May 21 2014
Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow @ Market Square:...

Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow @ Market Square:...

Presented by Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas and Houston Downtown Management District at Downtown Houston - Main Street/Market Square Historic District

For city dwellers who want to stay within the city limits and have a fun outdoor experience Houston's historic Market Square Park presents Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow @ Market Square.

CANCELLED!!!  So sorry, but the studio has pulled this movie from distribution and we are not able to license it for the park

Forget about trekking to the ‘burbs for your Alamo fix. Join us for a film under the stars as the Rolling Roadshow presents, The Graduate, the story of a recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock who becomes involved in an affair with Mrs. Robinson, who happens to be the wife of his father's business partner and then finds himself falling in love with her daughter, Elaine. Free. Movie starts at 8:30 pm.

The music, the performances, the precision in capturing the post-college malaise — The Graduate's coming-of-age story is indeed one for the ages.

"One word: plastics." "Are you here for an affair?" These lines and others became cultural touchstones, as 1960s youth rebellion seeped into the California upper middle-class in Mike Nichols' landmark hit.

Mentally adrift the summer after graduating from college, suburbanite Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) would rather float in his parents' pool than follow adult advice about his future. But the exhortation of family friend Mr. Robinson (Murray Hamilton) to seize every possible opportunity inspires Ben to accept an offer of sex from icily feline Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft).

The affair and the pool are all well and good until Ben is pushed to go out with the Robinsons' daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross) and he falls in love with her. Mrs. Robinson sabotages the relationship and an understandably disgusted Elaine runs back to college.

Determined not to let Elaine get away, Ben follows her to school and then disrupts her family-sanctioned wedding. None too happy about her pre-determined destiny, Elaine flees with Ben — but to what?

Directing his second feature film after Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Nichols matched the story's satire of suffocating middle-class shallowness with an anti-Hollywood style influenced by the then-voguish French New Wave. Using odd angles, jittery editing, and evocative widescreen photography, Nichols welded a hip New Wave style and a generation-gap theme to a fairly traditional screwball comedy script by Buck Henry and Calder Willingham from Charles Webb's novel.

Adding to the European art film sensibility, the movie offers an unsettling and ambiguous ending with no firm closure. And rather than Robert Redford, Nichols opted for a less glamorous unknown for the pivotal role of Ben, turning Hoffman into a star and opening the door for unconventional leading men throughout the 1970s.

With a pop-song score written by Paul Simon and performed by Simon & Garfunkel bolstering its contemporary appeal, The Graduate opened to rave reviews in December 1967 and surpassed all commercial expectations. It became the top-grossing film of 1968 and was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Actor, and Actress, with Nichols winning Best Director. Together with Bonnie and Clyde, it stands as one of the most influential films of the late '60s, as its mordant dissection of the generation gap helped lead the way to the youth-oriented Hollywood artistic "renaissance" of the early '70s. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

Admission Info

Free and open to the public.

There is an abundance of on-street parking in downtown. Metered on-street parking is available Monday-Saturday and is free after 6 pm and all day Sunday. Make sure you feed the meter when applicable and always pay close attention to City signage. Never park at a red meter or if the street has red markings. Milam and Travis streets along the park are also considered mobility lanes so you cannot park there from 7-9 am or 4-6 pm.

NOTE: Alcohol is not allowed to be brought into the park; it can only be bought at the café.

Phone: 713.650.3022 or 512-219-5408

Dates & Times

2014/05/21 - 2014/05/21

Additional time info:

Movie starts at 8:30 pm.

Location Info

Downtown Houston - Main Street/Market Square Histo...

301 Milam St, Houston, TX 77002