If you’re looking for a movie that’s off the beaten multiplex path, or you want one more chance to see a classic on the big screen, check out some of these film series.
Retro Cinema at Movie Tavern: Select locations of this chain show classic movies three times a week. For the month of October, the emphasis is on horror with Retro Scares! including the 1980 Friday the 13th (Oct. 8-10); the 1984 Nightmare on Elm Street (Oct. 15-17); the 1960 Psycho (Oct. 22-24); and the 1978 Halloween (Oct. 29-31). Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Bedford, Denton, Hulen and West 7th locations only. http://movietavern.com/retro-cinema
The Big Movie: This series features screenings of classic movies at the Magnolia on Tuesday nights, sponsored by DFW.com. The lineup includes The Godfather Part II (Oct. 8), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Oct. 15), How the West Was Won (Oct. 22), and Rosemary’s Baby (Oct. 29). For a full schedule, go to landmarktheatres.com
Cinemark Classic Series: Several theaters in the Cinemark chain from Alaska to Wisconsin show selections from the Hollywood vaults three times a week. North Texas theaters in the lineup are Cinemark Allen 16, Cinemark 17 Dallas, Cinemark 14 Denton, Cinemark Alliance Town Center Fort Worth, Cinemark Frisco Square, Cinemark Tinseltown Grapevine, Cinemark 12 Mansfield, Cinemark Legacy Plano, Cinemark West Plano and Cinemark 12 Rockwall. cinemark.com/cinemark-classic-series
Midnight Madness: The Inwood Theatre may not show specialty movies anymore as part of its regular lineup but the midnight movies on Fridays and Saturdays still give the iconic venue a touch of the offbeat. The selections range from campy to classic and can be enjoyed as much on the 10th viewing as the first. Upcoming are Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Oct. 4-5), the 1984 Nightmare on Elm Street (Oct. 11-12); Dial M for Murder (Oct. 18-19) and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Oct. 25-26). For a more complete lineup, go to landmarktheatres.com
Magnolia at the Modern: This is the weekends-only showcase for independent and arthouse cinema in Tarrant County. In addition to this weekend’s Chris Kelly Modern Cinema Festival, the Modern also has on its upcoming schedule: The Trials of Muhammad Ali (Oct. 11-13), Wadjda (Oct. 18-20), Short Term 12 (Oct. 25-27) and Herb & Dorothy 50x50 (Nov. 1-3). themodern.org
Late Night Films: As part of the Dallas Museum of Art’s Late Nights festivities, in which it stays open until midnight on the third Thursday of the month, a film is shown in Horchow Auditorium. The next one scheduled is the 1990 documentary about Harlem drag balls, Paris Is Burning, on Oct. 18 . dallasmuseumofart.org
More niche offerings
QCinema Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival: The 15th edition of Fort Worth’s celebration of gay cinema kicks off Oct. 10 with Southern Baptist Sissies and runs through Oct. 13 at the Rose Marine Theater, 1440 N. Main . Other showings include the North Texas premiere of the Australian film Submerge and Test, a film that takes place in 1985 during the AIDS crisis. For a schedule of movies and festival-related parties, go to qcinema.org
Asian Cinema: A well-kept secret among fans of Asian films in North Texas is that the best place to see new Asian — specifically South Korean — cinema is neither Dallas nor Fort Worth but Grapevine. Though they’re not advertised as a series and bewilderingly not promoted even though all things Korean, from Kias to K-pop, are cool these days, Korean films are almost always on the schedule at AMC Grapevine Mills. It’s the only place outside the annual Asian Film Festival of Dallas to see quality Korean films on a regular basis. On most weeks, the schedule includes Korean hits, such as The Spy and The Face Reader this week. amctheatres.com
Chris Vognar’s Screening Room: Film critic Chris Vognar hosts a monthly showing of cinematic classics called “Around the World: Classics of International Cinema” at the Angelika in Dallas. On the schedule are Wild Strawberries (Oct. 17), The 400 Blows (Nov. 21) and Yojimbo (Dec. 19). Admission is free but reservations are required. It is sponsored by the Dallas Film Society, which also hosts the annual Dallas International Film Festival in the spring. dallasfilm.org/screeningroom.
Lone Star Film Society: This Fort Worth organization sponsors the Lone Star Film Festival, coming up Nov. 7-10 at the AMC Palace in Fort Worth. However, it has screenings and events year-round. lonestarfilmsociety.com