The City of Rancho Mirage, in partnership with Desert Recreation District, presents the inaugural Cinema Under the Stars series.
Some of Hollywood’s classic films will be presented at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater on five consecutive Saturday evenings this spring. Movies are free to the public and begin at sunset. They include:
April 14 – Casablanca
This 1942 film is one of the most popular ever made. Set against the backdrop of the wartime conflict between democracy and totalitarianism, nightclub owner Rick (Humphrey Bogart) discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) in this romantic melodramatic love triangle.
April 21 – Citizen Kane
This is producer, co-screenwriter, director and star Orson Welles’ first feature film and it’s considered by many critics to be the greatest film of all time. Based on the life of William Randolph Hearst, the movie examines the life American newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane and aims to uncover the mystery behind his dying word, “Rosebud.”
April 28 – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Appearing in one of the most famous little black dresses, Audrey Hepburn stars as Holly Golightly in Blake Edward’s 1961 American romantic comedy. Based on Truman Capote’s novel, a struggling young writer becomes intrigued with his quirky neighbor who works as an expensive escort in New York City.
May 5 – Singing in the Rain
Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor star in one of the greatest and most successful musicals ever made. This 1952 film spoofs Hollywood’s troublesome transition from silent pictures to “talkies.”
May 12 – The Wizard of Oz
Nearly 80 years after it was made, this 1939 film is still a wonder to see on the big screen. It’s the tale of Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) who is swept away by a tornado from her family’s farm in Kansas to the magical land of Oz. In her quest to return home, she encounters friends that help her along the way.
Make it dinner and a movie during Cinema Under the Stars series
Before heading to Rancho Mirage Amphitheater, make a night of it and enjoy a meal at one of dozens of local restaurants. Better yet, get something to go and bring it along. Filmgoers are welcome to bring food and drink (including adult beverages) to this new outdoor cinematic experience. So go grab a few burgers, barbeque or even poke bowls and enjoy a picnic during these classic pictures.