Academy Celebrates “Universal’s Legacy of Horror”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will host a month-long series of screenings of classic horror films with “Universal’s Legacy of Horror” in October. The series is part of the studio’s year-long 100th anniversary celebration engaging Universal’s fans and all movie lovers in the art of moviemaking. Through its cinematic introduction of iconic characters such as Dracula and Frankenstein, Universal Pictures was instrumental in establishing and fostering the horror genre. The frightening festivities will kick off with the first of five “Terrifying Tuesdays” on October 2, with “The Bride of Frankenstein” (1935) and “Dracula” (1931), to be complemented by other scream-worthy screenings throughout the month. 

The Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills will host “Terrifying Tuesdays” at 7:30 p.m. on the following dates:

October 2 “The Bride of Frankenstein” (1935, newly restored by Universal)
“Dracula” (1931, newly restored by Universal)
October 9 “The Wolf Man” (1941)
“An American Werewolf in London” (1981)
October 16 “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954, in 3D)
“The Invisible Man” (1933)
October 23 “The Birds” (1963)
October 30 “The Phantom of the Opera” (1925)

On Monday, October 8, also at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, the rarely screened silent horror feature “The Man Who Laughs” (1928), starring Conrad Veidt and Mary Philbin, will be shown at 7:30 p.m.

The terror continues on Saturday, October 27, with a “horror double double feature.” The Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood will host “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” (1948) and “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” (1966) at 2 p.m. Oscars® Outdoors, the Academy’s open-air theater across the street from the Dunn, will screen “The Incredible Shrinking Man” (1957) and “Tarantula” (1955) at 6:30 p.m.

In conjunction with the screening series, the Academy will present “Universal’s Legacy of Horror: A Centennial Exhibition,” which includes rare posters, stills and other artifacts celebrating Universal’s distinctive contributions to the classic horror genre and the studio’s founding 100 years ago. The exhibition will run in the Academy Grand Lobby throughout October. Admission is free.

Series passes for “Terrifying Tuesdays” are now on sale. Passes are $20 for the general public and $15 for Academy members and students with valid ID, and include access to “The Man Who Laughs” on October 8. Individual tickets to all screening events (including double features) in the “Universal’s Legacy of Horror” celebration are also on sale. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with valid ID. Passes and tickets may be purchased online at, by mail, in person at the Academy box office (8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills) during regular business hours or, depending on availability, on the night of each screening. Doors open one hour prior to the event. Ticketed seating is unreserved.

The Samuel Goldwyn Theater and the Academy Grand Lobby are located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. Oscars Outdoors is located at 1341 Vine Street in Hollywood.

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About Kimberly Michele Durham


Posted on September 5, 2012, in Academy Awards, K*Chele Magazine and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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