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Movies at Main Street Landing

Movies at Main Street Landing

Main Street Landing’s weekly movie series brings great classic cinema to the Burlington area. It is a free event open to the public on a first come first served basis. We accept donations at the door to benefit a local non-profit. Movies at Main Street Landing offers the non-profit organization the platform to raise money, to receive advertising exposure, and to promote their cause.  Movies at Main Street Landing culturally enriches the Burlington community with free classic films presented weekly on our big 25 foot movie screen, with Dolby surround sound. Every Tuesday Night at 7 p.m. at the Main Street Landing Film House, Third Floor of the Lake and College Building, at Sixty Lake Street, in Burlington, Vermont. More info? Call Mariah Riggs, Director of the Performing Arts Center, 802-540-3018,or


Movies at Main Street Landing


1/7- Hairspray (1988)

22 sq ft 22 gross/month

I have always been a major John Waters fan. When Hairspray came out in 1988, it was the biggest production Waters had been involved with up to that point, and his first PG-rated movie. In a way, it’s Waters’ version of Barry Levinson’s Diner: a personal memoir of growing up in Baltimore in the late 1950s and early 1960s. While it’s corny by design, Hairspray also aims to get at something truthful, about the various kinds of prejudice weighing down the city circa 1963, and how youthful optimism and music made a difference, if only in the lives of those kids craving some kind of diverse, progressive community.

Divine (the legand-born Harris Glenn Milstead) plays Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, and it’s a testament to how memorable he is in the role that when Waters later allowed the movie to be adapted into a Broadway musical (which itself was later adapted into a movie), Edna was again played by a man in a dress, and continues to be in most productions. Hairspray is really the story of chubby high-schooler Tracy Turnblad, played by then-newcomer Ricki Lake. Tracy makes it onto the televised teen dance program The Corny Collins Show, and she challenges the rich kids’ notions of physical beauty, while simultaneously advocating for integration. But it’s Divine’s Edna, huge and plain, who provides some continuity with the John Waters of old, without throwing Hairspray’s overall mainstream quality out of whack.


1/14- The Godfather (1972)

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This iconic film masterwork about a New York mafia family’s rise to power in the years following World War II stars Marlon Brando as the family’s patriarch, Don Corleone, and features career-making performances by Al Pacino, James Caan and Robert Duvall. Based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel, this searing and brilliant film garnered seven Academy Award nominations and won three, including Best Picture of 1972.

Top Hat

1/21- Top Hat (1935)

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With over $3 million in grosses, “Top Hat” was RKO’s biggest moneymaker of the decade. The fourth pairing of Astaire and Rogers and the first with a script written specifically for them, “Top Hat” is a quintessential musical, with its rather silly plot, romance, dapper outfits, art deco sets, and wonderful songs and dance numbers.  Set in London (i.e. Hollywood’s mythical Astaire and Rogers land), the movie’s tale of mistaken identity concerns American song-and-dance man Jerry Travers, who becomes enamored of Dale Tremont. The problems arise, however, when Dale comes to believe that Jerry is the husband (whom she’s never met) of her good friend Madge (Broderick) and rebuff his advances.


1/28- Almost Famous (2000)

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Music, inarguably, is the hero, the emotional engine in Almost Famous, the Cameron Crowe-written, -directed (and -lived, as the story is autobiographicalish) film set in early 1970’s San Diego. (Don’t deny you got goose bumps, in spite of yourself, during the Tiny Dancer sing-along-on-the-tour-bus scene. Maybe you teared up during the Tangerine-soaked happy ending?) Rolling Stone magazine, too, is a touchstone in Crowe’s story—feared, loathed, and coveted. A thing to beware of, as told by the always striking Philip Seymour Hoffman, playing Lester Bangs, the rock critic, Creem editor, and mentor to the movie’s young protagonist and aspiring rock journalist, William Miller. “Don’t let those swill merchants rewrite you,” Bangs warns fifteen-year-old William, who has been handed an assignment by Rolling Stone to go on the road with the up-and-coming rock band, Stillwater and in this movie we get to make the trip with all of them.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

To benefit: The Vermont Dance Allience

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We are a passionate community of dance lovers, working to enrich the ecosystem of dance here in Vermont.