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10 Years - 100 Movies | 2019 Movies on the Roof

Movies on the Roof is a private movie festival run by Laura Lanford and Thomas Rammer. We screen classic American cinema Tuesday evenings during summer on a rooftop in Printer's Row.

The Final Season - The Final Movie: Casablanca

After a joyful decade of watching American classics with you, this Tuesday, August 27th, is the very last Movies on the Roof.

We return to our very first MotR selection to bookend this chapter of our (and maybe your) life: Michael Curtiz's immortal classic: Casablanca. In addition to the regular lineup of hanging out, themed charity, cultural significance presentation, pre-show, and the feature presentation, we're adding a couple of extra touches. Chairs will go fast, please consider bringing your own. We recommend coming early as we expect a full house!

CASABLANCA. The same reason we chose it for our first film is why we’re thrilled to have it as our closing film.

Although it was an A-list film, with established stars and first-rate writers - Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch received credit for the screenplay - no one involved with its production expected Casablanca to be anything out of the ordinary; it was just one of dozens of pictures produced by Hollywood every year.

Set during World War II, it focuses on a man torn between, in the words of one character, love and virtue. He must choose between his love for a woman and helping her and her Czech Resistance leader husband escape from the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis. The film was rushed into release to take advantage of the publicity from the Allied invasion of North Africa and was initially a solid, if unspectacular, success on its release.

Despite a changing assortment of screenwriters frantically adapting an unstaged play and barely keeping ahead of production, and Bogart attempting his first romantic lead role, Casablanca won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Its characters, dialogue, and music have become iconic, and Casablanca has grown in popularity to the point that it now consistently ranks near the top of lists of the greatest films of all time.
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We're really looking forward to sharing this with you! Hope to see you Tuesday! You're welcome anytime after 6pm, the show will start around 8:25 pm.

The Final Season - Week 7: 2001 A Space Odyssey

Welcome to the 100th movie of MotR’s 10 Years/100 Movies final season! We hope to see you this Tuesday, August 20th, for Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Whether you consider 2001 a cinematic masterpiece or a trippy slog, this movie changed our relationship with cinema and with science fiction. We resisted showing it for a long time we remembered it as long and unintelligible, but on re-watching found a trove of important film tropes and visual effects.

Kubrick revolutionized special effects - every visual in this movie was a practical effect shot on film. This film was also a pivot for the entire science fiction genre and created some of our most indelible movie references: The Blue Danube as soundtrack to the vacuum of space, apes jumping around a monolith and, of course, HAL - the first serious portrayal of anthropomorphized AI. The deliberate pacing and orchestral score lends additional gravitas to this ambitious film.

It's actually a relatively short movie (shorter than Pulp Fiction!) and there's a really solid scifi story nestled in there. Whether you find it an unparalleled work of genius or an epic meandering, seeing this bold, beautiful movie on the big screen is an experience you don't want to miss!

The Final Season - Week 6: Pulp Fiction

Welcome to movie 99 of MotR's 10 Years/100 Movies final season! We hope to see you this Tuesday, August 13th, for Quentin Tarantino's post-modern cult classic, Pulp Fiction.

We resisted doing Pulp Fiction for a very long time, but there's no denying the impact it had on American film. Like Bonnie & Clyde, Pulp Fiction set off a new era of independent filmmaking where writers and especially directors were seen as auteurs -- the singular creative masterminds behind their art. Tarantino draws as much inspiration from Hitchcock and Sergio Leone as he does from blacksploitation and kung-fu films of the 1970s to create a style that was truly new, and undeniably signature.

For the people who haven’t seen Pulp Fiction (or any Tarantino) this movie is chock full of foul language, sexuality, drug use, gratuitous violence, and ‘adult situations’. It earned its hard R! Viewer discretion is advised - if you need parental guidance, Tom’s mom will be there. :)

There may be some rain in the morning, but the afternoon and evening are predicted to be lovely and clear. If things change we'll post to the website and Facebook, and we look forward to seeing you!

We're really looking forward to sharing this with you! Hope to see you Tuesday! The days are getting shorter and sunset is earlier in the back half of the season. You're welcome anytime after 6pm, the show will start around 7:50pm.

The Final Season - Week 5: Superman

Welcome to the fifth week of our 10th and final season of Movies on the Roof! We hope to see you this Tuesday, August 6th, for Richard Donner's immortal classic, Superman

Dick Donner (a new and popular director after his first smash success with The Omen) had a vision of a superhero movie that was more meaningful than the campy, self-aware pulp associated with Batman and previous Superman work. Starting with a massive 500-page screenplay by Mario Puzo (author of The Godfather) and originally reworked by Bonnie and Clyde scribes Robert Benton and David Newman, Donner enlisted James Bond writer Tom Mankiewicz to create a work that captured the scale and Americana of Superman, making audiences believe that a man truly could fly.

There might be some light rain in the afternoon, but the evening looks clear. If things change we'll post to the website and Facebook, and we look forward to seeing you!

The days are getting shorter and sunset is earlier in the back half of the season. You're welcome anytime after 6pm, the show will start around 8:00pm. We're really looking forward to sharing this with you!

The Final Season - Week 4: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Welcome to the fourth week of our 10th and final season of Movies on the Roof! We hope to see you this Tuesday, July 30th, for Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes To Washington!

Join us for the blockbuster "feel good" movie that was characterized as a danger to democracy, banned in four European countries, and prompted walkouts at its premiere in 1939: Mr Smith Goes the Washington! Though this little-fish-in-a-big-pond story appears naive and optimistic on the surface, Capra's characterization of American politics is surprisingly cynical and much less sentimental than commonly thought.

So far the weather looks perfect! If thinks change we'll post to the website and Facebook, and we look forward to seeing you!

We're really looking forward to sharing this with you! Hope to see you Tuesday! The days are getting shorter and sunset is earlier in the back half of the season. You're welcome anytime after 6pm, the show will start around 8:15pm.

The Final Season - Week 3: Bonnie and Clyde

Welcome to the third week of our 10th and final season of Movies on the Roof! We hope you'll join us this Tuesday, July 23th, for Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde!

In addition to starring one of the most beautiful couples ever to grace the screen, Bonnie and Clyde marked the beginning of a revolution by bringing French New Wave Cinema back to America, where it drew so much of its inspiration. The violence, humor, and anti-heros in Bonnie & Clyde spoke to a new generation of film goers like no other movie had before, and heralded the beginning of New Hollywood that changed American film-making forever.

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We're really looking forward to sharing this with you! Hope to see you Tuesday!

The Final Season - Week 2: Psycho

Welcome to the second week of our 10th and final season of Movies on the Roof! We hope you'll join us this Tuesday, July 16th, for Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller, Psycho.

This thriller cum horror movie was the first of its kind in multiple ways, and has made its way into American culture even for those who haven’t seen it. The screeching violins from the infamous 'shower scene' are as recognizable as the theme song from Jaws, and just saying ‘shower scene’ is enough to give most of us a shiver.

From not allowing entry into the theatre once the movie started to abruptly turning into a different genre of movie halfway through, there's a good reason this 1960 classic is considered by many to be one of the best movies of all time.

The weather shows scattered thunderstorms all day tomorrow, hopefully burning off before early evening. We're keeping an eye on it and will post here and to Facebook if we have to make the call to turn Movies on the Roof to Movies on the Couch.

Hope to see you soon!

Movies on the Roof - A History, Year 10: 2019

When we calculated that our 10th season would put us at 100 movies, we realized two things:

  1. We always knew we wanted to end on a satisfying milestone, and this was a great one.

  2. There were SO MANY MOVIES we hadn’t gotten to yet!

Through (metaphorical) tears, we whittled down the list we wanted to share to one season's worth, spanning decades, genres, emotional impact, and reasons for inclusion. From the warmth and campiness of oft-requested “The Princess Bride” to the high concept psychedelics of 2001: A Space Odyssey, we look forward to sharing them with you.

Thank you to everyone for your years of love and support. We hope you join us for our final season. Check back tomorrow for a link to this year’s trailer (after its premiere tonight)  

See you on the roof!!

The 2019 List:

94    The Princess Bride

95    Psycho

96    Bonnie and Clyde

97    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

98    Superman

99    Pulp Fiction

100    2001: A Space Odyssey

Encore/Finale      Casablanca

The Final Season - Week 1: The Princess Bride

Hello Moviegoers,

Welcome to our 10th and final season of Movies on the Roof! We hope to see all of you over the summer, starting this Tuesday, July 9th, with Rob Reiner's beloved classic The Princess Bride.

This has been one of the most requested movies over the last decade, and it now has the place of honor as our opening movie.  Based on the novel of the same name by William Goldman, it retains the subversive framing of the novel while unironically providing all the fairy tale themes we could want to warm our hearts and start this season off right.

There are different ways to be an American Classic. The Princess Bride's approach is on two levels: one is the self-aware 'meta-story' approach adopted from the novel and the other is the magical casting of so many people whose sincere enjoyment of working together on this movie makes everyone who watches it feel the love. 

We're really looking forward to sharing this with you!  Hope to see you Tuesday!

Movies on the Roof - A History, Year 9: 2018

Looking at our ‘short list’ of great movies we hadn’t gotten to, we realized there were some heavy hitters we owed our audience.  What self respecting classic film festival could get away without showing “Vertigo” or “Citizen Kane”?  

An unintentional callback to our previous year’s political theme “Inherit the Wind” hit very close to home: a fifty year old movie about a ninety year old scientific argument that we’re still managing to have today.

We bookended our season with young Clint Eastwood movies: opening with the gritty cop of “Dirty Harry” & closing with the epic suspense of “The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly.” 

But it wasn’t all somber! Our second in-house trailer was decidedly upbeat, we returned to Tom & Laura’s spirit couple in “After the Thin Man”, and leaned into our goofiest selection, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”.

The 2018 List:

86    Dirty Harry

87    After the Thin Man

88    Citizen Kane

89    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

90    Inherit the Wind

91    Vertigo

92    A Few Good Men

93    The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

Movies on the Roof - A History, Year 8: 2017

Like many, the 2016 presidential election left an impact on us. Since our minds kept returning to politics as we contemplated our lineup, we leaned in for our first and only themed year. We embraced the challenge of designing a season of films that spanned many decades, were all excellent, appealed to families and cinephiles, and fit our theme of politics or government.

Before we started, we got a wonderful outpouring of neighborly love from our Moser neighbors and added a reservation system to give them the VIP status to snag prime seats. As always, Moser Building, thank you for making this whole thing possible!

Though our hearts were heavy, we made sure we keep some levity in our season with the optimistic charm of Disney’s “Robin Hood” and “The American President”.

But we also needed at least dark look to how politics goes really wrong, and Sidney Lumet’s “Fail Safe” was it: the eeriest and quietest ending we’ve ever had on the roof, and so incredibly powerful. 

After eight years, Tom finally got the green light for showing “The Lion in Winter”. Fun fact - this may have been the first showing in America of the new 2017 High Definition remaster of the film!

This was the first MotR trailer that was cut in-house by us, and the sombre, haunting soundtrack reflected our state of mind as we went into the season. That being said, spending time with our wonderful and supportive audience helped us process the state of the world and remember the good.

The 2017 List:

78    The Great Dictator

79    Fail Safe

80    Robin Hood

81    All the King's Men

82    The Lion in Winter

83    State of the Union

84    Advise & Consent

85    The American President

Movies on the Roof - A History, Year 7: 2016

We leveled up our website for Year 7, transitioning from our homegrown template to a slicker, more responsive modern site.

Interspersed with a couple of strong classics - notably “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” - were personal favorites we just wanted to share: “Moonstruck” for Laura, “Sullivan’s Travels” for Tom, and “Blues Brothers” for all Chicagoans.

This year included our oldest movie, Buster Keaton’s “The General,” which won out over Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" to avoid hitting too close to home this election year.  Boy - we didn’t know what we were in for, did we?  

Rebecca and Jack gave us their final MotR Trailer this year, which played with overlaying images from the films.  We’re so grateful for their work in elevating Movies on the Roof with their artistry, deep film knowledge, and so many hours of work into these glorious trailers.

We were flattered to be profiled in the Chicago Tribune, who sent a reporter to attend a few times before writing a lovely piece about our little event.

The 2016 List:

70    Lion King

71    Strangers on a Train

72    Moonstruck

73    The General

74    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

75    Sullivan's Travels

76    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

77    Blues Brothers

Movies on the Roof - A History, Year 6: 2015

Some years, the list just presents itself.  With the 20th anniversary of “Toy Story,” and the 30th anniversary of “Back to the Future,” we had our bookends set for us. In between, we had the booze-soaked mirror couples in “The Thin Man” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” engaging in very, very different ways.  

The social commentary of “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” was just as shocking in 2015 as it was in the 40s, and “Network” has proved to be terrifyingly prescient about the collapse of public media.  And, of course, the iconic Marilyn on the street vent in “The Seven Year Itch”

Rebecca and Jack returned with another brilliant and kinetic trailer, linking parallel shots throughout the films. Their talent and contribution to MotR cannot be overstated.

We had a bit of a shock right before our premier when the Thrillist counted us as a top ten "secret event" in Chicago for the summer. Though flattered, we had to kindly tell many interested attendees that Movies on the Roof is a private screening for our friends and neighbors and not open to the public.

The 2015 List

60    Toy Story

61    Sunset Blvd.

62    Network

63    The Thin Man

64    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

65    The Seven Year Itch

66    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

67    Back to the Future

68    Back to the Future 2

69    Back to the Future 3

Movies on the Roof - A History, Year 5: 2014

By our fifth year, Movies on the Roof was a well oiled machine (ha!).  The custom beers, labels, and themed charities continued, and we were gifted with another phenomenal trailer from Rebecca and Jack - seriously, they just kept getting better!

We giggled for months in anticipation of watching “The Fugitive” on the roof in full view of the Chicago Hilton and its roof where the climactic fight takes place and was filmed (even though there isn’t a “Balbo” stop on the L).  

For season four we brought back the Labor Day Weekend sequel-encore, because as great as “The Terminator” is, “T:2” is the true masterpiece.  We were cheeky enough to play with the end credits to insert our end-of-season thank yous, and dropped a teaser of what was coming in 2015!

But the centerpiece of this season was Alfred Hitchcock’s “Dial M For Murder.”  We originally chose it for two reasons:

  • It’s a criminally underrated Hitchcock mystery, claustrophobic and intimate, and starring the radiant Grace Kelly

  • We needed a 50s movie to balance out our schedule.  

The moment we announced the schedule, our dear friend Christopher Schneberger reached out to point out the obvious: we needed to show “Dial M For Murder” in 3D.  

Background: long before the 3D craze of the early 2000s, there was a brief period of movies with depth back in the 1950s, and Alfred Hitchcock's classic is one of the last. As he put it, "It was a nine day fad, and I came in on the ninth day."  

With Chris’s extraordinary insight and knowledge of movie projection, we created a crazy configuration of a special reflective screen with two projectors and a custom frame to hold them (thank you, Chris!). The setup was quite wonky and involved lining up all the components nearly perfectly, but we were able to recreate the stereographic, 3D setup the movie was originally shown in! 

Because of the rapid demise of the medium, this movie has only been shown a handful of times in 3D since 1954, and by our estimation this was the second time in nearly 60 years that the full color 3D version was shown to a crowd on a big screen. 

The 2014 List:

52    The Fugitive

53    My Man Godfrey

54    Dial M For Murder

55    The Maltese Falcon

56    Dog Day Afternoon

57    Mary Poppins

58    The Terminator

59    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Movies on the Roof - A History, Year 4: 2013

Obviously we came back, though revamped with a shorter, more manageable season length.  Having learned some time management lessons, in January we started brewing beers and pulling pre-show clips. There were a wealth of movies left on the list, which would we do?

As we experimented with the line-up, we stumbled on a set of movies that echoed each other in interesting ways:  

  • “King Kong” presaged the monster movie and dinosaur obsession that reached its artistic peak sixty years later with “Jurassic Park”

  • Polanski’s neo-noir “Chinatown” pays loving tribute to Billy Wilder’s ur-noir film, “Double Indemnity”

  • “Tootsie” and “In the Heat of the Night” both tell fish-out-of-water strories facing discrimination in their own (very different) ways.

  • Our mid-season double feature of “Dumbo” and “Sleeping Beauty” showcase the peak, culmination, and swansong of two distinct eras of Disney Feature Animation.  

Sharing these connections with everyone week-to-week was a real joy, and an example of why we think watching and discussing these films together in a group is so rewarding.

The duality also inspired Rebecca and Jack to create this beautiful and very different trailer

One last change - once we knew our finale would be “Jurassic Park”, we added a couple of subwoofers to our setup. Yes, for that scene.

The 2013 List:

44    King Kong

45    In the Heat of the Night

46    Tootsie

47    Dumbo

48    Sleeping Beauty

49    Double Indemnity

50    Chinatown

51    Jurassic Park

Movies on the Roof - A History, Year 3: 2012

We went into year three knowing it would be our last season: the first two years had been a wild ride but the time commitment was significant and with both of us starting new jobs we didn’t think we’d have the bandwidth.

We wanted to go out with a bang, so we threw everything in this year:

  1. Themed beers: We threw in a custom beer for each movie, with a themed name and custom label (some brewed in-house by Laura and Mike Rammer, others by our talented guest-brewers like Scott Dayton, Brian Rebel, Casey Bubert, Paul DiCrosta, and Chris Dargis).  

  2. MotR glasses: Obviously, the beers had to get poured into something, so we premiered our custom Movies on the Roof pint glasses (also, how lovely it is to see them still being used in our friends’ homes). 

  3. Themed charities: Our audience are wonderfully generous people, but the nature of our screenings mean we couldn’t accept donations. But you wanted to give, so we started selecting a well-rated, thematically appropriate charity for each movie! In the last nine years you’ve donated thousands to a variety of charities, from the tiny Lone Star Equine Rescue (“Stage Coach”) to SETI (“E.T.”)  and Planned Parenthood (“Rosemary’s Baby”)

For our “last” year, we lamented over what remaining movies would make our list. 

Starting where we left off in 2011 with Raiders, our premier was Spielberg’s next film, “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial.”   We showed Disney’s first feature-length cartoon as our first cartoon, and discovered that “Snow White” is not just beautiful, but hilarious when you watch it with a crowd, especially with children giggling along. For an appropriate final screening, we chose the original, non-special edition, 1977 theatrical version of “Star Wars”. After sharing that unaltered masterpiece with everyone on the big screen for the first time in decades, what else could we do for our Labor Day Sunday encore but follow up with the “Empire Strikes Back”/“The Return of the Jedi” double feature?  

The incomparable Rebecca Fons and Jack Newell hit the third trailer out of the park, and our formal Italian catered feast for “The Godfather” remains among the most extravagant pre-show celebrations we’ve put on. It was a glorious season, and at the end we realized it couldn’t be The End.

The 2012 List:

29    E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

30    Notorious

31    Some Like It Hot

32    To Kill A Mockingbird

33    Harvey

34    Rosemary's Baby

35    Stagecoach

36    All The President's Men

37    Arsenic And Old Lace

38    All About Eve

39    Snow White And The Seven Dwarves

40    The Godfather

41    Star Wars

42    The Empire Strikes Back

43    Return of the Jedi

Movies on the Roof - A History, Year 2: 2011

Wary of a sophomore slump, we upped our game for Year Two. We bought our own popcorn maker, upgraded the screen for better viewing angles for the whole deck, and printed business cards. Rebecca Fons outdid herself with the trailer for the season (I still have the music stuck in my head).

In curating the second year movie selections, our urban setting inspired us to start with Hitchcock’s brilliant “Rear Window”. We also screened our first silent film, “City Lights,” which brought tears of laughter and love to many eyes.  We even got a shout-out on the radio from Matty Ballgame Robinson on Filmspotting (you can hear the excerpt here).

We lined up guest speakers to help introduce the movies: Jack Newell’s and Joe Brysiewicz’s film-school level introductions to the “Graduate” and “The Wizard of Oz” exemplified what a good introduction could do to elevate the experience.  

The only disappointment was an unfortunate rain-out for our final movie, “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Luckily, Movies on the Couch proved to be a warm and wonderful night as well.

The 2011 List:

15    Rear Window

16    The Adventures of Robin Hood

17    High Noon

18    The Graduate

19    The Third Man

20    Wizard of Oz

21    The Conversation

22    Twelve Angry Men

23    His Girl Friday

24    Alien

25    Rio Bravo

26    City Lights

27    The Apartment

28    Raiders of the Lost Ark

Movies on the Roof - A History

Over the 9 days leading up to our Final Season Premier, we’re posting some memories from each of our first 9 seasons.  Feel free to enjoy, comment, share your own experiences, and post any pictures you have!

Year 1: 2010

We started Movies on the Roof in 2010, when the City of Chicago cancelled the Grant Park Summer Movie Series.  One of the reasons we moved to our building in 2004 was the close proximity to the Grant Park movies, so we were understandably devastated. But then we realized we could just do it ourselves!

The spring of 2010 was spent experimenting with what we would need to pull this off. The Ramford House motto* meant we wanted to make our little screenings as professional-seeming as possible. We rented a popcorn maker for opening night, and made sure we had plenty of snacks and drinks on-hond. We’d built that first screen frame from PVC (it was aspect-ratio adjustable!).  

(* Ramford House words: “We don’t f*ck around”)

We remembered sitting in Grant Park and listening to the same 6 songs play on repeat every week all summer long before the movies, and decided to do better.  We created custom playlists for each movie, from the top hits of its release year.

Since this had to be more than just a movie screening, we keep adding more content: a talk about the importance of each movie, then a pre-show of newsreels and cartoons to set context. Once we started we knew couldn’t stop. We made T-shirts, and had an official sponsor (https://www.moviepostershop.com/) who donated posters for each movie.  We even built our first website before our first night (http://www.ramfordhouse.com/MotR/archive/2010/).

Rebecca Fons cut our first trailer together, setting an incredibly high bar for the next nine years.  We’ll never understand how she pulled that magic together and it’s awesome! It added a level of polish that delighted us.

Coming up with the list of movies was a fun and vigorous exercise. We developed the few guidelines that we still adhere to today: American Classic Cinema, which means nothing newer than 20 years old.  Each movie should be great on its own, and important to film history, but also entertaining and unlikely to leave the audience feeling regret over spending their Tuesday night with us. The visibility to the public was a slight consideration as well: there’s a reason more - ahem - mature content never made it onscreen.

The program each summer aims to a wide range, ideally representing each decade from the 1920s or 1930s through the early 1990s. Not every movie has to be well known, and we tried to sneak in a couple of movies in each summer that we love and would be new to most people.

Though we didn’t have a ‘theme’, we did enjoy finding movies that talk to each other, for example “A Fistful of Dollars” and “The Searchers” from our first year.

What better movie to start with, of course, than “Casablanca”?  It’s the epitome of “classic” but as each generation finds it, they recognize the sheer entertainment of it. It’s beautiful, thrilling, romantic, and hilarious. The preshow was choppy, the intro was unrehearsed, we had a little sprinkle of rain, but it was a success!

Other highlights from the first year: discovering how funny “It Happened One Night” still is after nearly 80 years, feeling the whole roof jump at “Wait Until Dark”, and putting “Ghosbusters” in the film pantheon with the rest of the classics.  By the end, we knew we would do it again in 2011.

The 2010 List:

1    Casablanca

2    A Fistful of Dollars

3    Singin' in the Rain

4    On the Waterfront

5    It Happened One Night

6    The Killers

7    Wait Until Dark

8    The Searchers

9    The Philadelphia Story

10    Touch of Evil

11    Jaws

12    The Manchurian Candidate

13    The Sting

14 Ghostbusters

The 2019 Schedule is Here!

Hello Moviegoers,

Welcome to the TENTH year of Ramford House's Movies on the Roof!

This season we'll be hitting a major milestone: 100 MOVIES!

And at 10 years and 100 movies, it's with bittersweet pride we share that this will be our final MotR season. The not-so-short-list of candidate movies is as long as ever and it was a lot of high-stakes discussion for what final seven movies would make the cut!

But we did it, and here they are:

  • July 09 - The Princess Bride (1987)

  • July 16 - Psycho (1960)

  • July 23 - Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

  • July 30 - Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

  • August 06 - Superman (1978)

  • August 13 - Pulp Fiction (1994)

  • August 20 - 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

For our final screening, August 27, 2019, we return to the first movie we showed in 2010 - Michael Curtiz's all-time classic, Casablanca.

  • August 27 - Casablanca (1942)

It's been a joy sharing some of the best movies of American cinema with you, our dear friends and neighbors. Let's go out with a bang!

Movies on the Roof is a private movie festival run by Laura Lanford and Thomas Rammer.   

We screen classic American cinema Tuesday evenings during the summer on a rooftop in Printer's Row.  After sunset we start our pre-show and presentation, giving our audience the mood and cultural context for the feature presentation.

Good stuff we're keeping from past years:

  • Curated pre-show with newsreels, shorts, cartoons and/or commercials from the year the movie debuted.

  • The offer to join us anytime after 5:30pm to enjoy the rooftop deck and a playlist of the top hits of the appropriate year.

  • Ice chest and grill available for those who would like to bring grillables or drinkables.

  • A chance to appreciate (and donate, if you feel like it) to our themed charity for each movie.

  • FRESH FREE POPCORN!

Movies on the Roof is absolutely free to attend. This is a labor of love: nothing is required beyond your invite and a willingness to have a good time!

MotR 2019