The Nickelodeon Theatre is offering a return to the Old West in its “Six-Gun Summer” Westerns series. The films will take you from windswept plains to lawless frontiers filled with outlaws, gun-slinging cowboys and vigilantes.
The five films are what the series programmers see as “greatest hits” of the genre, which is currently enjoying a box office resurgence (think “The Hateful Eight,” “The Revenant,” and “The Lone Ranger”).
For the past three summers, The Nick has done a classic or retrospective series, and this year audiences were clamoring for Westerns, director of marketing Kristin Morris said.
Movies are $8-$10 each, and series passes are available for $40. So far, this series has been selling better than any other, Morris said.
In other words, be quick on the draw or get left in the dust, partner.
Here’s what’s playing:
“The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”
Sergio Leone’s 1966 film is set during the Civil War, when three men race to find a fortune in Confederate gold buried in a cemetery.
“The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” is arguably the most famous spaghetti Western, a sub-genre of Westerns typically filmed in Europe with European directors. It was part of a trilogy that made Clint Eastwood a star. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the film’s release.
Go if you like: Intense face-offs. The famous showdown scene has no words, just a lot of serious eye contact.
2 p.m. Sunday, June 26 and 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 27
John Wayne co-stars in this 1969 movie as a steely U.S. Marshal who helps a stubborn teenager (Kim Darby) track down her father's murderer.
Wayne won his only Academy Award for his performance in this film.
Go if you like: Tough-as-nails characters hellbent on revenge.
2 p.m. Sunday, July 3 and 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 4
Will Kane, the recently-retired Marshal of a New Mexico territory, must take on a gang of bandits alone when everyone in his town refuses to help. A criminal he sent to prison years before is returning on the noon train his with friends to kill Kane.
The 1952 black and white film was a smash hit and won four Oscars.
Go if you like: Epic shootouts in the middle of nowhere.
2 p.m. Sunday, July 10 and 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 11
“Once Upon a Time in the West”
Another spaghetti Western by Sergio Leone, this film stars Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson in a nearly-three-hour long feud set in a rapidly changing West.
Go if you like: Mysterious men with no names.
2 p.m. Sunday, July 17 and 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 18
“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”
Paul Newman is Butch Cassidy, and Robert Redford is the Sundance Kid. The rugged pair recklessly rob banks and trains, until the law starts closing in on them. Then they flee to Bolivia.
Go if you like: Wild West outlaws and young Robert Redford – sporting a rather dashing mustache.
2 p.m. Sunday, July 24 and 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 25