PORTLAND – The Portland Museum of Art will premiere Movies at the Museum with a screening of “A Hard Day’s Night” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20. This is the first film in the Rock & Reel series in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition “Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography.”

Rock & Reel weekend will continue with “Jail House Rock” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, and “Hair” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22. Tickets are $7 each and are sold a half-hour before showtime at the museum’s admissions desk.

“A Hard Day’s Night,” rated G, with a running time of 87 minutes: A re-release of the 1964 classic musical comedy about four shaggy-haired lads from Liverpool, this is a playful day-in-the-life look at the emerging rock stars: John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Pursued by hordes of shrieking girls caught up in “Beatlemania,” they dash in and out of railways, through London streets and into a TV recording studio. Included is concert footage of The Beatles performing “She Loves You.”

“Jail House Rock,” not rated, with a running time of 96 minutes: Elvis stars as a convict who learns to play the guitar and sing while in prison. After his release, he becomes a successful star. “Jail House Rock,” featuring the title song and “Treat Me Nice,” captures the energy and presence of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll at the peak of his career.

“Hair,” rated PG, with a running time of 121 minutes: Director Milos Forman recreates “Hair,” the hit Broadway musical of the 1960s in a buoyant and memorable film. A Midwesterner heads to New York and joins a group of flower children protesting the Vietnam War. “Hair” is an energetic and evocative look at the spirit that was the Age of Aquarius.

In January, The Movies on Exchange Street moved its operation to the Portland Museum of Art and was renamed Movies at the Museum. The Movies on Exchange Street was owned and operated in Portland since 1980 by Stephen and Judith Halpert. They are now film consultants to the museum and will continue to bring foreign, classical and arts films to Portland.

The Portland Museum of Art is at Seven Congress Square in the downtown.

For a complete listing of movies, visit www.moviesatthemuseum.org.


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