Friday movie matinees will be shown June 3 to 24 at 1 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., including a classic western, retellings of two other classic films and the 2022 Academy Award winner for Best Picture.
Seating will be limited and registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Each member of the Pasadena Senior Center may reserve one additional seat for a nonmember guest.
"Red River" (1948, NR) starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift – Friday, June 3, at 1 p.m. Considered the second greatest Western of all time by the American Film Institute, the movie is a partly fictionalized account of the first cattle drive from Texas to Kansas along the Chisholm Trail. Produced and directed by the legendary Howard Hawks, the film was nominated for two Academy Awards. A bit of trivia: This was the last movie shown in the 1971 film "The Last Picture Show."
"Mulan" (2020, PG-13) starring Liu Yifei and Donnie Yen – Friday, June 10, at 1 p.m. In this live action version of the animated Disney classic, a fearless teenage girl disguises herself as a male warrior to take the place of her ailing father so he won't have to go to war in China's Imperial Army. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards. A little trivia: Mulan is the central character in an old Chinese folk tale of the Northern Wei dynasty (386 to 584 AD).
"West Side Story" (2021, PG-13) starring Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler – Friday, June 17, at 1 p.m. Stephen Spielberg's adaptation of the 1957 classic explores forbidden love and the rivalry between two teenage street gangs in New York City with the same music of the original film composed by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The film received three Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress. A little trivia: Stephen Sondheim never got to see the world premiere because he passed away just three days before.
"CODA" (2021, PG-13) starring Emilia Jones and Marlee Matlin – Friday, June 24, at 1 p.m. As a CODA (child of deaf adults), Ruby is the only hearing person in her family, so when the family's commercial fishing business is in danger of failing, she finds herself torn between attending a prestigious music school and her guilt about abandoning her loved ones for whom she has always been the interpreter. The film received Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. A little trivia: To prepare for her role, Emilia Jones spent nine months learning American Sign Language, how to operate a fishing trawler and taking singing lessons.
To register for any or all of the movies or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Activities & Events, then Friday Movie Matinee or call 626-795-4331.
In addition to onsite as well as online activities, members and nonmembers are encouraged to visit the website regularly a monthly magazine, ongoing activities throughout the year, COVID updates for older adults and other timely information.
The Pasadena Senior Center is an independent, donor-supported nonprofit organization that has served older adults for more than 60 years. During the pandemic, doors are open Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for social services and certain events and activities, as well as limited occupancy in the library, fitness center and computer lab. Rooms are sanitized after each use.
In accordance with updated Pasadena Public Health Department guidelines, proof of COVID vaccination is required for everyone who uses the fitness center or attends onsite activities indoors. Masks are optional.