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Matinee + The Smallest Show on Earth

Sun, Aug 21, 2016
  • 4:30PM
RUN TIME: 204min total with intermission
MEMBERS: $7 (free for Level 4 and above)
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Sunday August 21, 2016
Performances no longer available.

Directed by Joe Dante
With John Goodman, Simon Fenton, Cathy Moriarty
1993, 109min, 35mm


Dante’s nostalgic love-letter to the creature features of his youth stars John Goodman as a schlockmeister director premiering his latest atomic age monster movie in Key West, Florida, where residents are already on edge over the Cuban Missile Crisis. Dante piles on the early 60s period details—fallout shelters, fondue parties, Lenny Bruce—while having fun with the film within the film: a spot-on homage to science fiction B movies called Mant!

The Smallest Show on Earth

Directed by Basil Dearden
With Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Peter Sellers
1957, 80min, 35mm


A young couple (McKenna and Travers) suddenly find themselves in the entertainment business when they inherit a decrepit movie theater that comes with three oddball employees. This charmingly eccentric British comedy is infused with the same love for the moviegoing experience that runs through Dante’s work and features an early performance from the then-32-year-old Peter Sellers playing an elderly projectionist. 

“The love of movies and movie going permeates Basil Dearden’s valentine to the single screen movie house as Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna inherit a fleapit theater complete with employees Margaret Rutherford, Peter Sellers and Bernard Miles. Deserves to be better known.” —Joe Dante

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