Director Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
Year 1961
Starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, and George Chakiris
Run Time 152min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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This screening is part of our February celebration of love!

WEST SIDE STORY is a musical that encompasses both catchy songs and emotional ones. It knows when to make your feet tap and when to make your heart feel. It's one of those films that equally exhilarating and heartbreaking at the same time.

But what really sets this cinematic masterpiece apart from the rest is its striking, effective and mesmerizing combination of realism and stage performance. Shot on location in Manhattan, the film's gritty aesthetic is juxtaposed by some of the best stylized choreography in film history.

This combination shifts from the visual sensibility to the performances as well as stagey, melodramatic performance finds itself in the same film as powerful, grounded acting.

One minute you'll have a hoot while the Jets sing "Officer Krupke," your heart will melt when Tony and Maria share a love song and then you'll cry as the film goes from inspired, life-affirming fare to tragedy.

This is why WEST SIDE STORY remains the greatest example of the Hollywood musical. (R.J. LaForce)

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