When it comes to movies that were made in North Carolina, “Bull Durham,” “The Hunger Games,” “The Last of the Mohicans” – even “Patch Adams” – get a lot of attention. But one of the best of the batch often gets left out of the conversation. That would be David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet,” shot in Lumberton and Wilmington. It will be shown as part of The N.C. Museum of History’s “Starring North Carolina!” film series and exhibit on Friday night at 6.
Tickets for “Blue Velvet” are $5 plus tax per person, and $4 plus tax for museum members. Details: 919-807-7900 or ncmuseumofhistory.org.
If you want to see in person some props from the movie – which starred Kyle McLachlan, Isabella Rossellini and Dennis Hopper – the “Starring North Carolina!” exhibit has them, and you can check them out during normal museum hours (but not during Friday’s screening). They have the actual severed ear (a silicone prop), a prosthetic leg used in a crime scene, one of Rossellini’s blue velvet robes, and props from many other movies made in North Carolina. The exhibit runs through Sept. 7. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. (Tickets for that exhibit are $5 per person for ages 18 and up; $3 for ages 7 to 17, 60 and up, active military personnel, college students with ID; $3 for groups of 10 or more with reservations; free for ages 6 and under. Sales tax applies to all ticket purchases.)
▪ In Durham on Friday, the Carolina Theatre’s Retrofantasm film series presents a double feature dubbed “Hit The Road, Jack!” consisting of two ’80s comedy classics: John Hughes’ “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” (1987), starring Steve Martin and John Candy; and Harold Ramis’ “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983), starring Chevy Chase. The double bill begins at 7 p.m., and admission is $8 ($6.25 for Star members). Details: 919-560-3030 or festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma.
▪ Saturday morning, The Cary Theater in downtown Cary will show Don Bluth’s 1988 animated adventure “The Land Before Time” at 10 am. That evening, the dinosaur theme continues with Eric Brevig’s 2008 adaptation of Jules Verne’s 1864 sci-fi novel “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (7 p.m.) and Brad Silberling’s 2009 comedy “Land of the Lost” (9 p.m.). Sunday afternoon, Don Chaffey’s 1966 fantasy adventure “One Million Years B.C.” will screen at 2. Thursday evening, a double feature dubbed “Here Comes The Brides!” consists of Doug Block’s 2014 documentary “112 Weddings” at 7, and P.J. Hogan’s 1994 rom com “Muriel’s Wedding” at 9. Admission to each film is $5. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.
▪ Saturday, The N.C. Museum of Art’s Summer Movies series at the open air Museum Park Theater continues with a screening of Morten Tyldum’s 2014 Oscar-winning historical drama “The Imitation Game,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Doors open at 7:30, with the feature beginning at 9. $5 (free for museum members). Details: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org.
▪ Sunday night, the Cinema Inc. series at the Rialto in Raleigh is screening Arthur Hiller’s 1964 war comedy “The Americanization of Emily,” starring James Garner and Julie Andrews. It starts at 7, and passes for the remainder of the season are $6. Details: 919-787-7611 or cinema-inc.org.
▪ On Wednesday, The Dude abides once again at the Colony Theater’s eighth annual screening of the Coen Brother’s 1998 comic noir classic “The Big Lebowski,” starring Jeff Bridges. 7:30 p.m. $5. Details: 919-847-5677 or ambassadorcinemas.com.