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Best of Philly 2008

Phoenixville Arts & Culture

Art & Independent Films
7 nights a week
Sundays at 2:00pm
Young Audiences
Saturdays at 2:00pm
Fright Night
First Fridays at 9:45pm
Baby Nights
Mondays at 6:30pm
Wednesdays at 2:00pm
Film Discussions
Wednesdays at 9:30pm

Classic Films

Our Classics on Sundays Series runs year-round at 2pm on Sunday afternoons; however you’ll sometimes see films from our Young Audiences or First Friday Fright Night series show up here too, because, well, they’re classics! Our upcoming themes are:

Oct: Creepy Corpses and Demented Doctors
Nov: Giving You the Dickens
Dec: SNL Christmas

Download our newsletter/schedule (updated Sep 17).

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The Phantom of the Opera with Live Theatre Organ Accompaniment

Directed by Rupert Julian. US. 1925. NR. 93 min. DVD. $5 - $10Buy tickets online.

Presented by The Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley

  • Sun, Oct 26
  • 2:00 pm

Through the years, Gaston Leroux’s classic novel ”Le Fantôme de l’Opéra” has had many film and stage incarnations. The most successful stage version, by Andrew Lloyd-Weber, has been at New York City’s Majestic Theatre since opening night, January 26, 1988. It is now the longest running show on Broadway – over 25 years!! Through the years, there have been several film presentations of “Phantom'” some more successful than others. Please join us for the original, and by More »

David Copperfield

Directed by George Cukor. US. 1935. NR. 130 min. Warner. 35mm.

  • Sun, Nov 2
  • 2:00 pm

Starting off a month of classic films based on the works of the great English author, Charles Dickens, we have the first of two of MGM’s most lavishly mounted epics, both filmed in 1935 under the auspices of famed producer David O. Selzick. “David Copperfield,” the semi-autobiographical story of a young boy’s development and rise to maturity in Victorian England, features some of Dickens’ most memorable characters, portrayed by a cast of the era’s most enjoyable character actors More »

A Tale of Two Cities

Directed by Jack Conway. US. 1935. NR. 128 min. Warner. 35mm.

  • Sun, Nov 9
  • 2:00 pm

Produced at MGM during the same year as “David Copperfield,” this story of the brutal aftermath of the French Revolution, though much darker than Copperfield, is a genuine cinema epic, with an ending that is truly up-lifting. Its star, Ronald Colman, immortalized himself in the role of Sydney Carlton, a bored and aimless young man who finds meaning for his life through an act of immense courage and self-sacrifice. With breath-taking action scenes and lavish production values, this is More »

Great Expectations

Directed by David Lean. UK. 1946. NR. 118 min. Park Circus. 35mm.

  • Sun, Nov 16
  • 2:00 pm

During the late 1940s, the British themselves turned to Dickens for some of the finest films of the time. This story, of a poor young orphan whose life is turned around thanks to the generosity of a mysterious unknown benefactor, was one of the author’s greatest critical and popular successes, and this production was one of its finest representations. Starring John Mills (as the grown-up orphan, Pip), and with a cast that includes Valerie Hobson, Finlay Currie, Jean Simmons, and More »

Oliver Twist

Directed by David Lean. UK. 1948. NR. 116 min. Park Circus. DCP.

  • Sun, Nov 23
  • 2:00 pm

After the success of “Great Expectations,” David Lean went on to make this definitive evocation of Dickens’ classic story of a young boy’s journey through the poverty, crime and general nastiness of London’s lower depths during the early Victorian era. (And yes, this is the story upon which Carol Reed’s joyous 1968 musical film, “Oliver!” was based.) John Howard Davies stars as Oliver, with Alec Guinness as his pick-pocket teacher and criminal mentor, Fagin, and a young Anthony More »

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Directed by Terry Gilliam. UK. 1975. PG. 91 min. Rainbow Releasing. Digital.

Fri, Nov 28 thru Sun, Nov 30 -- Roll over to view showtimes.

The end of November brings many cherished traditions: Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends, shopping with the crazed masses on Black Friday, watching parades and football games, and gathering at the Colonial to watch one of the funniest (and most quotable) comedies of all time,“Monty Python and the Holy Grail!” Perhaps the Pythons’ finest film, this cult classic puts an absurdist spin on the King Arthur legend complete with silly swordplay, horseless horseplay, a killer bunny, and a band of knights More »


Directed by Richard Donner. US. 1988. PG-13. 101 min. Paramount. DCP.

  • Sun, Dec 7
  • 2:00 pm

Bill Murray brings his patented blend of sarcasm and sweetness to this twisted take on Dickens’ classic holiday ghost story. As Frank Cross, a cold and cruel TV executive, Murray creates a modern-day Scrooge obsessed with ratings, power and wealth and hindered by joy, peace and love. While his network mounts a live Christmas Eve broadcast of “A Christmas Carol,” Frank is visited by three mysterious ghosts who will help him see the error of his ways. In addition to Murray More »


Directed by Steven Spielberg. US. 1979. PG. 118 min. Universal. 35mm.

  • Sun, Dec 14
  • 2:00 pm

In the tradition of grand comedies like “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” Steven Spielberg’s “1941” delivers spectacular set pieces along with brazenly broad comedy. Inspired by real life events,”1941″ focuses on the chaos that erupted on the West Coast in December of the title year. The follow-up to Spielberg’s back-to-back blockbusters “Jaws” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” it fared well at the box office but didn’t receive the numbers of More »

It’s a Wonderful Life

Directed by Frank Capra. US. 1946. NR. 130 min. Paramount. DCP.

Sponsored by Artisans Gallery & Cafe and Romantic Jewelers

  • Sun, Dec 21
  • 2:00 pm

What can we say about “It’s a Wonderful Life” that hasn’t been said a thousand times before? One of the most popular movies of all time (though it wasn’t a hit when it was first released), this is a film that has come to represent all the hope, good will, and sentiment that define the holiday season. Please join us in rooting for Jimmy Stewart, Clarence the Angel, and all his friends as they discover that each of us More »

Christmas Vacation

Directed by Jeremiah Chechik. US. 1989. PG-13. 97 min. Warner. DCP.

  • Sun, Dec 28
  • 2:00 pm

In 1989, when news broke that Chevy Chase was starring in a Christmas-themed sequel to the popular “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” no one could have predicted that it would become a holiday classic. Now, twenty-five years later, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” sits on the same skewed seasonal shelf as “A Christmas Story.” Come join us for a hilarious afternoon as Chase’s hapless Clark W. Griswold, his long-suffering wife Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo), kids Audrey (Juliette Lewis) and More »