THURSDAYS AT 6:30   |   JULY 16, 23 & 30


What a feeling! Return to the 1980s (or pay a visit, if you’ve never been there before), when the Smith Rafael Film Center presents three consecutive Thursday night programs of that immortal decade’s preeminent dance classics. And the music won’t stop with the end credits.

As you exit the theater, join the D.J. dance party on Fourth Street, courtesy of the Downtown San Rafael Farmers Market.

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One of the iconic movies of the 1980s is actually set in 1963, when daddy’s girl Baby (Jennifer Grey) accompanies her family to a Catskill resort and becomes entranced by dance instructor-from-the-other-side-of-the-tracks Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze). It’s a summer-love story for the ages. Rated PG-13. Writer: Eleanor Bergstein. Director: Emile Ardolino. (US 1987) 100 min.

Thursday, July 16  •  6:30

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Jennifer Beals co-stars with the city of Pittburgh as Alex, steel welder by day and exotic dancer by night, whose real ambition is the ballet. The film’s music, dance moves and energy set a standard for pop musicals of the era. Rated R. Writers: Tom Hedley, Joe Eszterhas. Director: Adrian Lyne. (US 1983) 95 min.

Thursday, July 23  •  6:30

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Kevin Bacon is Ren, a Chicago teenager who moves with his family to a small Midwestern town with an ordinance banning rock music and dancing. With the prom approaching, Ren leads his footloose army against bible-thumping minister John Lithgow and the town’s other repressive forces. Rated R. Writer: Dean Pitchford. Director: Herbert Ross. (US 1984) 107 min.

Thursday, July 30  •  6:30

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