Tim Burton: King of Halloween Town

Programmed by Daniel Frankel

2014-01-10 @ 7:00 PM 9:00 PM 11:00 PM

Pee-wee's Big Adventure

(Tim Burton, 1985) · Grab a chairy and embark on Pee-wee's quest to the basement of the Alamo to find his red bicycle. The 80's man-child's journey on the great American road finds him running into characters like a murderous biker gang, Twisted Sister, and Large Marge. Burton's first feature film (after two memorable Disney shorts) plays like a live-action cartoon, expanding Pee-wee's world beyond his Playhouse while still maintaining the spirit and whimsy of his roots.

runtime: 90 min format: 35mm


2014-01-17 @ 7:00 PM 9:00 PM 11:00 PM


(Tim Burton, 1988) · Having trouble with the Living? Want to get rid of them pesky livin critters once and for all? Call Beetlejuice three times! Adam (Alec Baldwin) and Barbara (Geena Davis) Meitland face the crisis of their after-lives when a yuppie New York City family moves into the home they haunt. Desperate, they turn to a "bio-exorcist" named Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton) for help. They soon learn that perhaps the yuppies may not be the worst horror loose in their home.

runtime: 92 min format: 35mm


2014-01-24 @ 7:00 PM 10:00 PM


(Tim Burton, 1989) · Eschewing the usual first-installment origin story, the film drops our hero (Michael Keaton) straight into a confrontation with the Joker (Jack Nicholson), who wages war on Gotham City with deadly laughing gas-and has an unexpected connection to Batman's past. Burton's take on the Bat-Universe helped pave the way for future superhero films as it captured the freakish nature of the caped crusader. Screenwriter Sam Hamm will be on hand for Q&A at 9:15 PM!

runtime: 126 min format: 35mm


2014-01-31 @ 7:00 PM 9:00 PM 11:00 PM

The Nightmare Before Christmas

(Henry Selick, 1993) · Children of the '90s! Mall goths! MoMA enthusiasts! Don't miss this chance to see the stop motion masterpiece on the big screen! In a reimagined cosmos comprised of competing holidays, Halloween invades Christmas, and things start to get messy. Featuring catchy songs, fantastical, German Expressionist-inspired sets, and a cast of lovable characters, this film based on the Tim Burton poem of the same name is sure to delight audiences young and old alike.

runtime: 76 min format: 35mm


2014-02-07 @ 7:00 PM 9:30 PM

Ed Wood

(Tim Burton , 1994) · This biopic unfolds the life story of the titular director (Johnny Depp), who possesses as much passion as Orson Welles brought to Citizen Kane-but without the same level of talent. As he crafts such classics of bad moviemaking as Glen or Glenda and Plan 9 from Outer Space, Ed falls in love, works with actors ranging from Bela Lugosi (an Oscar-winning Martin Landau) to TV host Vampira and gains the chance to meet one of his directorial idols.

runtime: 127 min format: 35mm


2014-02-14 @ 7:00 PM 9:00 PM 11:00 PM

Edward Scissorhands

(Tim Burton , 1990) · Inspired by a picture Burton drew as a teenager, this haunting portrait of isolation in suburbia was the first in a series of collaborations with Johnny Depp, who plays Edward, an "uncommonly gentle man" with scissors for hands. Winona Ryder, Depp's girlfriend at the time, costars as Kim, the teenage daughter of the "normal" family that takes Edward in. Danny Elfman and Burton consider it to be their most personal and favorite work together.

runtime: 105 min format: DCP


2014-02-21 @ 7:00 PM 9:00 PM 11:00 PM

Mars Attacks!

(Tim Burton , 1996) · Ack ack! In this big-budget spoof of 1950's sci-fi B movies by the likes of Ed Wood, raygun toting martians invade planet earth, and all seems lost, until the earthlings discover a deadly weapon of their own: yodeling. Tim Burton once described his film as "the "Mad" magazine version of "Independence Day"." The movie is memorable in part for its bizarre character design, inspired by Wally Wood's luridly illustrated Topps trading card series.

runtime: 106 min format: 35mm


2014-02-28 @ 7:00 PM 9:30 PM

Big Fish

(Tim Burton , 2003) · Though at first glance "Big Fish" may be hard to identify as a Burton film, its deft portrayal of strained family ties and its fairy tale-esque style settles it nicely within his familiar repertoire. A series of fantastic vignettes nestled in a quiet family drama, the film follows Will Bloom as he tries to reconcile the truth about his dying father's life with the larger-than-life stories his father tells. Is he man or myth? Why not both, Burton asks?

runtime: 125 min format: 35mm


2014-03-07 @ 7:00 PM 9:30 PM

Sweeney Todd

(Tim Burton, 2007:) · What's the sound of the world out there? It's "man devouring man," thanks to Johnny Depp's vengeful barber. Banished from England years ago, Sweeney Todd returns to get even with the lecherous judge who poisoned his wife. Unable to curb his bloodlust, Todd murders indiscriminately in his "barber-ous" new guise, while Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter) bakes the corpses into pies. A star-studded cast makes this one of the best musicals in recent memory.

runtime: 116 min format: 35mm


2014-03-14 @ 7:00 PM 9:00 PM 11:00 PM


(Tim Burton, 2012) · "Frankenweenie" follows young Victor Frankenstein who, unable to get over the untimely death of his beloved dog Sparky, revives the pooch with SCIENCE. But what happens when such powerful technology falls into the wrong hands? A remake of the 1984 short that got Burton fired from Disney for "wasting company resources," this incarnation's black-and-white stop-motion goodness is filled with references to the Vincent Price era of horror films.

runtime: 87 min format: 35mm


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