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Swimming in Summer Cinema

So many series, so little time

By Monica Riese, 12:00PM, Sat. Jun. 8, 2013

Karate Kid (1984)
Karate Kid (1984)

We here at the Chronicle were having a hard time keeping all the summer movie series straight in our heads, and we do this for a living, so we can't imagine how you're managing. On the off chance it helps, here's the rundown of the ones we know about, along with some of their basic information.

Paramount Summer Classic Film Series

The big kahuna, the Paramount series features 125 movies, including many in 35mm, most nights from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Cinema East

This indie-centric series kicks off this weekend with Cutie and the Boxer and shows every other Sunday at the French Legation Museum.

Alamo's Summer of 1983

The month of June is unbeatable, with Octopussy, WarGames, Jaws, and more celebrating their 20th anniversary with the Drafthouse.

Top Notch Summertime Movie Nights

Every Friday night from June through August, snag a burger, fries, and a couple friends to catch some favorites at the famous burger joint.

Sound & Cinema

Need some tunes before you settle in with a movie? This Drafthouse/do512 partnership pairs local bands with film favorites on the Long Center lawn roughly every other Wednesday.

Pesadillas Calidas

For the Mexican horror film fans in all of us, Pesadillas Calidas (Spanish for "warm nightmares") brings some macabre favorites from south of the border to the Austin School of Film every other Saturday.

I Luv Spider Juice Video Nights

Campus-area neighbors I Luv Video, Spider House, and JuiceLand have teamed up to screen old favorites – Alice, Independence Day, Do the Right Thing, and more – at Spider House every Wednesday from June 19 to July 31. Try the eponymous cocktail for $5.

101X Summer Cinema

This perennial favorite runs very other Wednesday from June 12 to Aug. 7 at Central Market and includes such essential summer picks as the original Karate Kid, The Fifth Element, and Can't Hardly Wait.

AFS Summer Free for All

Get a peek at the Marchesa Hall & Theatre while the Austin Film Society works to spruce up the old gal. This series runs Fridays and Sundays through June 23.

Movies in the Park

The Austin Parks Foundation teamed up with the Drafthouse to screen summer faves from Scott Pilgrim to Rocky on select Thursdays. Unlike most of the other series, this one stretches into the fall, so you can keep the tradition going with friends long after school is back in session.

Deep Eddy Movie Nights

Can't decide between going for a swim or watching a movie? Do both every Saturday July 6-Aug. 3 with this family-friendly option.

Cine de Oro

The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center hosts three films from the golden era of Mexican cinema on the last Tuesday of each month, June through August.

HOT Film Screenings at Austin Public Library

Who said libraries are just for books? APL is hosting 19 different screenings throughout the month of July, including a broad range of films at a variety of branches and times, so there's no excuse for missing out on this free option.

Return of the Revenge of the Son of the Bad Film Festival

Ever fall in love with a movie for being so bad it's good? The folks at the library know exactly what you're going through, and they're sharing their favorites each Monday and Wednesday, July 22-Aug. 5.

Kids' Series

Won't somebody think of the children?! Apparently, yes. Every Alamo Drafthouse except the Ritz, three Cinemarks, two Regals, Moviehouse, the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, and the Paramount have programming for the smaller set. Keep an eye on our Special Screenings section for complete details.


Did we miss one? Let us know at filmflam@austinchronicle.com; we want this to be complete. And check out the rest of our Summer Fun Guide over here.

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