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Retro double feature at Carolina Theatre chosen by fans

Hopscotch is a 1980 film that stars Walter Matthau, pictured, Glenda Jackson and Sam Waterston.
Hopscotch is a 1980 film that stars Walter Matthau, pictured, Glenda Jackson and Sam Waterston.

On June 15, the Carolina Theatre in Durham is presenting a somewhat odd double feature as part of the Retrotreasures series.

It consists of Ronald Neame’s 1980 comic adventure “Hopscotch,” starring Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson, followed by Richard Lester’s 1976 comedy “The Ritz,” starring Jack Weston, Jerry Stiller, F. Murray Abraham and Rita Moreno.

I asked Jim Carl, the Carolina’s senior director, about the connection between these two seemingly mismatched movies. “They were audience picks," he said. "We did a Facebook poll last year for ‘underseen’ comedies from the '70s and '80s, and these two were the most voted for.” That works for me. The double bill begins at 7 p.m., and admission is $9. Details: 919-560-3030 or carolinatheatre.org.

Other Highlights

On June 15, the N.C. Museum of Art continues the Summer Outdoor Movie series with Cameron Crowe’s 1989 rom-com “Say Anything,” starring John Cusack, Ione Skye and John Mahoney, at the open-air theater in Museum Park. 9 p.m. $6 (free for museum members). Details: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org/calendar.

On June 16, Dix Park's Movies by Moonlight series will show "Moana," the PG-rated animated film. The free screening is a partnership of the City of Raleigh and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the film at 8:45 p.m. Qspresso, Bulkogi and Kona Ice food trucks will be on site.

On June 15, the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary continues the Movies By Moonlight series with Jake Kasdan’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (2017),” staring Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillian and Kevin Hart. Admission is $5 (free for kids 12 and under). Details: 919-462-2052 or boothamphitheatre.com.

On June 15, the Cary Theater’s Beyond: The Film Festival continues with Shorts Block 1, a program of shorts by N.C. filmmakers, at 1 p.m., followed by Margaret Byrne’s 2016 documentary “Raising Bertie” at 4 p.m., and Shorts Block 2 at 7 p.m. On June 16, it’s Shorts Block 3 at 11 a.m., followed by Shorts Block 4 at 4 p.m., and Herbert Ross’s 1989 comedy drama “Steel Magnolias” at 7 p.m.

On June 16, at 10 a.m. there is a free screenwriting master class with Shawn Schepps, who has written the films "Encino Man," "Son-In-Law" and "Drumline." She also has written for TV's "Drop Dead Diva" and "Weeds." She also acted in "The Brady Bunch."

On June 17, it’s Beyond’s Best, a collection of the most acclaimed features of the fest. Each program is $9 (day passes are available for Friday for $30, and Saturday for $45).

On Wednesday, June 20, the Cinema Overdrive series is presenting Kazuhiko Yamaguchi’s action thriller “Sister Street Fighter” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21, Peter Chelsom’s 2014 comedy drama “Hector and the Search for Happiness” at 2 p.m., and 7 p.m., followed by John Curran’s 2017 historical drama “Chappaquiddick” at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $3-$5 for each film. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.

On June 15, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is presenting Ron Shelton’s 1988 sports comedy “Bull Durham” at 7:30 p.m. On June 16, it’s the sing-along version of the 1978 musical classic “Grease” at 7:30 p.m. On June 17, it’s a Father’s Day screening of Henry Hathaway’s 1969 western classic “True Grit” at 2 p.m.

On June 18, the Fist City series presents Shunya Itō’s 1972 Japanese crime thriller “Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion” at 7:30 p.m. On June 20, Andy Sidaris’ 1987 action thriller “Hard Ticket to Hawaii” screens as part of the Weird Wednesday series. Tickets are $5 for each film. Details: drafthouse.com/raleigh.

On June 19, the Rialto Theatre’s “Monday at the Movies” series is presenting Michael Curtiz’s 1942 classic “Casablanca,” starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid. There will be a special introduction by Oliver Koch, grandson of the film’s screenwriter, Howard Koch. 7 p.m. $5. Details: 919-856- 8683 or ambassadorcinemas.com.

On June 21, the Movie Loft in Durham is showing Bruce Kessler’s 1968 western “Killers Three,” starring Robert Walker Jr., Diane Varsi, Dick Clark, and Merle Haggard. Preceding the film, which was set and shot in North Carolina, will be a performance by local musicians John Howie Jr. and Sarah Glasco. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the movie at 8:30 p.m. Free (donations accepted). Details: 919-964-3940 or shadowboxstudio.org.
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