to celebrate the theater’s anniversary and raised enough to be able to match the RAMP grant for the sound system.

The next step is to raise enough money to put in the digital cinematic package. RAMP awarded the theater $55,000 for the package, but the foundation is trying to raise matching funds to install the system, Genus said.

“The foundation is looking to offer a series of classic films next year and so this is to get people coming out and enjoying the theater,” she said.

“I am so happy because people have been very generous,” Genus said of the donations to make improvements to the theater and the overall viewing experience for patrons.

Genus encourages people to check the theater website, www.egyptiantheater.com, for event calendar updates. Here’s the current schedule:

Free family films

“Babe” (1995, G), July 12. Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep.

“E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982, PG), July 19. A child tries to help a friendly alien return home.

“Iron Giant” (1999, PG), Aug. 2. A boy makes friends with an innocent alien giant robot that a government agent wants to destroy.

“Despicable Me 2” (2013, PG), Aug. 9. Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal.

Free family films begin at 11 a.m. Saturdays.

Weekend movies for $5

“Gravity” (2013, PG-13), July 11. Sandra Bullock stars in this film about a medical engineer and an astronaut (George Clooney), adrift and struggling to survive after the explosion of their space shuttle.

“Best in Show” (2000, PG-13), July 12. Frank Willard, Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara are among the actors to star in this comedy about events at a national dog show.

“L.A. Confidential” (1997, R) on July 18. Kevin Spacey stars in this story of three police men, who have very different characters, investigating a murder in 1950s Los Angeles.

“The Thing” (1982, R), July 19. Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people it kills. Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley and Keith David star.

“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (1954, G), July 25. Jane Powell and Howard Keel star in this a 1850 Oregon backwoods man who brings home a wife, motivating his brothers to do the same.

“The Cowboys” (1972, GP — general with parental guidance), July 26. John Wayne stars as a rancher forced to recruit boys for a drive after his ranch hands abandon him for the California gold rush.

Weekend movies start at 7 p.m. Tickets can be bought through http://egyptiantheaterogden.com/ticketing, at the box office during regular hours, or at the door, 2415 Washington Blvd.

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