Why is the floor wet, Margo? Find out when CALS Ron Robinson Theater shows CHRISTMAS VACATION tonight

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989, PG-13)The comic misadventures of the beleaguered Griswold family continue in the third and most successful entry in the Vacation film series. (Plus it features the song stylings of the one and only Mavis Staples.)  All the fun is on the big screen at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater tonight.

This time America’s most dedicated dad, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), is determined to stay at home to create “the most fun-filled old fashioned family Christmas ever” — but life has a particular way of throwing wet logs on the Griswold family fire.

Joining Chase in this holiday romp are Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, and Miriam Flynn from the previous Vacation movies. Juliette Lewis and Johnny Galecki take their part in the revolving door of actors playing the Griswold kids.  New to the family in this edition are E. G. Marshall, Doris Roberts, John Randolph and Diane Ladd playing Ellen’s and Clark’s parents. Film veterans William Hickey and Mae Questel lend their talents as other relatives. Nicholas Guest and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are the annoyed neighbors next door while Brian Doyle-Murray plays Clark’s boss who would give Scrooge a run for his money.

Fun fact: Chris Columbus started working on HOME ALONE after he left this project because he could not get along with Chase.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Film starts at 7:00 p.m. Beer, wine, and concessions will be available!

Harry Potter Marathon continues with THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS

RRT HP 0727Harry continues to discover his destiny as the Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS)  Ron Robinson Theater ‘s (RRT) Harry Potter Movie Marathon shows with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Cars fly, trees fight back and a mysterious elf comes to warn Harry Potter at the start of the second year of his amazing journey into the world of wizardry. This year at Hogwarts, spiders talk, letters scold and Harry’s own unsettling ability to speak to snakes turns his friends against him. From dueling clubs to rogue Bludgers, it’s a year of adventure and danger when bloody writing on a wall announces: The Chamber of Secrets has been opened. To save Hogwarts will require all of Harry, Ron and Hermione’s magical abilities and courage.
This 2002 film was directed by Chris Columbus.  Returning to the cast are Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Fiona Shaw, Richard Griffiths, Julie Walters, John Cleese, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Wright, Chris Rankin, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Matthew Lewis, Tom Felton and Devon Murray. Among the new cast members were Toby Jones, Jim Norton, Mark Williams, Jason Isaacs, Kenneth Branagh, David Bradley and Miriam Margolyes.

The screening of all eight movies from Sunday, July 26 – Saturday, August 1 will celebrate Harry Potter’s July 31 birthday. Special Harry Potter-themed concessions, activities, and prizes are part of the festivities at 100 River Market Avenue.

Tickets are $7 each for single tickets. Concessions will be available for purchase at every showing, and beer and wine are available at screenings scheduled after 5 p.m.

Some planned activities for movie-goers include being sorted into Hogwarts houses, competing for House Cup points, photo booths, and a horcrux scavenger hunt.

Unique treats include candy from Kilwin’s and magical ice cream from Loblolly Creamery. Doors open and activities begin one hour before show time.

The movies continue in order through Friday at 7pm.  On Saturday the final two films will be shown at 1pm and 7pm.

If you see one or all 8, be sure and use #CALSPotterMarathon on social media.

Harry Potter Marathon starts with HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE at 6pm

RRT HP 0726Go back to the beginning as the Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS)  Ron Robinson Theater ‘s (RRT) Harry Potter Movie Marathon kicks off with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. (Or … and the Philosopher’s Stone for those who read the book or watched the film across the pond.)
Harry Potter, an orphaned child that has spent the first ten years of his life living under the stairs of his aunt and uncle’s house, is invited to join the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He learns his destiny lies in the realm of magic and fantasy.
This 2001 film was directed by Chris Columbus.  It introduced audiences to Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint as the central trio of students at Hogwarts.  Surrounding them were British acting legends Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Fiona Shaw, Richard Griffiths, Ian Hart, John Hurt, Julie Walters, John Cleese, Alan Rickman and Zoe Wanamaker.  Others in the cast included Bonnie Wright, Chris Rankin, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Matthew Lewis, Tom Felton and Devon Murray.
The screening of all eight movies from Sunday, July 26 – Saturday, August 1 will celebrate Harry Potter’s July 31 birthday. Special Harry Potter-themed concessions, activities, and prizes are part of the festivities at 100 River Market Avenue.
Tickets are $7 each for single tickets. Concessions will be available for purchase at every showing, and beer and wine are available at screenings scheduled after 5 p.m.

Some planned activities for movie-goers include being sorted into Hogwarts houses, competing for House Cup points, photo booths, and a horcrux scavenger hunt. Unique treats include candy from Kilwin’s and magical ice cream from Loblolly Creamery. Doors open and activities begin one hour before show time.

The movies continue in order Monday through Friday at 7pm.  On Saturday the final two films will be shown at 1pm and 7pm.

If you see one or all 8, be sure and use #CALSPotterMarathon on social media.

HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE tonight at Movies in the Park

MitP10 HarryPotterA magical summer evening is certainly in store with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. 

Chris Columbus directed this 2001 movie, which kicked off what proved to be a successful film franchise, replicating the success of the books.

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson play the central trio of youngsters. Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane, Fiona Shaw, Richard Griffiths, John Hurt and Julie Walters are some of the esteemed British actors who play adult roles in the movie.

Now in its 10th season, Movies in the Park is a free outdoor film series at the First Security Amphitheater in Riverfront Park.  The move starts at dark (around 8:30).

Movies in the Park has grown to a season of eight films per year, on average, reaching audiences of up to 4,000 people. It’s a staple event in Central Arkansas. Communities from across the state, and the country, have reached out for guidance as they have tried to implement similar programs in the own communities.

Since 2008, the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau has been managing Movies in the Park.