Film series returns to Cleveland

Three weeks of classic films and cult favorites are planned for the 16th annual Cinema at the Square.

The annual film series at PlayhouseSquare’s Palace Theatre is designed to recreate the classic moviegoing experience with pre-show recitals on the theater’s 1927 Kimball organ and retro short films and cartoons preceding the main attractions.

The movies are shown on the theater’s Super Hurley-Glo projection screen, the largest non-IMAX screen in Ohio.

This year’s lineup features:

Aug. 1 – “Grease,” a sing-along screening of the popular John Travolta/Olivia Newton-John musical, at 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 2 – “Diamonds Are Forever,” the sixth and final James Bond film starring Sean Connery as 007 (not including “Never Say Never Again”), at 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 3 – “Citizen Kane,” the debut film by director Orson Welles and regularly included on lists of the best films ever made, at 2 p.m.; and “Bonnie and Clyde,” the 1967 film nominated for 10 Academy Awards, at 8 p.m.

Aug. 4 – “Bedknobs and Broomsticks,” the 1971 Disney feature that blended live action and animation, at 2 p.m.

Aug. 8 – “Sixteen Candles,” the 1984 film that was John Hughes’ directorial debut, at 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 9 – “The Apartment,” Billy Wilder’s Best Picture-winning comedy starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, at 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 10 – “You Can’t Take It With You,” the 1938 adaptation of the Kaufman-Hart stage comedy, at 2 p.m.; and “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi epic, at 8 p.m.

Aug. 11 – “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” which won three Academy Awards for its blending of live action and animation, at 2 p.m.

Aug. 15 – “The Princess Bride,” the Rob Reiner-directed fable that has been a cult favorite since its 1987 debut, at 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 16 – “Bringing Up Baby,” a classic screwball comedy starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, at 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 17 – A collection of “Three Stooges” short films at 2 p.m. and “Planet of the Apes,” the 1968 original starring Charlton Heston, at 8 p.m.

Aug. 18 – “Annie,” the original 1982 adaptation of the popular Broadway musical, at 2 p.m.

Admission for each film is $5 for adults with senior citizens and children ages 12 and younger admitted for $4. “Flix Tix,” good for any six films for $15, are available at the PlayhouseSquare box office and online at

For groups of 10 or more or for more information, call 216-664-6050.