‘The Shining’ Screens at Southampton Arts Center

Jack Nicholson in "The Shining"
Jack Nicholson in "The Shining," Courtesy Southampton Arts Center

Southampton Arts Center continues its Free Friday Night Outdoor Screenings with Stanley Kubrick’s “masterpiece of modern horror,” The Shining, on Friday, August 12, presented in partnership with Hamptons International Film Festival and sponsored by Dan’s Papers.

Released in 1980, this chilling adaptation of Stephen King’s 1977 novel is far from a direct interpretation of the book. Starring Jack Nicholson, in one of his most iconic roles, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd and Scatman Crothers, The Shining tells the tale of Jack Torrance, a writer who takes a job as winter caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, an isolated and haunted place that drives him mad. Trapped in the hotel by a snowstorm, Torrance eventually tries to murder his wife and son. Beyond this basic plot, Kubrick’s film is filled with all kinds of unique symbolism, and it’s shot in a way that makes the viewer feel a bit mad, too. Multiple conspiracy theories have been built around this movie, including one that says it’s Kubrick’s apology for staging the moon landing (check out Rodney Ascher’s documentary Room 237 to see them all explained). The theories may (or may not) be as crazy as Jack “Here’s Johnny!” Torrance, but they certainly make The Shining even more compelling to watch. Ultimately, though, the film is a terrifyingly fun cinematic romp. Rated R.

The screening take places on the grounds of the Southampton Arts Center at 25 Jobs Lane in Southampton Village. Bring a blanket or beach chairs and picnic on the lawn!

Guests can let their knowledge shine during a round of The Shining trivia prior to the film.

Approximate start time: 8:30 p.m. on Friday, August 12.

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