Box office at 7:30, showtime 8:00
It helped create the international arthouse craze of the 1950s. While the Black Plague rages all around, a medieval knight (Max von Sydow) plays a game of chess with Death. Often imitated and parodied (Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure) but never equaled, this astonishing film features some of the most famous images – beautiful yet haunting – in the history of cinema. (Ingmar Bergman; Sweden; 1957; 96 min)
The local dollar theaters may be extinct, but our new monthly series of essential cinema might just fill the void. All seats $2 -- and our popcorn is affordable too!