Laurelhurst Theater
Laurelhurst Theater and Pub
Special Events
4/18 - 4/24
» Reservoir Dogs
Six criminals, who are strangers to each other, are hired by a crime boss, Joe Cabot, to carry out a diamond robbery. Right at the outset, they are given false names with the intention that they won't get too close and will concentrate on the job instead. They are completely sure that the robbery is going to be a success. But, when the police show up right at the time and the site of the robbery, panic spreads amongst the group members, and one of them is killed in the subsequent shootout, along with a few policemen and civilians. When the remaining people assemble at the premeditated rendezvous point (a warehouse), they begin to suspect that one of them is an undercover cop. Quentin Tarantino directs an all-star cast in this thrilling crime epic. "If you shoot this man, you die next. Repeat. If you shoot this man, you die next." (1992)
Reservoir Dogs

4/25 - 5/1
» Top Gun
DANGER ZONE! Maverick (Tom Cruise) is a hot pilot. When he encounters a pair of MiGs over the Persian Gulf, his wing-man Cougar, is clearly out-flown and freaks. Low on fuel, Maverick is able to talk him back down to the Carrier. Later, Maverick is moved up in the standings and sent to the Top Gun Naval Flying School. There he fights the attitudes of the other pilots and an old story of his father's death in combat that killed others due to his father's error. Maverick struggles to be the best pilot, stepping on the toes of his other students and in a different way to Charlie (Kelly McGillis), a civilian instructor to whom he is strongly attracted. Directed by Tony Scott. "That was some of the best flying I've seen to date - right up to the part where you got killed." (1986)
Top Gun

5/2 - 5/8
» Casablanca
In World War II Casablanca, Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), exiled American and former freedom fighter, runs the most popular nightspot in town. The cynical lone wolf Blaine comes into the possession of two valuable letters of transit. When Nazi Major Strasser arrives in Casablanca, the sycophantic police Captain Renault (Claude Rains) does what he can to please him, including detaining a Czechoslovak underground leader Victor Laszlo. Much to Rick's surprise, Lazslo arrives with Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), Rick's one time love. Rick is very bitter towards Ilsa, who ran out on him in Paris, but when he learns she had good reason to, they plan to run off together again using the letters of transit. Well, that was their original plan.... Directed by Michael Curtiz (of Robin Hood and Mildred Pierce). "Why did you come back? To tell me why you ran out on me at the railway station?" (1942)

5/9 - 5/15
» The Wild One
A gang of forty motorcyclists, the Black Rebels Motorcycle Club, gate-crash a legitimate motorcycle race. They are eventually thrown out, but one of the gang steals the second prize trophy and gives it to their leader, Johnny (Marlon Brando). The gang then ride into Wrightsville, where they race up and down the main street before piling into Bleekers - the local bar. The owner of the bar is happy to let the bikers spend their money, so does not support the sheriff's attempt to address any disturbances. Stuck in town following an accident to a Black Rebel, Johnny falls for the sheriff's daughter and tries to impress her with the trophy. When a rival gang, The Beetles, ride into town, trouble is just around the corner. "Johnny, I've been looking in every ditch from Fresno to here hoping you was dead." (1953)
The Wild One

5/23 - 5/29
» Johnny Guitar
Vienna (Joan Crawford) is a woman with an unknown past who built a saloon outside of town. She's waiting for the railroad, which would pass nearby her bar bringing all sorts of thirsty workers. She has a great enemy, the evil Emma Small (Mercedes McCambridge), who wants Vienna gone. The reason for the dispute is the love for Dancin' Kid (Scott Brady), a handsome man. Enter the simple guitar player Johnny 'Guitar' Logan (Sterling Hayden). The locals aren't aware that Johnny was the former lover of Vienna and a famous gunman. When Dancin' Kid and his partners rob the local bank the spaghetti hits the fan! Directed by Nicholas Ray (of Rebel Without A Cause). "When a fire burns itself out, all you have left is ashes!" (1954)
Johnny Guitar

5/30 - 6/5
» Shane
Often mentioned as one of the greatest westerns ever, it is easy to see why. This film stands as a masterpiece of the art, even more so since it was filmed so long ago. It starts with a great story, the story of Shane (Alan Ladd in a buckskin shirt), a quiet gunslinger who is trying to escape his past and befriends a pioneer family who have settled out west. He attempts to settle down and become a hired hand to Joe Starrett (Van Heflin) and his wife Marian (Jean Arthur), but the ranchers who need to drive cattle through the homesteader's property are attempting to drive them out. Shane tries to stay out of the disputes, but keeps being drawn in and is finally compelled to put his six shooter back on when the ranchers hire Jack Wilson (Jack Palance) a noted gunfighter to intimidate the farmers. "A gun is a tool, Marian; no better or no worse than any other tool: an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that." (1953)

6/6 - 6/12
» The Comancheros
Texas Ranger Captain Jake Cutter (John Wayne) arrests gambler Paul Regret, but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants and thieves known as The Comancheros. It's a thrilling movie that stands the test of time... exciting, action-packed, chock-full of engaging characters, coupled with a lively soundtrack. It all comes together to make this a real treat. Co-directed by John Wayne and Michael Curtiz (of Casablanca and Robin Hood) and based on the novel by Paul Wellman. "I'll bet he was a man to stand aside from when he was young and limber." (1961)
The Comancheros

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