Salt Lake Film Society
A collage of custom posters created for special film screenings at Salt Lake City's Tower Theatre.

SALT LAKE CITY — A blend of classic comedy, family, horror and B-movie titles will grace the big screen at Utah's Tower Theatre during this year's Summer Late Nights series, presented by the Salt Lake Film Society.

Beginning June 6 and running through the end of August, the Tower will host $5 weekend screenings of titles including "The Princess Bride," animated film "The Fantastic Mr. Fox," mockumentary "This Is Spinal Tap," and Ridley Scott's "Alien."

"I think there’s a lot of sweetness in some of the choices this year," Salt Lake Film Society spokeswoman Barb Guy said. "We definitely ended up with a good variety and that was in part driven by requests from customers and people who love the series."

A new film in the series will be shown each week on Friday and Saturday nights at 11 p.m. and again on Sunday at noon, Guy said.

The Salt Lake Film Society, a non-profit organization that operates both the Tower and Broadway Centre Cinemas, will also commission a unique poster for each film, which in the past have often incorporated Utah-specific details like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from "Ghostbusters" terrorizing downtown Salt Lake City.

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Guy said the Summer Late Nights series gives film fans an opportunity to see old favorites in a classic setting. She described the Tower Theatre — a single-screen venue located in the 9th and 9th neighborhood — as "history-riddled" and said visitors can expect a small-town theater experience compared to watching movies at home or at more typical urban cinemas.

"There’s just no substitute for having a communal experience with a group of strangers and a big screen in the dark," she said. "It's so much more of an event. To have a great theater to go to and see (a film) on great digital equipment with a group of people who like what you like is a whole other level of enjoyment for people."

More information on the Summer Late Nights series can be found at the Salt Lake Film Society website.

Summer Late Nights schedule:

June 6 to June 8: "Alien"

June 13 to June 15: "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World"

June 20 to June 22: "Amélie"

June 27 to June 29: "Shaun of the Dead"

July 4 to July 6: "Airplane"

July 11 to July 13: "Fantastic Mr. Fox"

July 18 to July 20: "Pineapple Express"

July 25 to July 27: "The Princess Bride"

August 1 to August 3: "This Is Spinal Tap"

August 8 to August 10: "Boogie Nights"

August 15 to August 17: "Big Trouble in Little China"

August 22 to August 24: "Fargo"


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