Movie Madness University

Movie Madness University is a film appreciation program from the Hollywood Theatre and Movie Madness. Our class offerings range from in-depth four-week seminars to casual curated film series to virtual presentations. The goal of all of our programming is to help people learn more about movies; explore Movie Madness' world-class collection; and meet like-minded film lovers. Classes are held at Movie Madness (4320 SE Belmont), in our state-of-the-art Miniplex. If you have any questions about the program, feel free to email education@moviemadness.org.

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Upcoming classes:

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International Cult Horror of the 1970's

The culture and turmoil of the 1970s made the decade a thriving time for cinema. While films like THE EXORCIST, CARRIE, and HALLOWEEN killed at the box office, the international films of the era are lesser known to American audiences.

This course will provide a deep dive into international horror films released in the ‘70s—films that would go on to inspire American classics. Each class will feature a pre-film lecture providing history and context and a post-film discussion facilitated by our instructor.

There will be an in-person class, held Tuesdays in February. Masks and proof of vaccination are required.

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Crash Course: Kids on Bikes Can Do Anything

The trope of all tropes: kids on bikes! A group of lovable misfits on Flyer bikes sets off for adventure and finds themselves confronting evil lurking in their neighborhood that the responsible adults have chosen to ignore—all while growing up, fighting monsters, and riding bikes to a sweet soundtrack with friends! This low-intensity class will present key films in the “kids on bikes” genre, while exploring how this trope began and how it has evolved since the 1980s. 

This casual class structure will feature opening remarks from our staff instructor before each film, but no formal lecture or discussion.

This is an in-person class held Wednesdays in February. Masks and proof of vaccination are required.

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Study Guides

MMU Study Guides are designed to offer viewing and reading suggestions on a range of cinematic topics, as well as to complement programming at the Hollywood Theatre.

LICORICE PIZZA - Paul Thomas Anderson's 9th film features two novice actors, a "classic screwball comedy premise," and a drawn-from-life '70s LA setting. Read more.

THE POWER OF THE DOG - Jane Campion's triumphant return to filmmaking features a career-best performance from Benedict Cumberbatch. Read more.


Past MMU Events

MMU has covered a wide range of films and topics, with instructors and special guests that run the gamut of film professions. Past instructors and guests include Hollywood programmers Dan Halsted and Anthony Hudson (Queer Horror), writer Robin Schiff (ROMY & MICHELE'S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION), author and film critic Shawn Levy, and filmmakers Peter Bogdanovich, John Sayles, and Joe Dante.

Find all past MMU events here (Hollywood and Movie Madness Members can watch recordings of past events for free!)


FAQ

What is MMU?
Movie Madness University is the Hollywood Theatre's education program, featuring lectures and interactive discussions about some of your favorite films. You can find past MMU events here (Hollywood and Movie Madness Members can watch recordings of past events for free!)

Where are your classes held?
In-person classes are held at Movie Madness (4320 SE Belmont), in our state-of-the-art Miniplex.