Beatlemania is coming back. On July 4, the Palm Theatre will be showing A Hard Day’s Night in celebration of the film’s 50th anniversary.
The film, directed by Richard Lester, plays like it’s a typical day in the life of the Fab Four, minus the drugs and debauchery. The movie follows the four members of the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr—as they travel from their hometown of Liverpool to London for a television appearance. Along they way, they flee from their hysterical, pubescent fans and deal with Paul’s “very clean,” troublemaking grandfather.
The album written for the movie was named No. 4 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 25 greatest soundtracks of all time. Songs include the titular “A Hard Day’s Night,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “Can’t Buy Me Love.”
This is part of a nationwide re-release, with showings in more than 50 cities. The movie is being digitally restored, with Giles Martin, son of the Beatles producer George Martin, re-mastering the sound. For information about showtimes and prices, go to thepalmtheatre.com.
Pride and Prejudice
Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine will play at the Palm Theatre on July 10, in celebration of the beginning of Central Coast Pride, which runs through July 13.
The movie, directed by Michele Josue, tells the story of Matt Shepard, a 21 year-old who was murdered because of his sexual orientation. On Oct. 6,1998, Shepard entered a bar, where he befriended two men that offered him a ride home. Next, the men robbed, beat, and tortured Shepard, tying him to a fence and leaving him for dead. He was discovered 18 hours later in a coma, and taken to a hospital. He died six days later.
Josue, a classmate of Shepard, wanted to reclaim the person she knew and tell his story to the world. She began working on the film in 2010, documenting his family, close friends, and teachers to piece together a picture of the young man whose life and death brought international attention to hate crimes and LGBT rights.
While movie covers a difficult topic, it discusses an important event in American history and brings to light the injustices that many LGBT people faced in the past and still face today.
The movie will be shown at the Palm Theatre at 7 p.m. for free ($10 donations suggested). Josue will be in attendance for a post-film Q-and-A discussion.