5 Classic Alfred Hitchcock Movies Coming To Murrieta Big Screen


MURRIETA, CA — Five iconic films from one of the most influential figures in the history of cinema will screen in Murrieta as part of “Hitchcocktober” at Reading Cinemas Cal Oaks.

The movie theater at 41090 California Oaks Road is rolling out the red carpet for the five Alfred Hitchcock films — one featured every Wednesday in October — “The Birds” (1963) 7 pm Oct. 5; “Rope” (1948) 7 p.m. Oct. 12; “Dial M For Murder” 3D (1954) 7pm Oct. 19; “Saboteur” (1942) 7 p.m. Oct. 26; and “Psycho” (1960) 7 pm Oct. 31.

All tickets are $13.50 each. Due to limited seating, guests are encouraged to buy tickets in advance, either online or through the Reading Cinemas US app. For additional information, visit ReadingCinemasUS.com.

The “Hitchcocktober” Lineup:

“The Birds” (1963); 7 p.m. Oct. 5

Hitchcock’s iconic classic “The Birds” turns seemingly harmless creatures into some of the most terrifying villains in horror-movie history. Starring Rod Taylor, Tippi Hendren, Suzanne Pleshette and Jessica Tandy, the story begins as an innocuous love triangle, but turns dark when the characters’ sense of security is slowly eroded by the curious behavior of birds in the area. Panic mounts as birds murder a chicken farmer by pecking him to death, create a flash fire at a gas station, and swarm over the local children as they leave school. (120 mins., rated PG13)

“Rope” (1948); 7 p.m. Oct. 12

Hitchcock’s first color film, “Rope” goes down in history for flowing in one seemingly uninterrupted take as it follows two college chums, Farley Granger and John Dall, who kill a third friend just for the thrill of it. The boys hide the body in an antique chest in the middle of their posh apartment, then perversely arrange to hold a dinner party around the chest. As the guests wander obliviously around the sealed chest, the killers make snippy, veiled comments about their deed, but their professor, James Stewart, begins to suspect that something is amiss. (80 mins, rated PG)

“Dial M For Murder” 3D (1954); 7 p.m. Oct. 19

Yes, 3D! Hitchcock’s 1954 classic was originally shot in 3D but rarely seen that way by moviegoers. The film has been restored for high-resolution 3D digital presentation. “Dial M For Murder” is a sophisticated, chillingly sinister thriller from Hitchcock. Based on the popular mystery play by Frederick Knott and led by an unforgettable performance by Grace Kelly, the film follows an ex-tennis star who frames his unfaithful wife for first-degree murder after she inadvertently hinders his plan to kill her. (105 mins, rated PG)

“Saboteur” (1942); 7 p.m. Oct. 26

Factory worker Barry Kane (Robert Cummings) is wrongfully accused of setting a deadly fire at an airplane plant in an apparent act of sabotage. Kane believes that the fire was set by another worker (Norman Lloyd), and he travels across the country to find the mysterious saboteur. Along the way, he is forced to take Patricia Martin (Priscilla Lane) hostage, but as he begins to earn her trust, she turns from an unwilling captive to a willing accomplice in his quest to help clear his name. (109 mins., rated PG)

“Psycho” (1960); 7 p.m. Oct. 31

Alfred Hitchcock’s landmark masterpiece of the macabre stars Anthony Perkins as the troubled Norman Bates, whose old dark house and adjacent motel are not the place to spend a quiet evening. When Marion Crane, spectacularly played by Janet Leigh, ends up at the Bates Motel after making off with $40,000 cash, there’s hardly a film fan alive who doesn’t know what happens next. First a private detective, then Marion’s sister search for her as the horror and suspense mount to a terrifying climax where the mysterious killer is finally revealed. (109 mins., rated R)

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