A Tribute to Mal Vincent – A Summer Festival of Classic Films

In Memoriam

A series of classic films in July & August hosted by friends of Mal Vincent on Monday evenings (Also Tuesday matinees without hosts)

As you know, Mal was irreplaceable, whether as the Virginian-Pilot’s film critic for more than half a century (his annual Oscar picks were always an event), as a guest on countless local radio broadcasts, or just as a friend sharing one of his latest Hollywood exploits over the phone. It was Mal’s wish that his yearly festival of classic films at the Naro would continue. So, we have assembled a group of local celebrities and cinephiles to step in as hosts for some of Mal’s favorite films from past festivals, some he had planned to share in the future, as well as other Hollywood classics. No one can fill his shoes, but we’ll do our best to do justice to his memory and to the movies he adored.

2024 Summer Classics Film Calendar

All films in the series show Monday evenings at 7:00 pm (when hosts start their introductions) and a Tuesday matinee at 1:00 pm. Guest hosts will only be present at the Monday night presentations. Tickets go on sale about 45 mins before scheduled time.

SEATING: All tickets are for general admission, specific seats are not reserved. Naro Ticket Book coupons are valid for all films, but do not guarantee you a seat. Because of the popularity of these screenings – often sell-outs – we offer “guaranteed seating” in two ways: 1) you can purchase your ticket online, or you can exchange a Naro Ticket Book coupon in person at our box office  starting on the Friday prior to the show through late Monday afternoon, subject to availability.

The Odd Couple

Monday, July 15th at 7pm (hosted) & Tuesday, July 16th at 1pm

When fussy Felix (Jack Lemmon) becomes suicidal over his impending divorce, he accepts an offer to move in with his best friend, messy Oscar (Walter Matthau). Felix drives Oscar crazy with his obsession over his soon-to-be ex. Oscar tries to get him out of his funk by arranging a double date with two wacky British neighbors, Cecily (Monica Evans) and Gwendolyn (Carole Shelley). When the plan backfires and Felix grows even more despondent, his friendship with Oscar is put to the test. Enlivening Neil Simon‘s crackerjack script with their harmonious rapport, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau are a perfect pairing. (1968, 1h 45m)

MONDAY NIGHT PRESENTER: Joe Flanagan started out as co-host of PM Magazine in 1980, but he is best remembered for his 31 years at WVEC-TV13 reporting, anchoring, and doing his ever popular Joe’s Job series.


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The Philadelphia Story

Monday, July 8th at 7pm (hosted) & Tuesday, July 9th at 1pm

This classic romantic comedy focuses on Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn), a Philadelphia socialite who has split from her husband, C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant), due both to his drinking and to her overly demanding nature. As Tracy prepares to wed the wealthy George Kittredge (John Howard), she crosses paths with both Dexter and prying reporter Macaulay Connor (James Stewart). Unclear about her feelings for all three men, Tracy must decide whom she truly loves. Offering a wonderfully witty script, spotless direction from George Cukor, and typically excellent lead performances, The Philadelphia Story is an unqualified classic. (1940, 1h 52m)

MONDAY NIGHT PRESENTER: Danny Epperson is an Emmy award-winning producer, director, writer, editor, actor, and television host. His most recent hosting duties were with WHRO Public Media’s “Cinema 15” classic film series. At WHRO, Danny also produced “This Week in Mal’s World,” an award-winning podcast featuring legendary film critic, Mal Vincent. Danny also produced the daily talk radio program, “HearSay with Cathy Lewis” on WHRV-FM.



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Father of the Bride

Monday, July 22nd at 7pm (hosted) & Tuesday, July 23rd at 1pm

When beautiful Kay Banks (Elizabeth Taylor) announces her engagement to Buckley Dunstan (Don Taylor), her doting middle-class father, Stan (Spencer Tracy), must contend with a variety of problems, ranging from money issues to wedding planning difficulties. As things get hectic, Stan’s wife, Ellie (Joan Bennett), tries to be the calm in the center of the storm. At the heart of the comedy, though, is Stan’s emotional tie to his little girl, and his realization that she has indeed grown up. With a terrific script, great performances from Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor, and assured direction from Vincent Minnelli, Father of the Bride endures as a sparkling comedy of its era. (1950, 1h 33m)

MONDAY NIGHT PRESENTER: Since 1985, Mike Gooding has worked at WVEC 13 News Now, where he serves as senior military & political reporter. He has covered wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo. He attended Old Dominion University.


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To Kill a Mockingbird

Monday, July 29th at 7pm (hosted) & Tuesday, July 30th at 1pm

Scout Finch (Mary Badham), 6,and her older brother, Jem (Phillip Alford), live in sleepy Maycomb, Ala., spending much of their time with their friend Dill (John Megna) and spying on their reclusive and mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley (Robert Duvall). When Atticus (Gregory Peck), their widowed father and a respected lawyer, defends a black man named Tom Robinson (Brock Peters) against fabricated rape charges, the trial and tangent events expose the children to evils of racism and stereotyping. To Kill a Mockingbird is a textbook example of a message movie done right — sober-minded and earnest, but never letting its social conscience get in the way of gripping drama. The film won three Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Peck, and was nominated for eight, including Best Picture. In 1995, the film was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.  (1962, 2h 9m)

MONDAY NIGHT PRESENTER: Page Laws was a close companion of Mal’s. She is Emerita Professor of English and was founding Dean of the Robert C Nusbaum Honors College at Norfolk State University.


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Monday, August 5th at 7pm (hosted) & Tuesday, August 6th at 1pm

Elwood P. Dowd (James Stewart) is a wealthy drunk who starts having visions of a giant rabbit named Harvey. Elwood lives with his sister Veta (Josephine Hull) and her daughter (Victoria Horne), and Veta worries that Elwood has gone insane. In the process of trying to have him committed, Veta admits that she occasionally sees Harvey herself. The director of the mental home, Dr. Chumley (Cecil Kellaway), tries to reconcile his duty to help Elwood with his own growing experiences with Harvey. Based on a Pulitzer-prize winning play, critics found the moving charming and one of Stewart’s best performances. (1950, 1h 44m)

MONDAY NIGHT PRESENTER: Terry Lindvall occupies the C. S. Lewis Chair of Communication and Christian Thought at Virginia Wesleyan University. He has published fourteen books including God on the Big Screen (NYU Press, 2019), recently adapted as a feature film, Hollywood, Teach Us to Pray (2023). He has attended the NARO since he saw Aguirre, the Wrath of God in 1978.


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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Monday, August 12th at 7pm (hosted) & Tuesday, August 13th at 1pm

The true story of fast-draws and wild rides, battles with posses, train and bank robberies, a torrid love affair and a new lease on outlaw life in far away Bolivia. It is also a character study of a remarkable friendship between Butch – possibly the most likeable outlaw in frontier history – and his closest associate, the fabled, ever-dangerous Sundance Kid. With its iconic pairing of Paul Newman and Robert Redford, jaunty screenplay and Burt Bacharach score, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid has gone down as among the defining moments in late-’60s American cinema. Directed by George Roy Hill. (1969, 1h 50m)

“Note-perfect performances, a screenplay steeped in both nostalgia and a timely sense of insight, and anti-heroes you can’t help but love: it’s no surprise that the always re-watchable Butch And Sundance was once labelled the most likeable film ever made.” – Bob McCabe, Empire Magazine

MONDAY NIGHT PRESENTER: Jim Newsom is a musician and songwriter, retired bank executive, and was known locally as “the guy on WHRO for 40 years.”


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To Catch a Thief

Monday, August 19th at 7pm (hosted) & Tuesday, August 20th at 1pm

Notorious cat burglar John Robie (Cary Grant) has long since retired to tend vineyards on the French Riviera. When a series of robberies is committed in his style, John must clear his name. Armed with a list of people who own the most expensive jewels currently in the area, John begins following the first owner, young Francie (Grace Kelly). When her jewels are stolen, Francie suspects John, destroying their tentative romance. John goes on the lam to catch the thief and clear his own name. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. (1955, 1h 46m)

To Catch a Thief does nothing but give out a good, exciting time. If you’ll settle for that at a movie, you should give it your custom right now.” – Bosley Crowther, New York Times (original review)

“Alfred Hitchcock’s fluffy 1955 exercise in light comedy, minimal mystery, and good-natured eroticism (the fireworks scene is a classic).” – Don Druker, Chicago Reader (looking back review)

MONDAY NIGHT PRESENTER: Dr. Christopher Palestrant is Professor of Music at Elizabeth City State University, a composer and lecturer. He has given popular multimedia presentations on film music for audiences from the mid-Atlantic to Beijing, China.


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