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"Million Dollar Mermaid" (1952)

This Month at the Packard Campus Theater — June 2023

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Water, water everywhere!
It’s a wet and wild June at the Packard Campus as we screen a series of films that take place in water or over water or at least around water.  Things should go swimmingly!  Please come see us!
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl” (2003)

Friday, June 16, 2023 @ 7:30pm

“Pirates of the Caribbean:  Curse of the Black Pearl” (Disney, 2003)

Not the first, but, by far, the most successful attempt, to turn a Disneyland attraction into a movie.  Johnny Deep’s portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow makes this movie, as well as the many sequels, a treat to watch.  Water is this month’s theme and this film spends plenty of time on the bounty main.  (Color, 143 minutes)

“The Life of Pi” (2012)

Saturday, June 17, 2023 @ 2pm

“The Life of Pi” (20th Century-Fox, 2012)

An old man, Pi, tells a young author about his adventures at sea.  While traveling on a ship, a storm hits, sinking the vessel and putting Pi, along with a menagerie of animals, adrift in a lifeboat.  Ang Lee directed and Suraj Sharma stars.  (Color, 127 minutes)

“Waterworld” (1995)

Saturday, June 17, 2023 @ 7:30pm

“Waterworld” (Universal, 1995)

“Mad Max” meet “Captain Blood” with a bit of “2001: A Spacey Odyssey” thrown in!  The film tells of a future none of us want to see, a sentiment that was shared about the film itself when it was first released.  A colossal flop then, “Waterworld” is now seen as a cult classic.  Kevin Costner stars.  (Color, 135minutes)

“Run Silent, Run Deep” (1958)

Friday, June 23, 2023 @ 7:30pm

“Run Silent, Run Deep” (UA, 1958)

Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster do battle against the Japanese navy–and each other–aboard a World War II submarine.  The film’s title speaks to how submarines, during wartime, had to move stealthy… silent and deep (which often also describes the stars’ acting methods).  B&W, 93 minutes.

“Million Dollar Mermaid” (1952)

Saturday, June 24, 2023 @ 2pm

“Million Dollar Mermaid” (MGM, 1952)

A semi-factual bio-pic about Australian swimming star Annette Kellerman portrayed by American swimming star Esther Williams.  In the film, Kellerman’s swimming feats lead to her starring in the movies…and, yes, even to romance. (Color, 115 minutes)

“Deliverance” (1972)

Saturday, June 24, 2023 @ 7:30pm

“Deliverance” (Warner Bros., 1972)

Four buddies have a blissful and uneventful weekend canoeing… or not.  Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds star in the film that tells how sometimes town and country just don’t mix.  (Color, 109 minutes; added to the National Film Registry in 2002)

“Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954)

Friday, June 30, 2023 @ 7:30pm

“Creature from the Black Lagoon” (Universal, 1954)

This movie is about a creature that comes from the black lagoon.  Sorry for spoiler.  The creature takes a liking to Julie Adams (and who wouldn’t?) setting up an odd retelling of “Beauty and the Beast.”  (Black & white, 80 minutes)

“Free Willy” (1993)

Saturday, July 1, 2023 @ 2pm

“Free Willy” (Warner Bros., 1993)

A young orphan boy befriends a whale recently put into captivity.  The two become friends and the young boy hatches a plot to give the whale its freedom, even though, by doing so, he will have to say farewell to his new friend.  (Color, 112 minutes)

“Jaws” (1975)

Saturday, July 1, 2023 @ 7:30pm

“Jaws” (Universal, 1975)

The Packard Campus Theater’s annual showing of “Jaws” to fully welcome in summer.   The water is still safe, or is it?   The boat may need to be a bit bigger, but the cast–Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfus–is just right.  (Color, 124 minutes; added to the National Film Registry in 2001.)


Please note:  The theater is closed the last weekend of May for Memorial Day; the first weekend of June for the AES Conference and the second weekend of June for electrical maintenance.

For more information on LC screenings, see this link.

Comments (3)

  1. Thanks to the LOC for providing these wonderful viewing experiences! All of your hard work is appreciated.

  2. I love being able to see classic movies that aren’t easily available anywhere else! I’ve brought almost every friend I’ve had here at least once!

  3. I haven’t been able to see any Greta Garbo movies, could y’all consider adding Flesh and the Devil or Grand Hotel to the August line up?

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