Radio City, U flaunt grand times

NEW YORK — Seven of Universal Studios’ most popular films will unspool at the second annual Radio City Film Festival, which runs Aug. 20-24 at the landmark 5,901-seat theater.

Universal is supplying brand-new 35 mm prints of “Psycho,” “Jaws,” “American Graffiti,” “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” “The Blues Brothers” and “The Sting.” Each will be preceded by vintage Woody Woodpecker cartoons and a musical performance of themes and songs from Universal films on Radio City’s famous Wurlitzer Organ.

Last year, Radio City partnered with Warner Bros. for the fest.

Grand return

“For Radio City Music Hall, the festival is a return to the tradition of showcasing landmark movies in a grand setting,” said Arlen Kantarian, president and CEO of Radio City Prods. “With the largest screen in the world and our new Dolby Digital Surround Sound, Radio City Music Hall is once again the best place in America to see a movie.”

Commented Universal Pictures president of distribution Nikki Rocco, “We are delighted to partner with Radio City, showcasing these brand-new prints in this landmark showplace.”

The Radio City fest kicks off Aug. 20 with Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic “Psycho” starring Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin and Janet Leigh.

On Aug. 21, Steven Spielberg’s 1975 thriller “Jaws” starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss returns to the bigscreen.

Radio City hosts a double feature Aug. 22: George Lucas’ “American Graffiti” starring Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard, plus Amy Heckerling’s “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” starring Sean Penn, Phoebe Cates and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

On Aug. 23, a double bill unspools of two John Landis-helmed and John Belushi-starring pics: “National Lampoon’s Animal House” and “The Blues Brothers,” with Dan Aykroyd.

The festival closes Aug. 24 with George Roy Hill’s “The Sting,” the 1973 Oscar winner for best picture starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford.

General admission tickets are $12.50 for single shows and $19.50 for double features. A festival pass for all shows is $38.50.

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