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Family Matinee: Mythical Monsters & Beasts

King Kong (1933)

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Saturday 5/23
2:00 pm
$5 Adults & Children (over age 2)
FREE IHP Members

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dirs. Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933, USA, 35mm, 100min.

Carl Denham, an arrogant documentary filmmaker, organizes a trek into uncharted territory to capture a legendary beast that he can bring back to civilization and exploit for profit. After hiring an attractive young woman to star in his film and help him on his mission, Denham leads his crew to the mysterious, fog-enshrouded Skull Island where they encounter something beyond their imagination.


Named one of the 50 best American films by AFI, and selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Archive, King Kong is the quintessential monster movie. Although the film failed to win any awards, it was a special-effects marvel of its time, featuring the 50-foot-tall titular star alongside the other creatures inhabiting Skull Island, and gave life to an enduring contemporary cultural symbol of both unleashed savagery and nobility brought down by greed.


Support for IHP's Family Matinee series is provided in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.