Penn State Altoona Downtown Movies
75th Anniversary

Penn State Altoona Film Series

In recognition of Penn State Altoona’s 75th anniversary, the college is pleased to announce its 2013-2014 Downtown Movies Film Series. As a special commemorative aspect, the eighteen films for this season reflect seventy-five years of American cinema. Featuring two films from each decade of the college’s operation, the series will be a cinematic and historical journey not to be missed.


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All films will be shown on Sundays at 6:00 p.m. in the theater of Penn State Altoona's Devorris Downtown Center unless otherwise noted. Please check each individual film listing to confirm times and locations.

Films are free and open to the public. Free popcorn and soda!


Fall 2014

The Wizard of Oz

August 31
The Wizard of Oz (1939)

1939 | Fantasy | Rated G | 102 minutes
A Kansas girl finds herself in a mysterious land. Wear green to win the book.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

September 14
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

1939 | Drama | Rated G | 129 minutes
The classic political underdog film. Bring a box of cereal to win the DVD.

The Major and the Minor

September 28
The Major and the Minor

1942 | Comedy | Rated G | 100 minutes
A woman poses as a girl to save on fare but becomes trapped at a military school.

Yankee Doodle Dandy

October 5
Yankee Doodle Dandy

1942 | Musical | Rated G | 126 minutes
The colorful life of musician George M. Cohan. Wear red, white, and blue to win the DVD.

Trouble Along the Way

October 12
Trouble Along the Way

1953 | Football | Rated PG | 110 minutes
Coach John Wayne struggles with his college team. Wear sports apparel to win a PSU prize.

House of Wax

October 26
House of Wax

1953 | Horror | Rated PG | 88 minutes
A wax museum owner has villainous plans in store! Wear a costume to win the DVD.

The Great Escape

November 9
The Great Escape

1963 | Action | Rated PG | 172 minutes
POWs try to evade their captors. Bring a photo of a loved one in uniform to win the book.

In the Heat of the Night

November 16
In the Heat of the Night

1967 | Drama | Rated PG | 109 minutes
A bigoted white sheriff and a black detective join forces. Bring a can of food to win the DVD.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

November 30
Close Encounters of the Third Kind

1977 | Sci-Fi | Rated PG | 137 minutes
A man is drawn to an impending UFO arrival. Bring a box of instant potatoes to win the DVD.

The Sting

December 14
The Sting

1973 | Crime | Rated PG | 129 minutes
Two con men try to pull their greatest heist. Bring a deck of cards to win the soundtrack.


Spring 2015

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

January 18
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

1988 | Fantasy | Rated PG | 104 minutes
A bitter detective helps a cartoon rabbit on the run. Bring a magnifying glass to win the DVD.

The Color Purple

February 22
The Color Purple

1985 | Drama | Rated PG-13 | 154 minutes
The life and trials of a young African American woman. Wear purple to win the classic book.

Sneakers

March 15
Sneakers

1992 | Suspense | Rated PG-13 | 126 minutes
Computer hackers discover the ultimate government secret. Wear sneakers to win the DVD.

Pleasantville

March 22
Pleasantville

1998 | Comedy | Rated PG-13 | 124 minutes
Two modern teens are transported to a 1950s sitcom. Bring a TV remote to win the DVD.

3:10 to Yuma

April 12
3:10 to Yuma

2007 | Western | Rated R | 122 minutes
A poor rancher escorts a condemned outlaw to prison. Wear a watch to win the book.

The Majestic

April 19
The Majestic

2001 | Drama | Rated PG | 152 minutes
An amnesic Hollywood screenwriter is mistaken for a hero. Win TCM Classic Movies Trivia.

Secretariat

April 26
Secretariat

2010 | Sports | Rated PG | 123 minutes
The story of the famous race horse and the Triple Crown. Bring a coin to win the DVD.

The Monuments Men

May 3
The Monuments Men

2014 | War | Rated PG-13 | 118 minutes
Art experts try to save priceless treasures from the Nazis. Bring a copy of your favorite work of art to win the book. Coincides with the Baker Mansion WWII Weekend.


Movie posters and stills are copyright of their respective studios. All films are obtained legally through our distributor, Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.