The Campus Theatre to host Summer Family Film Series

LEWISBURG — The Campus Theatre presents the fifth annual Summer Family Film Series, featuring animated and classic family films, some being introduced by academic professionals and specialists who offer film enthusiasts of all ages a new perspective to consider during their film viewing experience. Introductory speakers will discuss their specialty in relationship to an aspect of the film — history, storytelling, social status and more.

This year features newer films, such as “The Lego Batman Movie,” “Paddington 2” and “Despicable Me 3,” and modern classics such as “The Secret of Nimh,” “The Karate Kid” and “The Princess Bride.” Screening these films gives parents an opportunity to show off some of their childhood favorites and children can show some new favorites of today.

The Summer Family Film Series will show only G and PG rated films, for all ages, and free admission. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the showings begin at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, starting this Tuesday and run through Aug. 14.

Summer Series Schedule and Synopsis

The Lego Batman Movie” (2017) — Tuesday

Rated PG, Run time: 1 hour 44 minutes.

LEGO Batman stars in his own big-screen adventure and there are changes brewing in Gotham and if Batman wants to save the city from the Joker’s hostile takeover, he’ll have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try working with others, and maybe learn to lighten up.

“Charlotte’s Web” (2006) — June 19

Rated G, Run time: 1 hour 37 minutes.

Wilbur the pig is scared of the end of the season because he knows that come that time he will end up on the dinner table. Wilbur hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider living in his pen, to ensure this will never happen. Based on E.B. White’s children’s story.

“The Secret of Nihm” (1982) — June 26

Rated G, Run time: 1 hour 22 minutes.

Adapted from Robert C. O’Brien’s children’s book “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of N.I.M.H.” The film is about a widowed mouse whose home is threatened, also, one of her children is ill. On her way to find help she discovers NIMH, a secret society of intelligent rats who escaped a nearby science lab. The rats help the widow protect her family and home.

“The Karate Kid” (1984) — July 3

Rated PG, Run time: 2 hour 6 minutes.

Newly arrived to California from New Jersey, teenager Daniel runs afoul of karate-trained high school bullies. He is rescued by Japanese janitor Miyagi who agrees to teach Daniel how to harness karate for good instead of brutality.

“Paddington 2” (2018) — July 10

Rated PG, Run time: 1 hour 43 minutes.

Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, he spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop and embarks a series of odd jobs to buy it. When the book is stolen it’s up to Paddington and Browns to unmask the thief.

“The Black Stallion” (1979) — July 17

Rated G, Run time: 1 hour 58 minutes.

While traveling with father, Alec becomes fascinated by a Arabian stallion brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on. When the ship sinks, both he and the horse survive only to be stranded on a deserted island. Alec befriends the horse, so when finally rescued both return to his home where they meet Hery Dailey, a once successful trainer. They train The Black to race against the fastest horses in the world.

“Despicable Me 3” (2017) — July 24

Rated PG, Run time: 1 hour 29 minutes.

After being fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of an identity crisis. When a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother — a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps — one former super villain will rediscover how good it feels to be bad.

“Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971) — July 31

Rated G, Run time: 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Enigmatic candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his candy bars. Whoever comes up with the tickets wins a free tour of the Wonka factory and a lifetime supply of candy. The ticket holders learn there’s an adventure in everything. Faithful to the spirit of Roald Dahl’s original book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

“The Muppet Movie” (1979) — Aug. 7

Rated G, Run time: 1 hour 35 minutes.

While living a quiet life in a swamp, Kermit the Frog is approached by a Hollywood agent to audition for the chance of a lifetime. Kermit takes this chance for his big break as he makes the journey to Hollywood. Along the way, he comes across new friends including comedic Fozzie Bear, beautiful and feisty Miss. Piggy and the Great Gonzo. But Kermit must watch out for the ruthless Doc Hopper, who plans to use Kermit as a spokesman for his Frog Legs food chain.

“The Princess Bride” (1987) — August 14

Rated PG, Run time: 1 hour 38 minutes.

When Buttercup is kidnapped by a gang intent of fermenting an international incident they find they pursued the Dread Pirate Roberts who might be Westley, her one true love. Everyone is nasty to Prince Humperdinck, who Buttercup is now betrothed to and seems to care little for her continued survival. The stage is set for swordfights, monsters and tortures — but will Grandpa finish telling the story with all these kissy bates? Based on William Goldman’s book.­­