Fans of classic movies will have the chance to grab their popcorn, a comfy chair and settle in for the 24th annual Nostalgia Night Film Series, hosted by The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Friends of the Devereaux Library at the Elks Theatre.
The series, which features 10 weeks of memorable classic film screenings, draws an average of 400 moviegoers per film. The movies are shown at the historic downtown theater every Sunday evening starting in January and running through March. The first film series began in 1995 and showed films based on World War II.
“Our first year, we were looking for fundraising ideas. Being the 50th anniversary of World War II, we came up with the idea to do World War II films. It was hugely successful, so we decided classic films were the way to go,” said Janet Taylor, coordinator of operations for the Devereaux Library at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.
The library picks a theme for each year and shows 10 classic movies based on that theme. Previous years’ themes have been “Salute to Radio City Music Hall,” “British Invasion,” and “From the Bookshelves to the Big Screen.” This year’s theme, “From the Request Line,” features previously shown movies requested by loyal fans of the film series.
The film series has had much success over the years. Several films have sold out during the series run, including “Casablanca,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and “The Man from Snowy River.” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” had a sell-out showing in 2004, and is just one of the films making its return for this year’s series.
Proceeds from the annual event have gone to support the library’s advancement into the modern age and provide students with updated amenities such as a study area, and an updated video/CD library. Money from this year's film series will be voted on by the school board and go toward replacing a list of things that would not otherwise be possible, such as scanners, electronics, and outdated furniture, Taylor said.
“This film series is a great way to get through the winter. We run 10 weeks, starting in January, and by the time it’s over, it’s spring. People tell us it makes the winter fly by,” Taylor said.
Season tickets for the series are $50. Individual tickets are $7.50 and are available on a space-available basis. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Devereaux Library on the SDSMT campus, the Elks Theatre, the Rocker Shop Downtown or by mail at Devereaux Library, 501 E. Saint Joseph St., Rapid City, S.D., 57701-3995. For more information, call (605) 394-1262, or visit http://friends.sdsmt.edu.
Here is this year’s lineup of films. Each show starts at 7:15 p.m. and the series runs every Sunday through March 18:
Jan. 14: “From Russia with Love”
This is Sean Connery at his best as Bond … James Bond. Stirred or shaken? Either way, this 1963 classic is sure to please.
Jan. 21: “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”
Don’t miss this rollicking, energetic 1954 musical as Howard Keel and his six rowdy brothers search for the perfect brides.
Jan. 28: “Cape Fear”
Hang on to your seat! Robert Mitchum, in his most villainous role, terrorizes Gregory Peck in this heart-pounding 1962 thriller.
Feb. 4: “Lover Come Back”
Cinema’s favorite couple, Doris Day and Rock Hudson, face off and hi jinks abound in this 1961 fun-filled comedy.
Feb. 11: “Kelly’s Heroes”
A star-studded cast led by Clint Eastwood and Telly Savalas takes on their own secret World War II mission in this 1970 action film.
Feb. 18: “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
Harrison Ford stars in this 1981 blockbuster adventure. Indiana Jones finds danger, adventure, and intrigue in the film that started it all.
Feb. 25: “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir”
This timeless, charming 1947 fantasy stars Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison. A love story that lasts a lifetime and beyond.
March 4: “All the President’s Men”
Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman bring headlines to life portraying real-life reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in this superb 1976 classic. A scandal that shook the nation.
March 11: “His Girl Friday”
Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell star in this terrific, must-see film. Hilarity abounds in this 1940 comedy.
March 18: “A Big Hand for the Little Lady”
Join Henry Fonda in a trip back to the Old West. Joanne Woodward and Jason Robards Jr., also star in this 1966 delight. The surprise ending will cap off the film series.