Cinema Tuesdays

“I sincerely believe that to see good films, and to see important films, is one of the most profoundly civilizing experiences that we can have as people.” -- Roger Ebert

Now in our 14th year of presenting films on the big screen, there are more choices than ever when it comes to when, where, and how to see a movie. From phones and laptops to 60-inch widescreen televisions, movies are everywhere.

And yet the Cinema Tuesdays series has been successful.

We think it’s because the communal 

experience of seeing a great movie together, in a darkened theater, on a BIG screen, is still the best way to experience a movie. Join us this summer for the 2014 Cinema Tuesdays series!

Screenings take place at the Santikos Bijou, located in the Wonderland of the Americas (4522 Fredericksburg Rd.), on Tuesday nights from May 27 - July 29. Showtime is 7:30 each week, with the exception of the July 22nd screenings, which will be at 6:45 p.m. and 8:45 p.m..  The box office opens one hour before show time. Some screenings can sell out. Please arrive early to ensure optimal seating choice.

Suggested donations of $10 for members and $15 for non-members will get you in for these one-time only showings!   

To reserve seats for an individual show, follow the links on the schedule below.

You can also call 614-8977, or 1-800-622-8977, during regular business hours, to make advance reservations.  All proceeds from the Cinema Tuesdays series benefit Texas Public Radio. Advance reservations close at noon the day of the show, so don't wait!



July 15 - Network


Credit MGM

Howard Beale, the Mad Prophet of the Airwaves, is mad as hell, and he's not going to take this anymore!

In 1976, "Network" was satire. Now, Paddy Chayefsky's script seems eerily prescient in a world full of reality shows, infotainment, and opinionated "news" on television, willing to do anything for another ratings point. Under director Sidney Lumet's sure hand, "Network" won four Oscars, one for Chayefsky, and three for its actors, Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway, and Beatrice Straight, whose five-minute scene is still the record for a shortest Oscar-winning performance on screen. 121 minutes, Rated R.

Read Roger Ebert's Great Movies essay on "Network."

Here's Matt Zoller's Seitz's appreciation of Sidney Lumet, written in 2011.

Make a reservation for "Network"





July 22 - The Thin Man


Credit WHV Home Entertainment

No one solved crimes with as much wit, or as many martinis, as Nick and Nora Charles. Together, with their cute terrier Asta, the couple bantered their way through six mysteries, beginning with this original, "The Thin Man," celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. 93 minutes, Not Rated.

Because we're showing the film from an archive 35mm print, we'll be in the "small house" at the Bijou, and so there will be two screenings of the movie to accommodate a crowd. Reservations at the links below:

-- The Thin Man 6:45 screening
-- The Thin Man 8:45 screening

Read Roger Ebert's Great Movies essay about "The Thin Man."


July 29 - E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

Is there anything that hasn't already been said about Steven Spielberg's "E.T."? This magical fantasy about a young boy who befriends an otherworldly visitor is "bathed in warmth," as Pauline Kael once said, and "seems to clear all the bad thoughts out of your head." 115 minutes, Rated PG.

Read Roger Ebert's Great Movies essay about "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial."

Make a reservation for "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial."


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