During the summer, the The Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts, partnering with Newport Beach Film Festival, hosts a free series of classic and contemporary films, screened under the stars in the Center’s Community Plaza and beautifully projected onto the Center’s own Segerstrom Hall. In addition to each screening’s feature presentation, a selection of the best short animated films from this year’s Festival will be shown, and contests ranging from dance competitions to film trivia quizzes will take place with prizes to be awarded. Highly anticipated and loyally attended, Movie Mondays provides a unique and memorable movie-watching experience in a gorgeous venue for the entire family.
Guests are encouraged to bring beach chairs or other easily portable seating items. Set-up begins at 5:30 p.m. with the movie starting at dusk (approximately 8 p.m.). Guests may bring their own snacks and picnic suppers. Patina Catering will have assorted snacks and beverages available for purchase. Barbecues and similar food preparation will not be permitted.
Movie Mondays Lineup:
An American in Paris – SCREENED July 16
From the Golden Age of MGM musicals comes one of the greatest and most celebrated movies of all time. The winner of six Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, this timeless musical follows three friends played by Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron and Oscar Levant as they struggle to find work and love in Paris. Directed by Vincente Minelli, the movie is filled with wonderful dancing choreographed by Kelly and classic music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin including “I Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It” and “Our Love is Here to Stay.”
Rated G, 1951, 1 hour and 53 minutes
Contest: Vrai ou Faux? For our movie-themed contest this week, we will be doing a trivia contest for An American in Paris, but with a decidedly French twist to it!
Nothing to prepare and no need to practice, so just come for the fun, the film, and the great prizes, including OC Fair tickets, gift certificates from Quattro Caffé and sweet treats from the Corner Bakery.
The Nightmare Before Christmas – SCREENED July 23
From the creative genius of Tim Burton comes this quirky and imaginative animated feature. Jack Skellington, Pumpkin King and ruler of Halloween Town, is tired of doing the same holiday routine every year, so he decides to hijack another holiday and give it his very own special twist, with disastrous – and hilarious – results. With fantastic stop motion animation, and songs written by Danny Elfman, Nightmare is a dazzling mix of fun and fright – that is perfect no matter the Season!
Rated PG, 1993, 1 hour and 16 minutes
Yentl – SCREENED July 30
Based on a story by Isaac Bashevis Singer, Yentl takes us on the odyssey of a Jewish girl in Poland who decides to disguise herself as a man so she can become a student at a religious school. Things get complicated when Yentl gets involved in the lives of fellow student (Mandy Patinkin) and his fiancée (Amy Irving). Co-written, directed by and starring the one-and-only Barbra Streisand, the film’s musical Oscar-winning score and beautiful songs, composed by Michel Legrand, include “Papa, Can You Hear Me?” and “The Way He Makes Me Feel.”
Rated PG, 1983, 2 hours and 12 minutes
The Music Man – SCREENED August 6
In this delightful slice of Americana, Tony winner Robert Preston recreates his role as a travelling con man who sets out to fleece a small town community, but ends up finding love instead, all while enriching the town with a love of music! With one iconic song after another in Meredith Wilson’s infectious score, and the talents of Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, and Ron Howard on full display, it is easy to see why The Music Man won our Fan Favorite Audience Poll!
Rated G, 1962, 2 hours and 31 minutes