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Celebrate 2010 with big-screen thrills

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Catch classic films throughout the year Although “Avatar” and “Sherlock Holmes” are killing it at the box office right now, will these films have half the staying power as classics like “Show Boat” and “Casablanca?” Between Silver Screen Classic Movies and Cinema at the State, Auburnites have many opportunities to catch oldies-but-goodies on the big screen this year. The new year marks the 14th year for Silver Screen Classic Movies, which offers free showings of classic films on the first Saturday each month. Films, presented by the Auburn Library, are shown for free at 1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. in the Beecher Room of the Auburn Library, located at 350 Nevada St. For information, call (530) 878-7938, or visit auburnsilverscreen.com. This year’s lineup starts Saturday with “Beauty and the Beast.” This film dates back to 1946, stars Jean Marais and Josette Day, and is presented in French with English subtitles. Other films included in the 2010 Silver Screen Classic Movies lineup are “Easy Living” on Feb. 6, “The Stranger” on March 6, “Murder, He Says” on April 3, “Pat and Mike” on May 1, “The Caine Mutiny” on June 5, “The Mark of Zorro” on July 3, “Topper” on Aug. 7, “The Grapes of Wrath” on Sept. 4, “Steamboat Bill, Jr.” on Oct. 2, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” on Nov. 6 and “Show Boat” on Dec. 4. Also continuing into 2010 is the Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center inaugural “Cinema at the State” film series, which kicked off in September 2009. The 2009-2010 season continues with “Run Lola Run” at 7 p.m. Jan. 21. Upcoming films include “Annie Hall” on Feb. 18, “Diner” on March 18, an Alfred Hitchcock film festival April 16-18, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” on May 20, “American Graffiti” on June 17, “2001: A Space Odyssey” on July 15, and “Casablanca” on Aug. 19. Films are shown the third Thursday of each month at the State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way. Admission is $8 per person. Find the schedule and more information at livefromauburn.com. ~Loryll Nicolaisen