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The Screen King



You may have heard it's Elvis Week. As titanic as the King was when it came to music, he seeped into the public consciousness almost as much with his film career, appearing in 31 movies in 13 years.

Elvis is returning to Memphis silver screens with a series of films shown across town this week. First up is the Orpheum's presentation of Blue Hawaii on Sunday, August 9th, at 6 p.m. Girls and surf merge in the 50th-state paradise, and the film features Angela Lansbury and Joan Blackman. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under.

On Tuesday, August 11th, there is a whole slate of Elvis on film under one roof. Elvis Film Fest 6 takes over Malco's Studio on the Square beginning at 10 a.m. (and again at 4:10 p.m.) with a screening of Jailhouse Rock — which has the single-best scene in the King's career, with the magnificently choreographed prison dance.

Bikers and carnies converge in Roustabout, showing at 10:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. At noon and 3 p.m., catch Fun in Acapulco, which pairs Elvis with Ursula Andress down Mexico way. Finally, King Creole — a cautionary tale about juvenile delinquency and night-club shenanigans co-starring Walter Matthau — screens at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 per show, and proceeds benefit the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation.

Lastly, how about some nonfiction here? The film festival On Location: Memphis presents the premiere of At the Gates: Elvis Presley Blvd. — about the King's effect on those around him and the millions of fans who flock to Memphis each year — on Wednesday, August 12th, at 5 p.m. Tickets are $35. The doc is showing at Playhouse on the Square, which used to be the Memphian, a movie theater Elvis rented from time to time to watch films privately. After the screening, a discussion with Larry Geller, the filmmakers, and special guests is scheduled.

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