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'Apartment' kicks off Kentucky Theatre classic film series

Fifteen great movies will be showcased in The Kentucky Theatre's seventh annual summer classic movies series, and most of them are among the biggest-name classics around.

The series kicks off May 27 with the 1960 Oscar winner for best picture, The Apartment. Directed by Billy Wilder, the movie stars Jack Lemmon as an insurance clerk who tries to climb the corporate ladder by renting out his apartment to executives having extramarital affairs. When he gets the chance to woo his love interest, played by Shirley Maclaine, he finds out she's, oops, the CEO's mistress.

Six of the films will have new 35mm prints, giving them a little extra sparkle.

All the films will be screened at 1:30 and 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays. All seats are $4. For more information, call (859) 231-6997 or visit

Here's the schedule:

May 27: The Apartment .

June 3: The Birds (1963). Alfred Hitchcock's classic about birds attacking a seaside town and Tippi Hedren.

June 10: A Marx Brothers double feature: Duck Soup (1933) and Horse Feathers (1932).

June 17: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). New print. Kentucky native Patricia Neal co-stars in the story of an alien who visits Earth to find out why humans can't stop fighting. The 2008 remake starred Keanu Reeves.

June 24: The Hustler (1961). A young pool shark (Paul Newman) works his way to playing against Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason).

July 1: American Graffiti (1973). Ron Howard and Richard Dreyfuss play high school buddies out for one last great time before they go to college.

July 8: The Godfather (1972). New print. Marlon Brando and Al Pacino lead a star-studded cast in what some consider to be the greatest movie of all time.

July 15: Planet of the Apes (1968). Charlton Heston finds out what happens when apes are in charge and humans are enslaved.

July 22: Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964). Peter Sellers and George C. Scott star in Stanley Kubrick's Cold War comedy about an impending nuclear holocaust. It's hilarious. Really.

Aug. 5: Somewhere in Time (1980). Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour star in a time-travel romance that has developed a devout cult.

Aug. 12: Once Upon a Time in the West (1968). Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards and Charles Bronson star in Sergio Leone's action western.

Aug. 19: Leave Her to Heaven (1945). New print. Film noir about a woman who loves too much and the man she suddenly marries.

Aug. 26: Lawrence of Arabia (1962). The epic, four-hour story of T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole), a British major who unified Arab tribes and led them in the fight for independence from the Ottoman Turks in the 1920s.

Sept. 2: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). "We are the knights who say ni."