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Egyptian offers ‘best picture’ film series

Published: Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 12:07 p.m. CST

The Egyptian Theatre is partnering with Northern Illinois University to bring the community a film series starting Jan. 14 featuring Best Picture films through the decades.

Films that won the Academy Award for Best Picture were chosen from each decade from the time the theater opened in 1929. Last year, the Egyptian and NIU partnered to present the AFI Top 10 film series, with great success.

This series begins Jan. 14 and continues with a new film every week until the Academy Awards in March. All films begin at 7 p.m. The schedule is as follows:

Jan. 14 – “All Quiet on the Western Front”

Jan. 21 – “It Happened One Night”

Jan. 28 – “Casablanca”

Feb. 4 – “An American in Paris”

Feb. 8 – “Sound of Music” (at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.)

Feb. 11 – “Annie Hall”

Feb. 18 – “Amadeus”

Feb. 25 – “Shakespeare in Love”

Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. A discounted ticket package also is available, with admission to all eight films for $42 for adults and $30 for students and seniors. Advance tickets are available through the Egyptian Theatre Box Office online, in person, or over the phone. Tickets also will be available at the door 30 minutes prior to each film. The Egyptian Theatre is located at 135 N. Second St. in DeKalb.

NIU faculty also will lead post-film discussions with the audience. Some of the NIU faculty involved are Scott Balcerzak, Randy Casperen, Jeffrey Chown, Lara Crowley, Brian Hart, Timothy Ryan, Robert Schneider, Lois Self, and Robert T. Self.

Film Series sponsors include State Farm Agent Brian Scholle, NIU Department of English, NIU Department of Communications, NIU Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and NIU Honor Program.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

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