Going to the movies is a tried and true, low-key, relaxing way to spend a Valentine’s date – especially if there is plenty of romance on the big screen in front of you.
Sure, “Fifty Shades Freed” is being released on Valentine’s Day, and “Fifty Shades of Grey” fans will certainly consider that a good way to celebrate the holiday.
But if your Valentine prefers, shall we say, more subtle romance, there are several options to consider:
Never miss a local story.
When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. (Movie starts at 8 p.m.)
Where: Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo.
Tickets: $17 at www.harbisontheatre.org.
Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn) is the daughter of a wealthy family’s longtime employee. She grew up with the employer’s two sons, always dreaming of what it would be like if the younger, David (William Holden), realized she was his soulmate.
Sabrina goes to Europe for school, and when she returns, David is celebrating his engagement. But that doesn’t keep him from noticing the grown-up Sabrina.
His older brother, Linus (Humphrey Bogart), tries to keep his infatuation with Sabrina from ruining the engagement. But in the meantime, Linus, too, develops feelings for her. And Sabrina? She doesn’t know what to think.
The comedic romance starring three members of Hollywood’s royalty is just part of the evening festivities. There will be dessert, champagne, and dancing before the film in the lobby.
When: 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, and 4 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14.
Where: GTC Beacon Cinemas, 1121 Broad St., Sumter.
Tickets: $7.88, matinee, or $10.50 at www.gtcmovies.com.
You can’t go wrong listening to Bogart say, “Here’s looking at you, kid,” before you bawl your eyes out.
This 1942 movie is still a favorite for many romantics. Rick Blaine (Bogart) owns a nightclub in Casablanca. His old love Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) comes to town with her husband, a member of the Czech underground for whom the Germans are hunting.
Ilsa knows Rick can help them get out of the country – but will he?
The Metropolitan Opera: ‘L’Elisir d’Amore’
When: Noon Saturday, Feb. 10.
Where: Regal Columbiana Grande Stadium 14, 1250 Bower Parkway, or Regal Sandhill Stadium 16, 450 Towncenter Place.
Tickets: $25.20 at www.regmovies.com.
Does your Valentine enjoy opera? If so, are you in luck!
Local movie theaters will show a broadcast of Puccini’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” live in select cinemas nationwide on Saturday, Feb. 10. And Columbia is on that “select cinemas” list.
From the opera publicity information: “Pretty Yende debuts a new role at the Met as the feisty Adina, opposite Matthew Polenzani, who enthralled Met audiences as Nemorino in 2013 with his ravishing ‘Una furtiva lagrima.’ Bartlett Sher’s production is charming, with deft comedic timing, but also emotionally revealing. Domingo Hindoyan conducts.”
At the Nickelodeon
The Nickelodeon is showing “When Harry Met Sally” for its Valentine’s Day celebration – alas, that screening is sold out. So make a note to check out what the Nickelodeon has going on for Valentine’s Day earlier in 2019. In the meantime, the Nick has some other options if you like the idea of treating your Valentine to a movie in the vintage theater at 1607 Main St. Tickets are $11 at http://nickelodeon.org.
‘Bring It On,’ 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10.
Part of the Nick’s staff picks series, the 2000 film stars Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union in a comedy about a cheerleading rivalry that, the theater’s summary says, “develops when a white, affluent squad is exposed for stealing all of their routines from a predominantly black squad. At first glance a lighthearted romp about the path to cheerleading nationals, the film is also a savvy critique of cultural appropriation.”
Plus, a romantic subplot between Torrance (Dunst) and Cliff (Jesse Bradford), the brother of Torrance’s teammate and friend Missy (Eliza Dushku).
‘Phantom Thread,’ see website for showtimes.
From the Nick: “Set in the glamor of 1950s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutantes and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.”
The film has been nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Lewis), Best Supporting Actress (Manville) and Best Director (Paul Thomas Anderson).