Cinema under the Stars

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Join Cornell Cinema for its 18th summer series outdoors, with four films shown on the Willard Straight Terrace. Open to the public, with a cash bar, complimentary snacks and a great view. Patrons are also welcome to bring picnic dinners. Doors will open at 8:15 p.m. and films will start at 9:30 p.m., after dark. In the event of rain, screenings will be held in Willard Straight Theatre.

Tickets are $13 general/$11 students and seniors and can be purchased in advance online at These tickets will be held at the “will call” table for pickup the night of the show. Any tickets unclaimed by 9:15 p.m. may be resold. Credit cards cannot be used at the door.

Terrace shows typically sell-out in advance, so patrons are encouraged to plan accordingly. Added enticement: drawings for three pairs of Cornell Cinema guest passes will be held at each of the four shows. For more information, call 607-255-3522.

Stop Making Sense

Shows Wednesday, June 21; 1 hr. 28 mins. 1984. In 1984, nobody was making music like the Talking Heads, and nobody was making films like the late Jonathan Demme. It was inevitable for them to join forces and make a concert film unlike anything that anyone had seen before.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Shows Thursday, June 29; 1 hr. 27 mins. 2009. Directed by Wes Anderson with the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray. Wes Anderson turns his inimitable style to Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel. “An adventure in pure imagination that plays to the smart kid in all of us.” (Rolling Stone)

Singin’ in the Rain

Shows Wednesday, July 12; 1952. 1 hr. 43 mins. Directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly with Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor, Gene Kelly. Perhaps the best movie musical ever made, Singin’ in the Rain is a laugh-a-minute exhilarating comedy that sparkles with both the large-scale dance numbers that made Kelly famous and little vignettes priceless in their high comedy.

Double Indemnity

Shows Wednesday, July 26; 1944. 1 hr. 47 mins.Directed by Billy Wilder with Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck. Barbara Stanwyck plays the ultimate femme fatale: a woman who lures a hapless insurance salesman (Fred MacMurray in a handsome suit) into a complex murder scheme.