The series, which runs Sundays from June 20-July 25, includes five family films presented by The Clayton Center and the Ava Gardner Museum of Smithfield. The theme of the inaugural Summer 2010 series is Kids Courageous. Five Films Featuring Fearless Kids.
Kathleen Thurston-Lighty, co-founder and organizer of the film series, said, "Superheroes like Batman and Superman are fun for kids to watch, but in these five films, children are the heroes, showing that sometimes it takes a kid to save the day."
The series begins on Sunday, June 20, at 3 p.m., with a screening of the 1982 Steven Spielberg fantasy adventure ET: The Extra-Terrestrial (PG). The popular film is the story of Elliott, a lonely boy who befriends a friendly extraterrestrial, dubbed "E.T.", who is stranded on Earth. Elliott and his siblings find a way to help ET return home while keeping the alien hidden from their mother and the government.
On June 27 the series presents Bend It Like Beckham (PG13), the 2002 comedy about bending the rules to reach your goal. Bend It Like Beckham explores the world of women's soccer and tells the timeless story of a young person whose dream conflicts with the expectations of her family and her community.
Cinema at The Center continues on July 11 with a showing of the 2001 Academy Award winner for Best Animated Film Spirited Away (PG). This fantasy adventure is the tale of 10 year-old Chihiro who finds both friendship and inner strength in a battle to save her family from the gods and monsters she encounters in the mystical Land of Spirits.
Whale Rider (PG13) is the fourth film featured in the series on July 18. Set on the east coast of New Zealand, Whale Rider is a contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.
The film series closes on July 25 with The Incredibles (PG). This 2004 animated action adventure film follows a family of undercover superheroes who, while trying to live a quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.
Jessica Meadows Hammett, director of the Ava Gardner Museum, said, "These films were chosen because of their universal appeal – children and adults alike will enjoy these ageless classics”
All films begin at 3 p.m. in the 600-seat renovated historic auditorium of The Clayton Center, located in downtown Clayton about 15 miles east of Raleigh.
Tickets to individual films are $2.50 each (includes $1.00 service fee). Season passes, which include admission to all five films for just $10 per person, also are available.
The new film series is made possible by support from Capital Bank and Parrish, Pulleyn & Young Wealth Management.
Tickets are available through The Clayton Center Box Office located at 111 E. Second Street or by phone at 919-553-1737.