As temperatures climb in the Old Pueblo, local summer film series are also heating up. This week, and in the weeks to follow, Tucson will play host to a myriad of continuing cinematic celebrations that are sure to spice up your summer.
The Loft Cinema:
Cult Classic Series (every Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.):
On Friday, June 16, and Saturday, June 17, The Loft shows Shaun of the Dead.
Audiences are invited to enjoy the bloody hijinks of Shaun (co-writer Simon Pegg) and his buddy Ed (Nick Frost) in the wake of a zombie invasion in London.
4th Friday Films at MOCA (every fourth Friday of the month at 8 p.m.): This summer, the Loft
and MOCA are teaming up to offer free screenings of films that celebrate the arts and artists. Guests are invited to bring their own picnic foods, or to stop by the food truck Bella Gelato for a refreshing summer treat. Friday, June 23, MOCA will host a free outdoor screening of Frida
on the Cox Plaza.
Social Justice Summer (every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.): This series aims to pair hard-hitting social justice issues with cinema, as audiences are invited to explore important issues through film. Leading community experts will be present after every showing to hold community talkbacks. This Wednesday, June 21, the Global Justice Center will air a free screening of Mala Mala, which delves into the social climate of the trans community in Puerto Rico.
Rolling Reels: Rolling Reels is designed to provide cinematic experiences to underserved and rural communities in Southern Arizona. This month, the series will feature the flick Junior Bonner,
a western classic, on Saturday, June 24 in Dragoon at the Amerind Museum. Admission to this series is free.
Mondo Mondays (every Monday at 8 p.m.): Diving directly into the strange, wonderful and unorthodox realms of mondo movies, this series is sure to deliver a weekly dose of weird. This Monday, June 19, enjoy the cinematic rollercoaster that is Super Fuzz;
behold as a rookie cop (Terence Hill) haphazardly attempts to fight crime with his newfound superpowers.
Rocky Horror Picture Show:
Break away from daily routine and treat yourself to one of The Loft's locally-renowned live showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show
. This Saturday, June 17, at midnight, unleash your wild side and enjoy the show with shadow cast "Heavy Petting."
More details on all of above at loftcinema.org
Cactus Drive-In Theatre
Cactus Drive-In Summer Showings (every Thursday in June at 8 p.m.): Indulge in the iconic drive-in experience at the Tanque Verde Swap Meet this Thursday, June 22. The Cactus Drive-In Theatre Foundation welcomes children of all ages to this week's showing of Moana
Developments under construction include the Sanctuary at Silverhawke and Viewpointe I at Vistoso Trails. There are three other notable developments that are set to begin construction soon, Disney's latest film about an adventurous young woman (Auli'i Cravalho) on a journey to save her people. More info at cactusdriveintheatre.com.
Cinema La Placita
Cinema La Placita Summer Series (every Thursday at 7:30 p.m.): Take a trip downtown and enjoy the Cinema La Placita's continuing outdoor summer film series. Learn to stop worrying and love this week's showing of Dr. Strangelove
on Thursday, June 22. This suspenseful parody examines the comedy of errors that incur when an insane general triggers a path to a nuclear holocaust. In addition to the showing, audiences are invited to enjoy the cash bar and food truck on site. cinemalaplacita.com
The Temple of Music and Arts Film Series
Summer Classic Films at the Temple: The Arizona Theatre Company kicks off another great week of film classics at the Temple of Music and Arts in their summer film series (June 2-Aug. 6). Designed to attract audiences of all ages, this week offers a variety of classic silver screen gems. On 7 p.m. Friday, June 16, watch The Misfits,
a western drama featuring Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe. If you can't make it this Friday then fear not! On 2 p.m. Sunday, June 18 enjoy a showing of Auntie Mame
, a comedy/drama staring Lucille Ball. Finally, at 7 p.m. next Friday, June 23 at 7 p.m., enjoy a screening of Giant
, a drama featuring Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean. arizonatheatre.org
Film Noir Series: At 7:30 this Saturday, June 17, head on down to the Fox Theatre and view the latest flick in their continuing Film Noir Series: Murder My Sweet, s
taring Dick Powell, Mike Mazurki and Claire Trevor, features a brooding detective, a femme fatale and an unsolved mystery. foxtucson.com