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Summer Outdoor Cinema

Summer Outdoor Cinema

Event Details

Date & Time:

Wed June 27, 2012 - Wed August 8, 2012


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


Join us Wednesday nights this summer for free movies under the stars on Northwestern's beautiful Evanston campus! This year's crop of family-friendly recent hits and classics continues Block Cinema's Paris on Film theme from the spring quarter.

All films begin at sundown (approximately 8:45 pm) and are screened on the East Lawn of the Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive. The lawn is located just north of the Block Museum, on the north side of Pick Staiger Concert Hall. Bring your own blankets and chairs. Rain location is the McCormick Auditorium in Norris. No film on Wednesday, July 4.

Summer Outdoor Cinema is presented in collaboration with Northwestern University Summer Session and the Norris Center for Student Involvement.


Midnight in Paris

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 sundown (about 8:45 PM)
(Woody Allen, 2011, 94 min.)

On vacation in Paris with his fiancée and her well-to-do parents, Gil (Owen Wilson) a successful but unfulfilled screenwriter, finds himself longing for more. While wandering the streets late one night, he is unexpectedly transported back to the 1920’s, where encounters his idols including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Gertrude Stein.

An American in Paris

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 sundown (about 8:45 PM)
(Vincente Minnelli, 1951, 113 minutes)

One of the greatest American musicals, Minnelli’s homage to the city of light was beloved by French New Wave filmmakers like Godard and Truffaut. Gene Kelly stars as a struggling artist living in Paris after World War II. He falls in love with a cabaret dancer (Leslie Caron), who’s engaged to a well-known singer.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012 sundown (about 8:45 PM)
(Martin Scorsese, 2011, 126 minutes)

Young orphan Hugo lives secretly in a Parisian train station while observing its eccentric shop workers. He befriends a young girl who literally holds the key that might help him find a new home. Scorsese’s whimsical film is both a visually stunning homage to a long-gone Paris and a loving tribute to French filmmaker and “cinemagician,” Georges Méliès.

Funny Face

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 sundown (about 8:45 PM)
(Stanley Donen, 1957, 103 minutes)

In this delightful musical Fred Astaire plays Dick Avery, a fashion photographer in search of a new muse and model. In Greenwich Village Dick discovers lovely bookworm Jo (Audrey Hepburn), who disdains Dick’s profession but agrees to go to Paris for a photo shoot so she can meet her idol, a French philosopher. Sparks fly when the unlikely pair falls for each other.

The Muppets

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 sundown (about 8:45 PM)
(James Bobin, 2011, 103 minutes)

After several years away from the spotlight the Muppets have gone their separate ways—Kermit lives alone in a drafty mansion, Fozzie sings in a hotel lounge act, and Miss Piggy works in Paris for a fashion magazine. When a nefarious oil tycoon threatens to tear down their theater, the Muppet’s biggest fans must reunite the whole gang for one more show.

The Artist

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 sundown (about 8:45 PM)
(Michel Hazanavicius, 2011, France, 100 minutes)

In 1927 film star George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is at the height of his career when he literally stumbles upon movie extra Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo). When the silent era of Hollywood gives way to sound, Valentin finds his career in a downward spiral as Peppy’s popularity in “talkies” skyrockets. This French remake of A Star is Born garnered several Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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