I love movies and classic movies are my favorite. I pretty much don't even care about the genre, as long as a movie is old, I'll watch it. That's why I love the Plaza Classic Film Festival. They bring amazing movies to the Plaza Theater downtown for a couple of magical weeks in August. There is a good mix of genres, but this list is for the parents who want their kids to see a movie on a real, actual big screen in the gorgeous Plaza Theater. These movies are family friendly, although there might be some scary or mildly racy moments in some of them.


Plaza Days Silent Shorts - If your kid has never seen a silent movie, take them to see these. It's good for them to see something completely different, and it's free. Thursday, August 1, 11:00 a.m., Plaza Theatre Kendle Kidd Performance Hall

Ratatouille - The story of a Paris rat who loves to cook. I just recently saw this movie for the first time on tv and can't wait to see it on the big screen. $4, Friday, August 2, 1:00 p.m., Philanthropy Theatre

Big - Tom Hanks as a 14 year old boy in a man's body is hilarious! There is a brief flash of bra in this one, but nothing too racy for a kid. $4, Friday, August 2, 3:30 p.m., Philanthropy Theatre

Shrek - This is another movie that tv really doesn't do justice to. You gotta see the story of Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey on the big screen. $6, Saturday, August 3, 10:30 a.m., Plaza Theatre Kendle Kidd Performance Hall

Mary Poppins - The original movie about a magical nanny with Julie Andrews and the amazing dancing of Dick Van Dyke. $8, Saturday, August 3, 7:00 p.m., Plaza Theatre Kendle Kidd Performance Hall

Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame - The loss of the actual Notre Dame will make this movie all the more poignant. There is a little ooginess with the lust that Frollo has for Esmerelda, but little kids won't get it. $4, Monday, August 5, 1:00 p.m., Philanthropy Theatre

Sesame Presents Stop That Bird - A social worker sends Big Bird to live in a foster home. The rest of the Sesame Street gang goes on a cross-country journey to find him. $4, Wednesday, August 7, 1:00 p.m., Philanthropy Theatre

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - I've never seen any of the Harry Potter movies, but this one, in which Harry finds himself competing in a hazardous tournament and dealing with recurring nightmares, is sure to be well-attended. $4, Wednesday, August 7, 3:00 p.m., Philanthropy Theatre

Harry and the Hendersons - This is another movie I haven't seen, but it revolves around a family that somehow adopts Big Foot but has to keep him a secret. $4, Thursday, August 8, 1:00 p.m., Philanthropy Theatre

Space Camp - This movie is a lot of fun and there are some dramatic moments as well. It centers around kids at a space camp who accidentally get launched into space aboard the space shuttle. $4, Thursday, August 8, 3:30 p.m., Philanthropy Theatre

The Ghost and Mr. Chicken - Don Knotts is at his best in this classic kid movie. He is an employee at a small town newspaper who gets a dream assignment to spend the night in a haunted mansion that was the scene of a murder-suicide years earlier. He figures out who the real killer was. Sounds dark but it really is funny. $4, Friday, August 9, 1:00 p.m., Philanthropy Theatre

The Princess Bride - As you wish. Inconceivable. Andre the Giant. The Dred Pirate Roberts. Is this a kissing book? If you know these references, you know this movie. Take your kids. It is a real gem of a movie. $4, Friday, August 9, 3:30 p.m., Philanthropy Theatre

The Love Bug - A fun 1960s era movie about a race car driver who becomes a champion with a Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own. The costumes and makeup are fantastic and the movie is slapstick gold. $6, Saturday, August 10, 10:30 a.m., Plaza Theatre Kendle Kidd Performance Hall

The Wizard of Oz - If you don't know what The Wizard of Oz is about, I'm not going to tell you. $8, Saturday, August 10, 7:00 p.m., Plaza Theatre Kendle Kidd Performance Hall

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