Prince, Madonna headline double-feature of ’80s classic films

Prince performs in his debut movie “Purple Rain,” the 1984 rock opera about a young man’s search for artistic accomplishment and love.
Prince performs in his debut movie “Purple Rain,” the 1984 rock opera about a young man’s search for artistic accomplishment and love. AP

On April 19, the RetroTreasures series at the Carolina Theatre is serving up a double feature of films headed by two of the biggest pop stars of the ‘80s. First up, there’s the 35th anniversary of “Purple Rain,” starring the late, great Prince, and his backing band, The Revolution. The 1984 box office smash, which won an Oscar for Best Original Song Score, also stars Apollonia Kotero, Clarence Williams III and Morris Day, whose exciting performances with his band, The Time, steal the movie.

Following that is the 1985 comedy-drama “Desperately Seeking Susan,” with Madonna in her first starring role. Rosanna Arquette, Aidan Quinn and Laurie Metcalf also star. The double bill begins at 7 p.m., and admission is $9.

On April 24, the MovieDiva series is featuring William A. Wellman’s 1932 rom-com “Love is a Racket,” starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Ann Dvorak, and Frances Dee. 7 p.m. $7. Details: 919-560-3030 or carolinatheatre.org.

Other Highlights

April 19, the N.C. Museum of Art’s Spring Film Series is featuring Michael Curtiz’s 1941 classic “The Sea Wolf,” starring Michael Curtiz. Edward G. Robinson, Ida Lupino and John Garfield. NCMA Film Curator Laura Boyes introduces the screening at the SECU Auditorium in the East Building. 8 p.m. $5 ($7 for museum members). Details: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org/calendar.

April 19, The Cary theater will show Julian Schnabel’s 2018 drama “At Eternity’s Gate” at 7 p.m., followed by Howard Hawkes’ 1946 mystery classic “The Big Sleep,” starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall as part of the Noir@Nine at 9 p.m. On April 20, it’s Aby Rao’s “Parallel Parking” as part of the Local Premiere Series at 7 p.m.

On April 21, Jafar Panahi’s 2018 drama “3 Faces” screens at 2 p.m. (there will be encores on the April 25 at 2 p.m., and 7 p.m.). On April 25, the Noir@Nine series is featuring Jacques Tourneur’s 1947 crime drama “Out of the Past,” starring Robert Mitchum, at 9 p.m.

Tickets are $3-$5 for each film, except for the “Parallel Parking” event, which is $7. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.

On April 19 to 25, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is hosting Movie Parties for Jonathan Lynn’s 1985 comedy cult classic “Clue.” April 20, it’s “Contact High: A 4/20 Celebration,” which consists of three stoner classics, which won’t be revealed until show time. On April 22, there will be an Earth Day Celebration screening of Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda’s 2012 animated Dr. Suess adaptation of “The Lorax” at 11 a.m. and a Film Club screening of Jacques Demy’s 1964 musical drama “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.”

Newly added on April 23, there will be a free screening of William Dieterle’s 1939 classic “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” for Victory members.

On April 24, the “Get Sad Y’All” series is featuring James Merendino’s 1998 comedy drama “SLC Punk!,” and the Weird Wednesday series presents Chang Cheh’s 1981 action adventure “The Masked Avengers.” Check the Alamo’s website for show-times and ticket prices. Details: drafthouse.com/raleigh.

April 22, Schoolkids Records in Raleigh is showing F. Gary Gray’s 1995 comedy “Friday”as part of the Monday Movies series. 7 p.m. Free. Details: 919-821-7766 or schoolkidsrecords.com.