Our Universal Horror series at the Heights wraps up with this spare, black and white haunted house picture — one of the first films in that now-venerable spooky genre. Ruth Hussey and Ray Milland play siblings who buy a suspiciously-cheap house in Cornwall, only to find that you get what you pay for.

Thursday, October 24: 7:30pm
At The Heights
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We bid farewell to summer and our Pierre Étaix series this Labor Day weekend. Summer leaves exhausted, drenched from the heat. But Étaix leaves us smiling and happy with this collection of four vignettes looking at modern life. And I guarantee that not only will the Trylon keep you cool on this late August days, but we will never give you a theatrical experience as terrible as this one:

As Long as You’re Healthy
Friday, Saturday: 7, 8:45
Sunday: 5, 6:45
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Hellboy

Did you see Pacific Rim last weekend? Want to keep that Guillermo del Toro vibe going for a few more days? Check out Hellboy, del Toro’s take on the long-running Dark Horse comic. Fantastic monsters, rollicking plot, 35mm projection…a great way to spend a summer evening.

Monday & Tuesday: 7pm, 9:15
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Ninotchka

Garbo shows off her comedic talents in this film by the always sly Ernst Lubitsch. Ninotchka is only a glimpse at what could have been, as Garbo retired just two years later. This film will be presented at The Heights in glorious 35mm!

Monday: 7:30pm at The Heights
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Defenders: Blake Iverson

Our secret-film series The Defenders continues with this month’s host, Blake Iverson. Blake serves on the Minneapolis Arts Commission the boards of Intermedia Arts and Eclectic Edge Ensemble. In his spare time, he hosts trivia, rides bikes, and drinks whiskey, not necessarily in that order.  What little-loved film will Blake be defending? You’ll have to come to find out.

Wednesday: 7pm
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Ride Lonesome – with star James Best

The first of two nights with James Best at The Heights. Best is probably most recognized for playing Sherriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the Dukes of Hazard, but he built his career on character work in films like Ride Lonesome, a classic western pairing of actor Randolph Scott and director Budd Boetticher. Best will do a Q&A after the show.

On Thursday, Best will present a night of clips and stories from his six decades in show business.

Ride Lonesome
Wednesday: 7:30pm
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An Evening with James Best
Thursday: 7:30pm
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Animal House & The Blues Brothers

The two great classics of counter-culture comedy together in one weekend. Rising from the satirical magazine National Lampoon, Animal House is the grandfather of gross-out comedies, not to mention the progenitor of every coming-of-age sex farce that hit the screen throughout the ’80s (and ’90s, and 2000s, etc.). Oh, and it launched the film career of John Belushi.

The Blues Brothers sprang from a sketch on Saturday Night Live, making them the first of many SNL characters to jump to the big screen. None have done it more successfully, thanks to a film jammed with amazing guest stars, classic musical numbers and quick comedy and more than a few car crashes.

Animal House
Friday: 7pm
Saturday: 9:30pm
Sunday: 7pm
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Blues Brothers
Friday: 9:15pm
Saturday: 7pm
Sunday: 5pm
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Ok, more than half the cast is British, but is there any better movie to celebrate July 4th than The Great Escape? I think not! The Trylon will be showing John Sturges’ prison escape classic all weekend. Get out of the heat, grab a popcorn and celebrate with Steve McQueen. Not to mention: James Garner, James Coburn and Charles Bronson…and a bunch of UK actors with names like Nigel.

The Great Escape
Friday & Saturday at 7:00
Sunday at 5:00 & 8:15
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