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(Ithaca, NY) – The State Theatre of Ithaca, M&T Bank and The Ithaca Times continue The Classic Movie Series with a very special 30thanniversary screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on Friday, June 3rd at 8pm.

Originally opened in 1928, The State Theatre flourished as a premier entertainment venue and was a source of great pride to Tompkins County residents for many decades. Beginning with vaudeville and then black and white silent film, the theater has evolved with the times. When movies became more popular in the early 1930s, the theater thrived primarily as a cinema house. After World War II, with the advent of television and suburban movie houses, downtown cinema palaces like the State struggled, and eventually large historic theatres like The State stopped screening movies. The State Theatre stopped showing movies in the mid-90’s.  Some of the final films to be screened included “The Shawshank Redemption”, “Natural Born Killers” and “Forrest Gump”.

 Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Teenaged Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is a legend in his own time thanks to his uncanny skill at cutting classes and getting away with it. Intending to make one last grand duck-out before graduation, Ferris calls in sick, “borrows” a Ferrari, and embarks on a one-day bacchanal through the streets of Chicago. Dogging Ferris’ trail at every turn is high-school principal Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), determined to catch Bueller in the act of class-cutting. Writer/director John Hughes once again tries to wed satire, slapstick, and social commentary, as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off starts like a house afire and goes on to make “serious” points about status-seeking and casual parental cruelties. It brightens up considerably in the last few moments, when Ferris’ tattletale sister (Jennifer Grey) decides to align herself with her merry prankster sibling.

General admission tickets for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off are $6 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets are available at the State Theatre Box Office at 105 West State Street, online at or by calling (607) 277-8283.

Ferris Bueller, you’re my hero.

State Theatre of Ithaca Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that owns and operates Tompkins County’s last remaining historic theatre. Their mission is to enhance the cultural life of Ithaca and the Finger Lakes by preserving, operating and promoting the historic State Theatre as an active venue for national, international and community performances and programming.  With just over 1,600 seats, The State Theatre hosts over 85 events each year, including concerts, theatrical productions, comedy shows, dance performances, lectures, readings, community performances and now films. Over 60,000 people will attend events there during the 2015/16 season.

Jolene Almendarez

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