American Graffiti is a 1973 Academy Award nominated coming-of-age comedy-drama film directed by George Lucas, produced by Francis Ford Coppola, written by Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz and Lucas, and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard (billed as Ronny Howard), Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Bo Hopkins, and Wolfman Jack. Suzanne Somers, Kathleen Quinlan, Debralee Scott and Joe Spano also appear in the film.
Set in Modesto, California, in 1962, the film is a study of the cruising and early rock ‘n’ roll cultures popular among Lucas’s age group at the time. Through a series of vignettes, the film tells the story of a group of teenagers and their adventures over the course of their last night of summer vacation. Legendary film critic Roger Ebert said American Graffiti is “not only a great movie, but a brilliant work of historical fiction; no sociological treatise could duplicate the movie’s success in remembering exactly how it was to be alive at that cultural instant”. Enjoy free popcorn, an organ concert before the movie played on our “biggest little Wurlitzer”, and a 35 mm screening of American Graffiti.
Enjoy popcorn, a pre-movie organ show played by Paul Citti on our historic Wurlitzer Organ, the classic “Disorder in the Court” Three Stooges short.
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