posted July 17, 2013

Knickerbocker Theatre to Offer Free Summer Family Film Series

Hope College is again offering a free summer film series at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

The films run on Thursdays, from July 25 to August 15, at 7:30 p.m. The times coincide with the Holland downtown street performers, creating a full night of entertainment for families.

The series will open with Stephen Spielberg’s “The Goonies” on Thursday, July 25. The adventure/comedy film features a group of kids embarking on a wild quest after finding a pirate treasure map. With their homes facing foreclosure to make room for a golf course expansion, this group of children decides to have one last fun, “goonie adventure.” In the end, the map shows them far more than the treasure they envisioned. The film, from 1985, is rated PG.

On Thursday, Aug. 1, the series will feature the 2012 Academy-award winning film from Pixar, “Brave.” In the film, Princess Merida, a skilled archer, defies an age-old custom, causing chaos in the kingdom by expressing the desire to not marry. Merida is forced to use her skills and intelligence before the chaos she creates becomes permanent. The film’s voice cast features Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson and Craig Ferguson.  “Brave” is rated PG.

“The Princess Bride,” from 1987, will return to the big screen on Thursday, Aug. 8.  As a grandfather begins to read this story to his not-so-enthusiastic grandson, he promises that the story includes “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Revenge. Giants. Monsters. Chases. Escapes. True love. Miracles.”  The film features a cast of stars, including Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, Peter Falk, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, a young Fred Savage and even Andre the Giant. “The Princess Bride” is rated PG.

The series will closes on Thursday, Aug. 15, with Martin Scorsese’s 2011 film, “Hugo.” Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, and winner of five, “Hugo” tells the story of 12-year-old Hugo Cabret, an orphan living in the walls of a train station in Paris in the 1930s. Having learned the art of fixing clocks from his father, Hugo keeps the station clocks running, but he is searching for a key to run a mechanical man left behind by his father. The search leads to an exciting adventure which connects his past to his present. “Hugo” is rated PG.

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St., between College and Columbia avenues. More information on the films can be found at www.hope.edu/arts/knick.