OWLS HEAD — The Strand Theatre, in partnership with the Owls Head Transportation Museum, continues its Drive-In Movie screenings during September with screenings of Jazz on a Summer’s Day on September 3, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on September 4 and 5.
Jazz on a Summer’s Day (1959) will have one Drive-In showing only, on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 p.m.; it will then be available for the following week as a “Virtual Cinema” screening via the Strand Theatre website.
Jazz on a Summer’s Day was filmed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island and directed by photographer Bert Stern. The film features intimate performances by an all-star line-up of musical legends including Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O'Day, Chuck Berry, Dinah Washington, and closes with a beautiful rendition of The Lord's Prayer by Mahalia Jackson at midnight to usher in Sunday morning, according to the Strand, in a news release.
The film is not rated. Running time: 1 hour, 25 minutes.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) will be screened on Friday, Sept. 4 and Saturday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m.
Enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka stages a contest whose winners receive a tour of his candy factory. Four of the winning children are insufferable brats; the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. In the course of the tour, Willy Wonka punishes the four nastier children in various diabolical but amusing methods because they have violated the ethics of Wonka's factory. In the end, only Charlie and his grandfather are left.
“Though considered a family musical, the movie is more of a black comedy, faithful to the spirit of Roald Dahl's original book,” said Strand.
Directed by Mel Stuart. Starring Gene Wilder, Peter Ostrum, Jack Albertson. Rated G. Running time: 1 hour, 40 minutes.
Tickets are $20 per car, or $18 per car for Strand Theatre members, and will be available starting at 2 p.m. each day for that evening’s show. Tickets can be purchased only on the Strand Theatre website at RocklandStrand.com. Availability is limited, so movie-goers are encouraged to buy their tickets early to guarantee their spot.
More information about the Drive-In and the safety precautions that will be in place can be found on the Strand website.
The Owls Head Transportation Museum is located at 117 Museum St., Owls Head.