Nickelodeon’s farewell movie nights

As Nick gets set for new home, it’s screening 33 of its favorites

otaylor@thestate.comAugust 9, 2012 

Do you have a favorite among the 33 'farewell' films? Take our survey at the bottom of the page

How do you say goodbye to a movie theater? By showing movies, of course.

To celebrate moving into its new Main Street home, and the closing of its former space, Nickelodeon Theatre will screen 33 films, one from each of the theater’s first 33 years. The 33-film program, organized by the Nick staff, begins Friday with 1979’s “Sunset Boulevard.” “The Artist,” a 2011 film that won three Oscars in February, including best picture, is No. 33. “The Artist,” first screened at the Nick in January, was one of the theater’s most popular films.

After “The Artist” on Aug. 26, the Nick will host a party because, really, you can’t say a truly artistic farewell these days without a party. The Nick is at 937 Main St. At least through Aug. 26.

The movies resume when the new theater officially opens at 1607 Main St. on Aug. 31.

We asked Andy Smith, the Nick’s executive director, a few questions about the slate of films and about the record-breaking run of “Moonrise Kingdom,” the Wes Anderson film that forced the theater to shuffle programming last month because it was so well attended.


How many of the 33 films have you seen? I’ve seen 27 of them.

What are your favorites? I would say I am a big fan of “Weekend.” I’m also a big fan of “8 Women.” And then I also really like “Touch of Evil.”

Are any of those favorites on your all-time favorites list? Yeah, I’d say so.

Can you quote any lines from the 33 films? Yeah, of course. “Casablanca” has tons of them. “Annie Hall” has lots of great lines in it. “Heathers” has so much stuff.

Is “Casablanca” really great film or it just all hype? Yeah, “Casablanca” is the sort of the height of classic Hollywood narrative film. It’s really great.

Doesn’t “Moonrise Kingdom” kind of count as one of the best films ever screened at the Nick? We talked about it, but we have been showing it for a few weeks. We made this list before “Moonrise.”

How many weeks has it run? “Moonrise” has run for five weeks. When we booked it, we sort of anticipated it running four weeks. So it just messed up one week, which is a really great problem to have.

What records did it set? Over 5,000 people have come. I think the busiest month we’d ever had was in January (with 3,400 for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “The Artist”).

Which is the better Wes Anderson film: “Bottle Rocket” or “Moonrise Kingdom”? I personally like “Bottle Rocket” more. I think “Moonrise Kingdom” embodies more of what we expect from Wes Anderson. “Moonrise Kingdom” looks more like a Wes Anderson film than “Bottle Rocket.”


Here’s a listing of the 33 films with showtimes (and the years they were shown at the Nick). For tickets or more information, visit www.nickelodeon.org.

“Sunset Boulevard,” 1979, 5:30 p.m. Friday

“Casablanca,” 1980, 8 p.m. Friday

“The Seventh Seal,” 1981, 5:30 p.m. Saturday

“Annie Hall,” 1982, 8 p.m. Saturday

“Breaking Away,” 1983, 3 p.m. Aug. 12

“Rashomon,” 1984, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12

“Weekend,” 1985, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 13

“The Meaning of Life,” 1986, 8 p.m. Aug. 13

“Rear Window,” 1987, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14

“Touch of Evil,” 1988, 8 p.m. Aug. 14

“Heathers,” 1989, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 15

“Do the Right Thing,” 1990, 8 p.m. Aug. 15

“Cinema Paradiso,” 1991, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 16

“Slacker,” 1992, 9 p.m. Aug. 16

“Like Water for Chocolate,” 1993, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 17

“Orlando,” 1994, 8 p.m. Aug. 17

“Three Colors (Blue/White/Red),” 1995, 3 p.m. (“Blue”), 5:30 p.m. (“Red”) and 8 p.m. (“White”) Aug. 18

“Bottle Rocket,” 1996, 3 p.m. Aug. 19:

“Waiting for Guffman,” 1997, 5 p.m. Aug. 19

“Smoke Signals,” 1998, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 20

“Buena Vista Social Club,” 1999, 8 p.m. Aug. 20

“Timecode,” 2000, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 21

“Yana’s Friends,” 2001, 8 p.m. Aug. 21

“8 Women,” 2002, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 22

“Bowling for Columbine,” 2003, 8 p.m. Aug. 22

“Lost in Translation,” 2004, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 23

“Junebug,” 2005, 8 p.m. Aug. 23

“The Squid and the Whale,” 2006, 6 p.m. Aug. 24

“Volver,” 2007, 8 p.m. Aug. 24

“Man on Wire,” 2008, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 25

“Let the Right One In,” 2009, 5 p.m. Aug. 25

“A Single Man,” 2010, 8 p.m. Aug. 25

“The Florestine Collection,” 2011, 3 p.m. Aug. 26

“The Artist,” 2012, 5 p.m. Aug. 26

Reach Taylor at (803) 771-8362.

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