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The Sarasota Opera House Has Announced the Lineup for Its Summer Classic Movies Series

The Friday-night series opens with 2001: A Space Odyssey on May 12 and continues through October.

By Staff May 1, 2023

Sarasota Opera has announced the lineup for its 2023 summer movie series, which ill take place at the Sarasota Opera House in downtown Sarasota. Featuring some of the most classic films from across the 20th century, the series will open on Friday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. with Stanley Kubrick's epic 2001: A Space Odyssey.

“We are happy to once again present a series of classic movies this season,” says the opera's general director Richard Russell. “The Opera House was originally a movie and vaudeville theater, so this is a perfect way to celebrate that tradition.” 

Throughout the summer and into the fall, featured movies will include classic films ranging from the 1930s to the 1990s, from You Can't Take It With You to The Addams Family. Tickets are $12 and will go on sale on Wednesday, May 3. 

Here's the lineup.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Friday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. 

When Dr. Dave Bowman and other astronauts are sent on a mysterious mission to Jupiter, their ship’s computer system, HAL, begins to display increasingly strange behavior, leading up to a tense showdown between man and machine that results in a mind-bending trek through space and time. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter and Leonard Rossiter. 

Grease (1978)

Friday, May 26, at 7:30 p.m. 

A goodie-two-shoes from Australia falls in love with a greaser over a summer. When her family moves to the boy’s hometown, and she enrolls at the same high school, they have a difficult time maintaining their relationship. Directed by Randal Kleiser, starring John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway and Didi Conn. 

Auntie Mame (1958)

Friday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m. 

This Academy Award Best Picture nominee is about a young impressionable orphan who receives a dizzying wild upbringing from his eccentric aunt, who detests nonsense in others but loves it in herself. The script is based on Patrick Dennis’ autobiographical novel that also spawned a Broadway hit and was made into a movie musical in 1974. Directed by Morton DaCosta, starring Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker, Coral Browne, Fred Clark, Roger Smith and Lindsay Woolsey. 

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Friday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m. 

From the Academy Award-winning Coen Brothers, this hilarious, quirky comedy-thriller is about bowling, the avant-garde art, nihilistic Austrians, and a guy named “The Dude.” Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steven Buscemi, Julianne Moore, Peter Stormare, John Turturro, David Huddleston, Sam Elliott and Philip Seymour Hoffman. 

You Can’t Take It With You (1938)

Friday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. 

This film is an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play about an eccentric family of carefree misfits, whose only seemingly normal member, a young lady, falls for her employer’s son, the gentlemanly product of stuffy, snobby parents. When the members of the two disparate clans meet, there are fireworks.  Directed by Frank Capra, starring Jean-Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, Edward Arnold and Mischa Auer. 

Vertigo (1958)

Friday, August 11, at 7:30 p.m. 

Set among San Francisco’s renowned landmarks, Scottie Ferguson, a detective with a major fear of heights, is hired to shadow Madeleine, a friend’s suicidal wife. After he saves her from drowning in the bay, Scottie’s interest shifts from business to fascination with the icy alluring blonde. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring James Stewart, Kim Novak and Barbara Bel Geddes. 

The Great Escape (1963)

Friday, August 25, at 7:30 p.m. 

In 1943, the Germans opened Stalag Luft III, a maximum-security prisoner-of-war camp designed to hold even the most clever escape artists. In doing so, however, the Nazis unwittingly assembled the finest escape team in military history who worked on what became the largest prison breakout ever attempted. Directed by John Sturges, starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson and James Coburn. 

From Here to Eternity (1953)

Friday, September 15, at 7:30 p.m. 

This Best Picture winner is a portrait of life on a Honolulu Army base just before the attack on Pearl Harbor. It focuses on two rebellious privates and a tough but fair-minded sergeant who’s swept into a torrid affair with his commanding officer’s wife.  Directed by Fred Zinnermann, starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed. 

The Treasure of Sierra Madre (1948)

Friday, September 29, at 7:30 p.m. 

This film is a treatise on greed and what it does to the souls of three miners, circa the 1920s, as they set out to find the precious mineral in the mountains of Mexico. Academy Awards went to John Huston for screenplay and direction, and to his father, Walter Huston, who won Best Supporting Actor for his performance as an old prospector. Directed by John Huston, starring Humphrey Bogart, Tim Holt, Walter Huston, Alfonso Bedoya and Bruce Bennett. 

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Friday, October 13, at 7:30 p.m. 

This “cartoon noir” follows detective Eddie Valiant as he seeks to clear the name of a cartoon rabbit framed for murder. A blend of live-action, animation and allegory set in 1947 Los Angeles. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, starring Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer and Kathleen Turner. 

The Addams Family (1991)

Friday, October 27, at 7:30 p.m. 

When long-lost Uncle Fester reappears after 25 years in the Bermuda Triangle, Gomez and Morticia plan a celebration to wake the dead. But their daughter Wednesday barely has time to warm up her electric chair before Thing points out Fester’s uncommonly “normal” behavior. Could this Fester be a fake, part of an evil scheme to raid the Addams fortune? Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, starring Anjelica Huston, Raúl Juliá, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci and Dan Hedaya. 

All seats are general admission. Be sure to purchase tickets before arriving at the theater. Information and purchasing info can be found online at or by calling (941) 328-1300. Additional screenings may be announced at a later date. 

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