After Hours Film Society - A Hard Day's Night - Downers Grove

After Hours Film Society 25th Anniversary Celebration!

The Beatles in A Hard Day's Night - In glorious Black & White!

Established in 1989, The After Hours Film Society screens foreign, classic and specialty films at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove, each presentation followed by a lecture or group discussion led by educators and film professionals. Meeting at the beautifully restored Tivoli (Built in 1928) on the second and fourth Monday of the month (except May and December - second Monday only).

25th Anniversary Celebration Admission is $8.00 for AHFS Members, $12.00 non-members.

THIS EVENT WILL LIKELY SELL OUT! You can purchase tickets ahead of time (RECOMMENDED) at the Tivoli box office when the theater is open. Call (630)[masked]

AHFS Membership details - Click Here. Complimentary coffee and cookies after the film. Live pre-film entertainment on a 1924 Wurlitzer theatre organ.

Meetup at 7:00 - Seated at 7:15 - Showtime 7:30. Purchase your ticket (IF THERE'S ANY LEFT!), get your popcorn and Twizzlers, and meet in the theater lobby near the little counter where they sell wine & beer. Look for a guy with a Meetup sign. PLEASE BE ON TIME!

Don't rush off after the film. Organized discussion of the film in the theatre follows coffee and cookies in the lobby.

July 28th : A Hard Day's Night

From Rotten Tomatoes movie review site:  During the first worldwide flush of Beatlemania in 1964, United Artists wanted to ship out a movie with The Beatles before their vogue was over. Working within a tight $500,000 budget, director Richard Lester turned out A Hard Day's Night in a fast 6 1/2 weeks; the picture was in the theatres three months after shooting commenced. Using a variety of techniques cribbed from Hollywood slapstick comedies, the French "new wave" movement, and his own experiences as a TV-commercial director, Lester, with screenwriter Alun Owen, fashioned an exhilarating study of a "typical" 36 hours in the lives of the Fab Four. Onto a plot about getting to the Big Show on time are hung a series of instant-reaction gags, character vignettes, and musical setpieces. Much of the humor arises from Paul McCartney's efforts to keep his grandfather (Wilfred Brambell), a "clean old man," from getting into mischief. Also good for several laughs is the hookey-playing Ringo Starr, whose mistimed declaration of independence lands him in jail. We are also treated to a war of nerves between the unflappable John Lennon and an uptight TV director (Victor Spinelli), who worries that, should the Beatles not show up at broadcast time, he'll be demoted to "News In Welsh." George Harrison stars in a sequence in which he is mistaken for an auditionee by the producer (Kenneth Haigh) of a superficially trendy, teen-oriented TV weekly.  The songs include "I Should Have Known Better," "And I Love Her," "Tell Me Why," "If I Fell," "Can't Buy Me Love," and the title song.


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  • Gail

    I really enjoyed the movie and the talk afterwards. I still have a problem saying "50 years ago" though and I wasn't even a baby then. ;)

    July 28

    • Jim P Z

      Cough...cough...

      July 29

    • Gail

      Oh, cough cough! Meaning it was worse than that, I was one of those screaming 14-year old girls! :)

      July 31

  • Tom

    I was just 10 when I went with my sister to see"A Hard Days Night". We went to the Woods theater Downtown. We sat through it twice. My sister was not one of those screamers. After all these years it's nice to hear the movie in a movie theater. Back then they had a lot of girls that were even screaming at the movie!!!!

    July 29

  • Robin S.

    For those of us who were ... um ... little tykes (five to be exact) when this movie came out, I still feel like I remembered it well. I guess it was because the Beatles presence over the past 50 years has continued to be strong and vital.

    July 29

  • S00LIN

    Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

    July 29

    • S00LIN

      Still remember it like yesterday! I was 12 and one of those screaming, ceying, crazy girls! Georgieeeeeeee! WAAAAAAAH!

      1 · July 29

  • Lillian

    I have not seen this in 50 years and it was great to watch it again.

    July 29

  • Al

    Great!

    July 28

  • Jim P Z

    Pretty good for a FIFTY-year-old movie!

    1 · July 28

  • Jan

    WAH, I went but of course, as predicted, tickets were all sold out. Hope everyone had a great time, and hope they show it again!

    July 28

  • Susan S.

    Opps, waited too long to get tickets.

    July 27

    • Robin S.

      I was traveling all weekend and got back late last night. I'll call today and see if I can still get one. If not, I'll have to meet everyone some other evening.

      July 28

    • Linda

      Still able to purchase tickets online at classiccinemas.com, choose Tivoli and buy online. $1.00 extra per ticket, hold at Will Call. NOT sold out.

      July 28

  • Jean L

    Just bought a ticket and am excited to see the film again and to meet other Meet Up members.

    1 · July 27

  • Gail

    You can also call (630)[masked] and buy them over the phone with a credit card, and pick them up at the Box Office before the show. I just bought a couple more and he told me there were still some left, but they're going quickly. :)

    July 27

  • Perry

    I bought my ticket Saturday afternoon. I was informed at the boc office that this event is nearly sold out.

    July 27

  • Jean L

    I saw this film when it first came out as a very young person...I am anxious to see it again. Jean

    July 22

  • Virginia

    How do I purchase a ticket. I tried calling, but there was no option for ticket purchase?

    July 20

    • Jim P Z

      The only way to purchase tickets ahead of time is to go to the Tivoli box office when they are open. The AHFS is a small operation which can't afford to pay a ticket service. Most of the movies don't sell out.

      July 20

  • Susan S

    Already purchased tickets. Said this is a popular film so might be a good idea to purchase tickets in advance and get to theater early.

    3 · July 16

    • Jim P Z

      Smart thinking Susan! If you get your tickets early at the Tivoli box office (whenever the theater is open), you won't have to wait in what is sure to be a big line of people who want to buy tickets. Tivoli -[masked]

      July 16

  • Susan S

    This will be my firs time seeing this film. Looking forward to a great evening.

    July 16

  • Barb S.

    working

    June 4, 2014

  • S00LIN

    I saw this movie when it first came out. I was part of the Beatlemania generation! Hilarious!

    1 · June 4, 2014

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