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Egyptian Theatre to host ‘Best Picture’ series

January 13, 2014

Movie poster for “An American in Paris”DeKalb’s Egyptian Theatre is partnering with NIU to bring the community a film series featuring “Best Picture” films through the decades.

The series begins Tuesday, Jan. 14, with 1930’s “All Quiet on the Western Front.”

Starting when the theater opened in 1929, Academy Award-winning Best Picture films were chosen from each decade to create this film series.

The Egyptian Theatre and NIU partnered together in the spring of 2013 to present the AFI Top 10 film series with great success.

This spring’s film series will run every week leading up to the Academy Awards ceremony, which will air live at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 2, on ABC.

All screenings take place at the Egyptian, located at 135 N. Second St. in downtown DeKalb. In addition to the film showings, NIU faculty will lead post-film discussions with those in attendance.


Tuesday, Jan. 14 – All Quiet on the Western Front
7 p.m.
Post-film discussion featuring Scott Balcerzak, assistant professor of film and literature, and Robert T. Self, Professor Emeritus of film and literature

Tuesday, Jan. 21 – It Happened One Night
7 p.m.
Post-film discussion featuring Timothy Ryan, associate professor of American literature, and Lois Self, Professor Emeritus of communication

Tuesday, Jan. 28 – Casablanca
7 p.m.
Post-film discussion featuring Jeffrey Chown, professor of communication, and Robert T. Self

“Casablanca” movie posterTuesday, Feb. 4 – An American in Paris
7 p.m.
Post-film discussion featuring Randy Caspersen, assistant professor of media studies, and Paula Frasz, professor of dance

Saturday, Feb. 8 – The Sound of Music
1 and 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 11 – Annie Hall
7 p.m.
Post-film discussion featuring Balcerzak and Chown

Tuesday, Feb. 18 – Amadeus
7 p.m.
Introduction by Brian Hart, professor of music history and literature

Tuesday, Feb. 25 – Shakespeare in Love
7 p.m.
Post-film discussion featuring Lara Crowley, assistant professor of Renaissance English literature, and Robert Schneider, head of theatre history and criticism

Ticket prices for the films are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. A discounted ticket package is also available for admission to all eight films with pricing at $42 for adults and $30 for students and seniors. All tickets are available through the Egyptian Theatre Box Office in advance online, in person, or over the phone. Tickets will also be available when doors open 30 minutes prior to each film.

The Film Series sponsors include State Farm agent Brian Scholle, the NIU Department of English, the NIU Department of Communication, the NIU Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the NIU Honors Program.

Become a Friend of the Egyptian and receive free movie tickets, discounts on concessions, advance ticket purchasing for select shows and 10 percent off at participating downtown DeKalb restaurants.

For more information, call (815) 758-1215 or email [email protected].