Spaghetti westerns

New viewers see vintage films on Mondays at the Spaghetti Warehouse:

Moviegoers of all ages are viewing vintage films projected on a big screen every Monday night at a popular North Side bistro. Many of these film fans savor the flicks after first enjoying a meal of pasta and sauce, soups and salads, drinks and desserts served at the Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., near the Inner Harbor.

Bargain prices

"We're noticing that there's an increased interest in vintage films among younger people," said Cinephile spokesman Gerry Orlando.

Compared to a night at the cineplex, where tickets can cost more than $10 and the popcorn's not cheap either, the Spaghetti Warehouse movies are a true bargain. Admission to each screening costs $3 for the public, or $2.50 for Cinephile members. The films run at 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Dec. 1.

For information, call the Spaghetti Warehouse at 475-1807.

Musicals & monsters

Whether they're watching a mystery or a musical, Cinephile moviegoers see 16mm films projected on a theater-quality screen.

"Last year we started using a large, wall-mounted screen," Orlando said. "This bigger screen is really enhancing the patrons' viewing experience."

The Cinephile Society's 2008 Fall Film Series opens Sept. 15 with "The Band Wagon" a musical comedy starring Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant and Nanette Fabray. The 1953 MGM blockbuster was directed in Technicolor by Vincente Minnelli.

On the following Monday, Sept. 22, Fay Wray ascends the Empire State Building with none other than "King Kong." The 1933 spectacle is considered one of the greatest movies of all time, largely due to Willis O'Brien's eye-popping special effects.

Comics and cowboys

The mood goes from horror to humor Sept. 29 as the Marx Brothers star in "Duck Soup" followed Oct. 6 by "Break of Hearts," a 1935 romance between Katharine Hepburn and Charles Boyer.

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