Escape the Heat with These Summer Blockbusters!

Summer movies: Because two hours at the cinema sounds more fun than heatstroke.


Cult Classics Series (every Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.): On Friday, June 30, and Saturday, July  1, The Loft will show cult classic Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. This film partners two of Hollywood's iconic stars—Joan Crawford and Bette Davis—to create a timelessly comedic psychological thriller. Two sisters, both victims of stardom, enter a no-holds-barred feud that makes no promise of a happy ending.

Social Justice Summer (every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.): This series aims to pair hard-hitting social justice issues with cinema. Audiences are invited to explore important social issues through film, with community experts present after every film to hold community talkbacks. This Wednesday, July 5, the Global Justice Center, in conjunction with The Loft, will air a free showing of Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation. This documentary follows the trials and tribulations of the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team, as well as, the political and cultural significance of lacrosse in the Iroquois Nation.

Mondo Mondays (every Monday at 8 p.m.): Diving directly into the strange and unorthodox realms of Mondo movies, this series is sure to deliver your doctor-prescribed dose of weird. This Monday, July 3, The Loft will air Sleepaway Camp, a classic 80s slasher flick. Follow Angela (Felissa Rose), as she navigates the horrors of summer camp—will it be camp as usual, or is there horror afoot?

Outdoor Movie Party! (June 29 through  uly 8, every day at 7:30 p.m.): Though Tucson days simmer on, the nights offer cool reprieve from the intense heat. Join The Loft in their Outdoor Movie Party! screenings, where audiences are invited to enjoy numerous films. This week, on Saturday, July 1, the Loft kicks off their Outdoor Movie with the Cat Video Fest. This purr-fectly hilarious lineup of cat videos is this first in a two-part series (part two takes place Saturday, July 8) benefitting local cat shelters in Tucson! Celebrate the wonderful, kooky world of viral kitty videos, while also benefitting your favorite local shelters. On Sunday, July 2, enjoy Cry-Baby, a kitschy spoof on the 50s "teens-gone-wild" genre. On Monday, July 3, get down with the rock 'n' roll classic Monterey Pop. On Tuesday, July 4, spend your holiday enjoying the ultimate fright flick Jaws. On Wednesday, July 5, celebrate the late Jonathan Demme, in the rock concert classic Stop Making Sense. Finally, on Thursday, July 6, throwback to counterculture satire and rock musical Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.


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. On Thursday, July 6, check out a showing of the thriller classicJaws. Follow along as Amity Island's police chief attempts to hunt down a bloodthirsty great white shark in this fin-tastic summer blockbuster! In addition to the showing, audiences are invited to enjoy the cash bar and food truck on site.


Classic Film Series: This Saturday, July 1, check out Singin' in the Rain at the Fox Theatre, as part of their continuing classic films series. This iconic musical is toe-tappin' fun for the whole family! The legendary musical includes such greats as Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor.