Atlanta’s 100-Year-Old Rialto to host Inaugural Be Downtown Film Festival, July 22-23

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Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts, the Atlanta Film Society and Central Atlanta Progress are pleased to announce the first ever Be Downtown Film Festival on July 22 and 23, 2016.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Rialto opening as a movie theater in 1916. Built as the largest cinema in the Southeastern United States, the Rialto closed its doors to the public in 1989 before being acquired by Georgia State University years later. In addition to the centennial anniversary, the Rialto is also celebrating 20 years as GSU’s signature Center for the Arts as well as the Atlanta Film Society celebrating 40 years since its founding in 1976. The Be Downtown Film Festival will pay homage to the Rialto’s roots with a two-day festival celebrating films from the 1960s, 1970s and 1990s.

The festival kicks off with a #FlashbackFriday on July 22, showcasing two 35mm presentations of movies that once screened at the Rialto during their original releases. Gordon Park’s classic “Shaft” screens at 7:30 PM, followed by Robert Clouse’s “Enter the Dragon,” starring Bruce Lee at 10:00 PM.

On Saturday, July 23, the program begins with a sing-along presentation of Walt Disney’s “Aladdin.” A 35mm 20th anniversary screening of “Space Jam” follows at 3:00 PM. Celebrating a 50th anniversary, the original widescreen director’s cut of Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Western epic “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” screens at 5:30 PM. Closing out the festival, a rare 35mm print of George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” will show at 10:00 PM. Pre-show festivities begin at 8:30 PM on Forsyth Street (a block featured in Season 1 of “The Walking Dead”), with professional makeup artists and photo-ops. A special event will take place on Poplar Street following the film, wrapping up the festival.

Tickets for each film are $9 for adults, $5 for children and are on sale now. Get tickets online at the Rialto Box Office or by calling (404) 413-9849.

Friday – July 22

7:30 PM
 Shaft
directed by Gordon Parks 
Rare 35mm Print. Starring Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cijoffi.
10:00 PM
 Enter the Dragon
directed by Robert Clouse
In Wide-Screen Cinemascope. Starring Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly.

Saturday – July 23

12:30 PM
 – Walt Disney’s ALADDIN

directed by Ron Clements and John Musker
Audience Sing-along. Starring Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin.
3:00 PM
 – SPACE JAM
directed by Joe Pytka
20th anniversary. In 35mm. Starring Michael Jordan, Bugs Bunny, Wayne Knight.
5:30 PM
 – THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
directed by Sergio Leone
50th anniversary. Original Widescreen Director’s Cut, Remastered 5.1 Surround Stereo. Starring Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef.
10:00 PMNIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
directed by George A. Romero
Extremely rare original 35mm print at Widescreen 1.66:1. Starring Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman.
For tickets and more information, visit www.atlantafilmsociety.org/bedowntown
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