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Now in its 18th year, the Thursday Afternoon Film Series screens a variety of classic and contemporary movies for an adult audience.  

September Theme: Pop Music 

September 2: American Graffiti (1973), 2-3:55 p.m. 

  • A group of high school graduates spend one last night cruising their hometown before going off to college. Directed by George Lucas, the film is renowned for its great soundtrack of early rock ‘n’ roll hits and abundance of future stars including Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams, and Harrison Ford. PG 

September 9: A Hard Day’s Night (1964), 2-3:30 p.m. 

  • In their first film, the Beatles struggle through two “typical” days in their lives as they prepare for a television performance. Directed by Richard Lester, this innovative film has a soundtrack that features over a dozen early Beatles songs. G 

September 16: Hitmakers: The Teens Who Stole Pop Music (2001), 2-3:30 p.m. 

  • This fun, tune-filled documentary tells the story of the many songwriters, including Carole King, Burt Bacharach, and Neil Sedaka, who worked out of New York City’s Brill Building in the early 1960s and wrote some of the most famous pop and Motown songs of the era. NR 

September 23: Music & Lyrics (2007), 2-3:40 p.m. 

  • This charming romantic comedy stars Hugh Grant as a washed up ‘80s pop singer trying to revive his career by writing a hit song for the latest teen sensation with the grudging assistance of an amateur lyricist (Drew Barrymore). PG-13 

September 30: Urban Cowboy (1980), 2-4:15 p.m. 

  • A great selection of ‘80s era country tunes fill the soundtrack for this enjoyable film about a cowboy (John Travolta), the love of his life (Debra Winger), and the villain (Scott Glenn) that comes between them at a popular honky-tonk bar in Texas. PG 

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