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Film Picks: A weekend of ’70s disaster films at The Cary Theater

In “The Towering Inferno,” a fire breaks out in a state-of-the-art San Francisco high-rise building during the opening ceremony attended by A-list guests. It stars, from left, Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway and Paul Newman.
In “The Towering Inferno,” a fire breaks out in a state-of-the-art San Francisco high-rise building during the opening ceremony attended by A-list guests. It stars, from left, Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway and Paul Newman. Warner Bros.

This weekend, The Cary Theater in downtown Cary will showcase a mini marathon of old school disaster films from the ’70s. First up, Ronald Neame’s 1979 sci-fi action epic “Meteor,” starring Sean Connery, Natalie Wood and Karl Malden, screens Friday at 7 p.m., followed by Irwin Allen’s 1978 horror flick “The Swarm,” starring Michael Caine, Katherine Ross and Henry Fonda at 9:30. Saturday, George Seaton and Henry Hathaway’s 1970 thriller “Airport,” starring Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin and George Kennedy, screens at 7 p.m., followed by Corey Allen’s 1978 action drama “Avalanche” at 9:30. Sunday at 2 p.m., the destruction-filled series concludes with John Guillermin’s 1974 disaster classic “The Towering Inferno,” starring Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and William Holden. Tickets are $3-$5 for each film.

Also happening at The Cary, the first of a four-part series called “Rough Cuts Review,” an open screen night for North Carolina filmmakers, kicks off Tuesday at 7 p.m. The free event is hosted by film and English Professor Joseph Partin. Thursday, there is a special test screening of Rob Underhill’s 2014 horror thriller anthology film “Fever Dreams” at 7 p.m. A Q&A with stars Keith Harris, Mike Wiley and Jeff Briggs follows. That event is also free. Reserve complimentary tickets online or at the box office. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.

Other highlights

  • Friday in Raleigh, Mission Valley Cinema’s “Late Night” series celebrates Friday the 13th with (what else?) Sean S. Cunningham’s 1980 horror classic “Friday the 13th,” starring Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King and Kevin Bacon. 11:30 p.m. $5. Details: 919-834-2233 or ambassadorcinemas.com.
  • In Durham Friday, Carolina Theatre’s Retroamore series offers a double feature of a couple of classic late ’80s weepers: Garry Marshall’s “Beaches” (1988), starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey; followed by Herbert Ross’ “Steel Magnolias” (1989), starring Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis and Julia Roberts. The double bill begins at 7 p.m. and admission is $9. Details: 919-560-3030 or carolinatheatre.org/films.
  • Friday in Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of Art’s Spring Films series, which celebrates the work of filmmakers Satyajit Ray and Sidney Lumet, concludes with Lumet’s classic 1957 debut “12 Angry Men,” starring Henry Fonda, Martin Balsam, Jack Warden and E. G. Marshall. It starts at 8 p.m. at the Museum Auditorium in the East Building with an introduction by NCMA film curator Laura Boyes. Tickets are $7 ($5 for students and NCMA members). Details: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org.
  • Also Friday, Koka Booth Amphitheatre’s summer series “Movies by Moonlight” presents Carlos Saldanha’s 2014 animated comedy adventure “Rio 2.” Gates open for the Cary screening at 7 p.m. (movie starts at dusk – approximately 8:30). Admission is $5 (free for kids 12 and under). Details: 919-462-2052 or boothamphitheatre.com.
  • Monday in Raleigh, the Rialto Theater’s new series, “Monday at the Movies,” presents Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s cult classic 1995 French fantasy “The City of Lost Children,” starring Ron Perlman, Daniel Emilfork and Judith Vittet. $5. 7 p.m. Details: 919-856-8683 or ambassadorcinemas.com.
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