Cinema series brings classics to the Square

Past favorites and six new offerings will be part of the 20th Cinema at the Square film series, which starts tonight at Playhouse Square’s Connor Palace.

Cinema at the Square recreates the nostalgic movie-going experience of the 1950s and ’60s, when the Connor Palace was one of downtown Cleveland’s premier movie theaters. All screenings feature classic movie theater concessions, pre-show cartoons and shorts, and popular music on the theater’s restored 1928 Kimball organ and performed by members of the Western Reserve Theatre Organ Society.

Each film is shown on a massive 20-feet-high-by-47-feet-wide screen using an original 35 mm reel-to-reel projector operated by a skilled projectionist.

Films have to be 25 years or older for consideration for the series. First time offerings include “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?,” the 1962 film that was the subject of the FX series “Feud”; “Purple Rain,” the acting debut of Prince, who died last year; “The Blues Brothers”; “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”; “Charlotte’s Web” and “When Harry Met Sally.”

The complete schedule is:

• Today — “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952), 7:30 p.m.

• Friday — “Top Hat” (1935), 7:30 p.m.

• Saturday — “The Wizard of Oz” (1939), 2 p.m., and “Purple Rain” (1984), 7:30 p.m.

• Sunday — “Annie” (1982), 2 p.m.

• Aug. 10 — “When Harry Met Sally” (1989), 7:30 p.m.

• Aug. 11 — “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (1958), 7:30 p.m.

• Aug. 12 — “Charade” (1963), 2 p.m., and “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” (1962), 7:30 p.m.

• Aug. 13 — “Charlotte’s Web” (1973), 2 p.m.

• Aug. 18 — “The Blues Brothers” (1980), 7:30 p.m.

• Aug. 19 — “Casablanca” (1942), 2 p.m., and “The Shining” (1980), 7:30 p.m.

• Aug. 20 — “Sabrina” (1954), 2 p.m.

Tickets are $5 per film for adults and $4 for students, senior citizens and children ages 11 and younger. Flix Tix passes, good for six films of your choice, are available for $15. Tickets are available at the Playhouse Square ticket office, by phone at 216-241-6000 and online at