Cinema at the Square offers some classics, says director of new film program at Cleveland State

“Singin’ in the Rain”: Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m.

“Top Hat”: Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m.

“The Wizard of Oz”: Aug. 5, 2 p.m.

“Purple Rain”: Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m.

“Annie”: Aug. 6, 2 p.m.

“When Harry Met Sally”: Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m.

“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”: Aug. 11 7:30 p.m.

“Charade”: Aug. 12, 2 p.m.

“What Ever Happened to Baby Jane”: Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m.

“Charlotte’s Web”: Aug. 13,2 p.m.

“The Blues Brothers”: Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m.

“Casablanca”: Aug. 19 2 p.m.

“The Shining”: Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m.

“Sabrina”: Aug. 20, 2 p.m.

The fast-approaching Cinema at the Square — Playhouse Square’s annual movie series that turns the Connor Palace in Cleveland into an old-fashioned movie house and this year turns 20 — seemed like a good enough reason to pick the brain of Frederic Lahey.

Lahey, formerly the director of the Colorado Film School in Denver, was named director of Cleveland State University’s new School of Film & Media Arts in May and has been on the job only since July 1. Previously, CSU has had a smaller film program inside its communications department, he says.

“We are sort of peeling away from that angle and going into more of a production-oriented curriculum,” he says during a recent phone interview.

Lahey grew up loving books, not films, he says. His love of cinema didn’t happen until adulthood.


“When I had just finished undergraduate, the German new wave came into New York, and I saw the early work of (Werner) Herzog and (Rainer Werner) Fassbinder and Wim Wenders, and I thought that was extraordinarily cool, what they were doing.”

So, from there, it was on to Columbia as a film student.

While Cinema at the Square’s 2017 schedule — the event runs Aug. 3 through 20 — boasts no German new wave, Lahey sees plenty to like. Among the films being shown on the Palace’s 20-foot-by-47-foot screen are “The Wizard of Oz,” “Cat…

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