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The Carol Elifritz Movie Festival 2017

Bethany Lutheran Church

1000 Noe-Bixby Rd. ; Columbus, Ohio 43213 

This event is sponsored by the Bethany Lutheran Church Youth Group.  Please join us for Free Admission, Free Parking & Free Popcorn.  Bring a non-alcoholic beverage of your choice.

June 7, 7:00pm

CAPRICORN ONE (1978) What if one of the greatest space adventures was really a hoax?  The whole world is watching the first manned flight to Mars.  Suddenly, its astronauts (James Brolin, Sam Waterson & O.J. Simpson) are taken from the craft to an abandoned desert hanger where NASA’s director (Hal Holbrook) tells them….well find out for yourself.


June 14, 7:00pm

THE ROBE (1953)  This picture was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Richard Burton.  Burton stars as Marcellus Gallio, the Roman centurion charged with overseeing the crucifixion.  But when he wins Christ’s robe in a gambling game at the foot of the cross, his life is changed forever.


June 21, 7:00pm

IN OUR TIME (1944) Ida Lupina and Paul Henreid fall in love while Poland falls to the Nazis in this stirring wartime drama.  English tourist Jenny Ghitterdge (Lupina) travels to Warsaw to buy antiques and meets Stephan Orvid (Henreid) a Polish count she marries after a whirlwind courtship.  Their happiness is short-lived.  When Hitler invades, the couple must decide whether to defend the land or flee the German army.


June 28, 7:00pm

OKLAHOMA (1999) Rogers and Hammerstein’s great musical brought to the London stage by the Royal National Theatre.  This musical was directed by Broadway great Trevor Numm (Les Miserables, Sunset Boulevard) and choreographed by the gifted Susan Stroman (director and choreographer of The Producers).


July 5, 7:00pm

BELLA (2006) An international soccer star (Eduardo Verastegui) is on his way to sign a multimillion dollar contract when a series of events unfold that brings his career to an abrupt end.  A waitress struggling to make it in New York City, discovers something about herself that she’s unprepared for.  In one irreversible moment, their lives are turned upside down…until a simple gesture of kindness bring them both together, turning an ordinary day into an unforgettable experience.


July 12, 2:00-4:00pm


Snacks, Bible Stories, and the movie Frozen

Adult must accompany children


July 12, 7:00pm

GET SMART (2008) Steve Carell is in CONTROL as Maxwell Smart, the novice agent often out of his depth but never out of options in this action comedy pitting him against the nuclear scheme of the evil spy group KAOS.  Anne Hathaway partners with Max as ever-capable Agent 99.  “A laugh a minute.  Get Smart is a summer smash!” so wrote Larry King.


July 19, 2:00-4:00pm


Snacks, Bible Stories, and the movie Pete’s Dragon

Adult must accompany children


July 19, 7:00pm

WINGS (1927) This timeless story of love and loss follows two men who go to war and the girl they leave behind.   Popular Twenties “It” girl Clara Bow stars in this unforgettable World War I epic.  The aerial battle sequences still rank among the best in motion picture history.  This film won the first Academy Award for Best Picture.  Score composed by J.S. Zamcnik.


July 26, 2:00-4:00pm


Snacks, Bible Stories, and the movie Moana

Adult must accompany children


July 26, 7:00pm

GOLDFINGER (1964) It’s James Bond at his very best.  It is Sean Connery as Agent 007 on an exhilarating, pulse-pounding thrill ride.  “The best of all the Bonds” says Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Time.


August 2, 6:00pm

NOAH (2014) Note the hour earlier time. This evening we will have an extended gathering with a light dinner starting at six.

A discussion will follow the movie for those who’d like to “unpack” this controversial movie within many Christian groups at its release.  Because of so much “bad press” many Christians were “put off” from seeing this remarkable film. Now is your opportunity to judge for yourself in this story of courage, sacrifice and hope hailed as “one of the most unforgettable Biblical epics ever put on film.”  Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times.



August 9th, 7:00pm

U-571 (2000) A U.S. Navy Captain and his crew are just beginning to enjoy 48 hours of leave when they receive word to immediately return to duty.  On a top-secret assignment, they must disguise themselves as Nazis and infiltrate a severely damaged Nazi U-boat.  Once on board, they are to steal the Nazis’ top-secret decoding device and sink the sub before the Germans catch on to what’s really happening.  Their mission is more dangerous and frightening than anything they could have ever imagined, but one which has the power to turn the tide of battle.


August 16th, 7:00pm

CASABLANCA (1943) Casablanca: easy to enter, but much harder to leave, especially if your name is on the Nazis’ most-wanted list.  Atop that list is Czeck Resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), whose only hope is Rick Blane(Humphrey Bogart), a cynical American who sticks his neck out for no one…especially Victor’s wife (Ingrid Bergman), the ex-lover who broke his heart.  Winner of three Academy Awards including Best Picture.  “The best Hollywood move of all time,” says Leonard Maltin.


August 23rd, 7:00pm

HIDDEN FIGURES (2016) The United States is in a space race with the Soviet Union.  The Russians have made scientific advances in space flight that are leaving the Americans in the dust.  New levels of mathematics and equations are desperately needed, and needed NOW.  These precise figures are needed not only to catch up with the Russians but to also keep the Mercury Eight astronauts safe.  However, long nagging color barriers may be just that; barriers to success. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae and Kevin Costner give Academy Award performances in this inspirational film that packed audiences week after week, month after month in theaters around the country.