It’s not even hump day, but you’re probably sitting in your cubicle, begging for the weekend. To make your longing more intense, here’s something to plan for this weekend to make it a little more literary.
While it’s true that no good deed goes unpunished, it is equally true that no good novel goes un-adapted. As part of their beloved Summer Film Series, the Paramount Theatre are presenting over 80 films, classic in every sense, from cult to comedy. All this week, they are focusing on 1935, the apex of the Golden Age of Hollywood, with movies starring Clark Gable, Boris Karloff, Fred Astaire and more.
Amongst a star-studded cast of movies, Saturday and Sunday the local theater will have a double feature of classic films which are based on classic novels. First is Alice Adams, based on the novel by Booth Tarkington which earned him a Pulitzer Prize. Katharine Hepburn plays the titular lead, a small town girl determined to climb up the social ladder, no matter the embarrassing consequences. Nominated for two Academy Awards, this was in fact the second film adaptation of Tarkington’s romantic novel.
Next, it’s an undeniable classic: George Cukor’s David Copperfield. The revered director and a determined MGM studio took Charles Dickens’ masterpiece and put it on film. Though no feature film could include everything, at just over two hours, this is a five-star adaptation. If you haven’t seen it before, this is your best opportunity, but if you have, rest assured that watching it on the big screen is an indescribable treat.
You can catch both of these films for just one ticket (which you can purchase online ahead of time or at the box office the day of the show) on either Saturday starting at 1:45 pm or Sunday at 6 pm. Tickets range from $5 to $9 depending on how you order. But bring in a few unwanted books to donate to the Austin Public Library, and you can enjoy it all for free. What better way to spend a hot summer weekend than in an air-conditioned theater, taking in the literary glories of Hollywood’s prime time?