The National Bank of Indianapolis Summer Nights Film Series returns to the IMA’s silver screen this summer for its 40th anniversary.
Beginning June 3, Friday nights at the Museum will once again feature timeless movies from across the decades and interactive preshow programming in the IMA Amphitheater. Still one of Indianapolis’ most unique outdoor film experiences, the 40th anniversary of this longstanding tradition will offer four audience-selected films, two double features and new preshow entertainment.
New this year, an 18-hole putt-putt course will be available for preshow entertainment. Mini Golf at the IMA—located directly above the IMA Amphitheater on the Alliance Sculpture Court—features original holes designed by local and regional artists. In honor of Indiana’s 2016 Bicentennial, each hole is inspired by Indiana history, heritage and landmarks. Moviegoers can putt through covered bridges and Indiana farmland, former city landmarks and amusement parks, and even a reproduction of Kurt Vonnegut’s office before enjoying a movie under the stars.
After the success of last year’s bracket tournament, the public was once again invited to vote for which films they would like to see included in the lineup. Last month, a bracket on the IMA website pitted 64 films from different decades against each other. In August, the IMA will screen the winning films from the ’40s and ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and ’00s brackets.
“We are celebrating the 40th anniversary of this Indy summer tradition by continuing to add to the preshow experience,” said Scott Stulen, the IMA’s curator of audience experiences and performance. “Come early to play a round of trivia and mini golf, grab a beer and a gourmet hot dog, snap a selfie in a photo booth and enjoy the beautiful sunset. This year, we have added two double feature nights for your viewing pleasure. Get tickets early, so you don’t miss out on your favorite flick.”
The series runs Friday nights from June 3 through Aug. 26. Doors open at 6 p.m., preshow programming begins at 7 p.m. and films begin at dusk. Tee times for mini golf are available upon arrival from 6 to 8 p.m. before the film. During The National Bank of Indianapolis Summer Nights Film Series, Mini Golf at the IMA is free for members and $8 for non-members with a ticket for the same-day film.
Tickets will be available for members beginning April 11 and for the general public on May 4. Season passes are available exclusively for members through June 3 at www.imamuseum.org.
The 2016 IMA Summer Nights Film Lineup Includes:
June 3: Bad Boys (1995, dir. Michael Bay, 118 mins., R)
Miami policemen Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) and Mike Lowry (Will Smith) must switch places to protect a murder witness while investigating a heroin heist. Before the show, enjoy music and DJ lessons from Deckademics DJ School, compete in ’90s trivia and strike a pose in the Bad Boys photo booth.
June 10: Eighties Adventure Double Feature- Adventures in Babysitting (1987, dir. Chris Columbus, 102 mins., PG-13) and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989, dir. Stephen Herek, 90 mins., PG-13)
Adventures in the big city and through time and space await! Dress like a historical figure or your favorite comic hero for an evening of ’80s art and music trivia, tunes from DJ Scott Stulen and limited edition poster sales designed by Ronlewhorn Industries.
June 17: Rebel Without a Cause (1955, dir. Nicholas Ray, 111 mins., PG-13)
Indiana’s own James Dean stars as Jim Stark, a troubled young man in a new town. Participate in a mini golf challenge, play rebel trivia and channel your inner James Dean in the ’50s photo booth.
June 24: Army of Darkness (1992, dir. Sam Raimi, 82 mins., R)
Ash (Bruce Campbell) is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D. where he must battle an army of the dead. Before the show, watch a chainsaw sculpture demonstration, make medieval crafts and enjoy tunes from DJ Kyle Long.
July 1: Remember the Titans (2000, dir. Boaz Yakin, 113 mins., PG)
Watch the inspiring true story of a newly appointed African-American high school football coach and his students’ first season as a racially integrated team. Wear your favorite team jersey or ’70s attire, compete for the best score in a combine challenge and play football trivia.
July 8: The Iron Giant (1999, dir. Brad Bird, 88 mins., PG)
A young boy must protect his friend—an alien robot—from government agents. Join the fun before the show with the IMA Drawing Club, a collaborative robot sculpture, spoken word performances and a demonstration from Deckademics DJ School.
July 15: Roman Holiday (1953, dir. William Wyler, 118 mins., NR)
Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman (Gregory Peck). Arrive early to compete in an Audrey look-a-like contest, try your hand at jewelry making and test your knowledge with classic film trivia. Enjoy music by DJ Kyle Long and limited edition poster sales designed by Ronlewhorn Industries.
July 22: Crazy for Swayze Double Feature- Road House (1989, dir. Rowdy Herrington, 114 mins., R) and Dirty Dancing (1987, dir. Emile Ardolino, 100 mins., PG-13)
Celebrate Patrick Swayze at this special double feature! Before the show, take a wild ride on a mechanical bull and join the Firefly Cove Talent Show. Enjoy music by DJ Scott Stulen and limited edition poster sales designed by Ronlewhorn Industries.
July 29: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977, dir. Steven Spielberg, 137 mins., PG)
In Muncie, Ind., lineman Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) encounters a UFO and begins to have visions that lead him to Devil’s Tower. Before you settle in for this supernatural thriller, compete in a mini golf challenge, hop into the alien abduction photo booth and enjoy music from DJ Kyle Long.
Aug. 5: Moulin Rouge! (2001, dir. Baz Luhrmann, 127 mins, PG-13)
A young English poet falls in love with Moulin Rouge’s star and courtesan, Satine, in this Baz Lurhmann musical. Enjoy a PG-13 Burlesque performance and music trivia before the film.
Aug. 12: Casablanca (1942, dir., Michael Curtiz, 102 mins., PG)
In WWII Casablanca, Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) encounters his former flame (Ingrid Bergman). Come early to try out our Casablanca photo booth and compete in classic film trivia.
Aug. 19: West Side Story (1961, dirs. Jerome Robbins & Robert Wise, 152 mins., NR)
In this classic retelling of Romeo & Juliet, two teenagers from rival gangs fall in love only to end in tragedy. Dress in your favorite ’50s attire for a Jets versus Sharks dance-off before the film!
Aug. 26:The Princess Bride (1987, dir. Rob Reiner, 98 mins., PG)
Buttercup, Westley, Inigo and Fezzik take us on an adventure full of sword fights, revenge, pirates and true love. Dress like characters from the film for our photo booth and join a fencing class during the preshow programming.
Tickets are $8 for IMA members and $12 for the public, unless otherwise noted, and are available for purchase in advance at the Guest Services Desk, online or by phone at 317-923-1331 Double Feature tickets are $18 for the public and $12 for members. Members can also purchase season passes for $95 through June 3. Tickets are also available at the door, but are not guaranteed, as most films may sell out before the day of showing. All tickets are non-refundable.
Member tickets are on sale April 11 and tickets for the general public will be available beginning May 4. Show your National Bank of Indianapolis ATM, debit or credit card for $1 off your ticket purchase. This discount is valid for on-site purchases only, though cardholders may call the ticket line at 317.955.2339 in advance to reserve their tickets.
Parking, Arrival and Preshow Programming
Parking is free for all visitors and available in the main surface lot or underground parking garage. Gates and mini golf open at 6 p.m. with films starting at sunset (approximately 9:30 p.m.). Preshow programming begins at 7 p.m.
Seating for attendees with limited mobility is available. Assistive Listening Devices are available and closed-captioning (when available) can be arranged with one week’s notice. Call 317-923-1331 for additional information.
What to Bring
Moviegoers may bring blankets, chairs, food and non-alcoholic beverages. Guests are not permitted to bring their own alcoholic beverages. Sun King Brewing Co. is the official brewery of this program and will offer beer and wine available for purchase at each screening. Food will also be available for purchase from King David Dog. Grills and open flames are not permitted.
Films will be shown at 9 p.m. in The Toby in the event of inclement weather. Film location can be confirmed after 5 p.m. on the day of the film by calling 317-923-1331 or by checking the calendar of events at www.imamuseum.org.
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