The beloved classic summer movie series returns to the Paramount Theater

Returning for its 48th year, the beloved Paramount Summer Classic film series kicks off next Thursday, May 26. While the lineup includes both tried-and-true classics, milestone anniversaries, and new fan favorites, the series kicks off with casablancawhich celebrates its 80th anniversary this year.

casablanca is part of the “How to Steal a Movie” launch theme, celebrating some of the all-time great supporting performances, including the 70th anniversary of Sing in the rain, Freedmen, A fish called Wandaand moon paper.

The series then shifts to a “How to Steal Everything Else” group with thieves, crooks, and heists taking center stage. Moviegoers can see Italian work, Rafifi, bottle rocket, how to steal a milliona screening of the 30th anniversary of reservoir dogs, The biteand Bonnie and Clyde.

While most of the films in the summer lineup are curated by film programmer Stephen Jannise, Paramount also announced a new partnership with Hyperreal Film Club for a screening series of six “new classics” films, like the action oriented show of 2015. Mad Max: Fury Road June 9. Founded in 2016, Austin-based Hyperreal has produced hundreds of pop-up screenings in every conceivable location with a “cinema for the people” ethos committed to radical inclusivity, radical community and radically fantastic films. .

“Hyperreal Film Club is thrilled to partner with the Paramount Theater to add six films to the summer lineup for Austin moviegoers, ranging from forgotten and underseen cinema to kinetic cult classics paired with locally made shorts, all guaranteed to perform. surprise and delight audiences,” said Jenni Kaye, co-founder of Hyperreal Film Club, in a statement.

Other special events and screenings include a special Father’s Day James Bond party, a 1982 40th anniversary screening Anneand a national Pride Month screening of Paris is burning. Premiering Friday, June 10, the historical documentary offers a dynamic snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York’s Black and LatinX Harlem drag scene. Following the event, the Majestic Cabaret Ball on Saturday, June 11 will transform the historic downtown theater into a cabaret lounge to bring a bright and musical ballroom to the big stage.

Presented in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign Austin, this Pride Month event celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community by spotlighting some of Central Texas’ most beloved QPOC artists, giving Austinites a chance to revel in the fun with them . Featuring drag queen extraordinaire Diamond Dior Davenport, award-winning plus-size cabaret troupe Fat Bottom Cabaret, and the Ball of the Century hosted by legendary mother Natalie Lepore and her Lepore home, attendees are invited to compete on the stage Paramount history to different categories where they will be graded on their outfits, attitudes, dance skills, runway walking, etc. in order to be the “Belle of the ball”.

“I look forward to welcoming everyone to our theaters for this beloved annual tradition,” Paramount’s Stephen Jannise said in a press release. “We are thrilled to partner with Hyperreal Film Club – a newer but already irreplaceable part of the Austin film scene – on six films this summer, and a screening of Paris is burning followed by our very own Majestic Cabaret Ball will be the unmissable highlight of an amazing summer. Hope to see you there!”

Tickets and more details on the May and June films are available at, while the next announcements will cover July to September. Austinites can rest assured that the incredibly popular Hitchcock Week is coming. Movies are also back at the nearby State Theater, offering even more chances to escape the record-breaking Texas heat for buttered popcorn and must-see movies.

Andrea G. Henderson