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Film Picks: The Rialto kicks off Musical Monday series with ‘Gigi’

Louis Jordan, left, and Leslie Caron in the 1958 musical “Gigi.”
Louis Jordan, left, and Leslie Caron in the 1958 musical “Gigi.” Warner Bros. Entertainment

Monday, the Rialto Theater in Raleigh kicks off a new series, Musical Monday, with a screening of Vincente Minnelli’s 1958 classic “Gigi,” starring Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, Maurice Chevalier and Hermione Gingold. The acclaimed film, an adaptation of the 1944 novella of the same name by French writer Collette, won nine Academy Awards including, of course, Best Score and Best Original Song for the title song. As one of the other songs in the movie goes, it’ll be a celebration of “The Night They Invented Champagne” – so, yes, bubbly will be available. $5. 7 p.m. Details: 919-856-8683 or ambassadorcinemas.com.

Other highlights

  • Friday at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, there will be a double feature of classics from the Golden Age of Cinema: Howard Hawk’s “His Girl Friday” (1940), and Gregory La Cava’s “Stage Door” (1937) as part of the RetroTreasures film series. Admission is $9. 7 p.m.. $20. Details: 919-560-3030 or carolinatheatre.org.
  • Friday at The Cary Theater, Andrzej Wajda’s 2016 historical drama “Afterimage” screens at 7 p.m., followed by Jonathan Barre’s 2016 comedy “Max and Leon” at 9:15 (encores of “Max & Leon” Saturday at 2 p.m. and Thursday at 9:15 p.m.; “Afterimage” on Thursday at 2 and 7 p.m.). Saturday, Christian Liebich’s 2010 documentary “The Black Roots of Salsa: The Emancipation of Cuban Rumba” screens at 7 p.m. Sunday, Yaël Farber’s 2014 adaptation of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” screens at 2 p.m. Wednesday, it’s the “Motion for Pictures Screening Series” presented by Triangle Filmmaking Community at 7 p.m. Admission is $3-$5 to each film except for “The Black Roots of Salsa” event which is free, and “The Crucible” event which is $12-$15. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.
  • Friday at Regency Park in Cary, Koka Booth Amphitheatre’s summer series “Movies by Moonlight” kicks off with Gareth Edwards’ 2016 sci-fi epic “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” Thursday, the series continues with Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-winning 2016 musical “La La Land.” Gates open at 7 (movies starts at dusk). Admission is $5 (free for kids 12 and under). Details: 919-462-2052 or boothamphitheatre.com.
  • Also Friday, the PNC Downtown Raleigh Movie Series presents Mel Brooks’ 1993 spoof “Robin Hood: Men in Tights,” starring Cary Elwes, Richard Lewis and Dave Chappelle, at City Plaza. The movie begins at dusk. Free. Details: 919-832-1231 or godowntownraleigh.com.
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