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Chris Hicks: The original ‘Ghostbusters’ returns to local theater screens next week

All together now, who ya gonna call? Well, you know. And the original 1984 version of “Ghostbusters” will be back in theaters next week before the new distaff version arrives in July.

Many other vintage favorites are also scheduled to play during June and July, including “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Gone With the Wind,” “Planet of the Apes” and the 1989 version of “Batman.”

“Stage Door” (1937, b/w). Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers and the rest of the cast have a field day with this delightful adaptation of the Broadway comedy-drama about aspiring actresses living together in a New York boarding house and helping (and hindering) each other as they audition. Lucille Ball, Eve Arden and Ann Miller co-star. (Friday, June 10, 10 a.m., SCERA Center for the Arts, Orem)

“Ghostbusters” (1984, PG). This hilarious special-effects farce has the title characters (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson) busting Manhattan spooks until their containment units are overstuffed. Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis and Annie Potts co-star. (Sunday, June 12, 2 and 7 p.m., Megaplex Theaters; Sunday, June 12, and Wednesday, June 15, 2 and 7 p.m., Cinemark Theatres)

“On Moonlight Bay” (1951). Tomboy Doris Day decides to make herself more appealing when dreamboat Gordon MacRae moves in next door in this amusing, sentimental, nostalgic Americana set in the 1910s. Day and MacRae are great singing period songs. Mary Wickes co-stars. (Friday, June 17, 10 a.m., SCERA Center for the Arts, Orem)

“Brigadoon” (1954). Gene Kelly stars in this romantic fantasy, adapted from the Lerner & Loewe Broadway musical, about two Americans (Kelly, Van Johnson) who stumble onto a Scottish village that surfaces only once every 100 years. Cyd Charisse co-stars. (Wednesday, June 22, 2 p.m., free, Salt Lake City Library)

“The Fast and the Furious” (2001, PG-13). The first film in the Fast and the Furious franchise has Los Angeles cop Paul Walker infiltrating a fast-driving gang of truck hijackers and then falling for the sister (Jordana Brewster) of the gang leader (Vin Diesel). It has great action but a thin story. Michelle Rodriguez and Rick Yune co-star. (Wednesday, June 22, 7 p.m., Cinemark Theatres)

“Strangers on a Train” (1951, b/w). While traveling on a train, a tennis pro (Farley Granger) with marital woes is approached by a fan (Robert Walker) who proposes that they swap murders. Granger doesn’t take him seriously, much to his regret. This is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s best thrillers. (Friday, June 24, 10 a.m., SCERA Center for the Arts, Orem)

“Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” (1971, G). One of Gene Wilder’s most famous roles was as the titular candymaker in this colorful, musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” It was scripted by Dahl but is somewhat marred by a surprisingly harsh edge. (Sunday, June 26, and Wednesday, June 29, 2 and 7 p.m., Cinemark Theatres)

“Beach Blanket Bingo” (1965). This silly “Beach Party” sequel with Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon heading the cast offers nostalgic fun for baby boomers, with antics spiked by the presence of Buster Keaton, Don Rickles and Paul Lynde — and a mermaid. (Friday, July 8, 10 a.m., SCERA Center for the Arts, Orem)

“Singin’ in the Rain” (1952). This is quite simply the best musical comedy ever, with memorable songs and hilarious comedy set against Hollywood’s 1927 transition from silent to sound movies. Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor and Jean Hagen are all in top form. (Sunday, July 10, 2 p.m., and Wednesday, July 13, 2 and 7 p.m., Cinemark Theatres)

“George Washington Slept Here” (1942, b/w). Ann Sheridan buys a rundown home in rural Pennsylvania without telling her Manhattanite husband (Jack Benny), believing George Washington once stayed there during the Revolutionary War. But it turns out it was Benedict Arnold. Charles Coburn, Percy Kilbride and Hattie McDaniel co-star in this gentle comedy. (Friday, July 15, 10 a.m., SCERA Center for the Arts, Orem)

“Heaven Can Wait” (1978, PG). Warren Beatty co-wrote, co-directed and starred in this bright and funny remake of “Here Comes Mr. Jordan,” about a man who goes to heaven too soon and is sent back to Earth to inhabit a different body. Julie Christie, James Mason, Jack Warden, Charles Grodin and Dyan Cannon co-star, and Buck Henry co-directs. (Friday, July 22, 10 a.m., SCERA Center for the Arts, Orem)

“Planet of the Apes” (1968, G). Charlton Heston stars in this classic sci-fi thriller (liberally laced with comedy) as an astronaut who crashes on a planet ruled by apes. Parts were filmed in Utah at Lake Powell. Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans and James Whitmore co-star. (Sunday, July 24, and Wednesday, July 27, 2 and 7 p.m., Cinemark Theatres)

“Crossfire Trail” (2001, TV). Tom Selleck stars in this adaptation of a Louis L’Amour story as a highly principled drifter who heads with two pals to Wyoming to fulfill a deathbed promise. Co-stars include Virginia Madsen, Wilford Brimley and Mark Harmon. (Friday, July 29, 10 a.m., SCERA Center for the Arts, Orem)

• “Gone With the Wind” (1939). The highest grossing film to date is still this great Civil War epic, led by Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara. Rhett loves Scarlett, Scarlett loves Ashley (Leslie Howard), Ashley loves Melanie (Olivia de Havilland) — and Atlanta burns. Even at nearly four hours, there’s nary a lull. (Sunday, July 31, 2 p.m., and Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2 and 7 p.m., Cinemark Theatres)

“Father of the Bride” (1950, b/w). After his daughter casually announces her plans to marry into a wealthy family, Spencer Tracy has trouble accepting that his little girl (Elizabeth Taylor) has grown up in this warm and funny comedy. Don Taylor, Billie Burke, Russ Tamblyn, Leo G. Carroll and Utah native Moroni Olsen co-star. (Friday, Aug. 5, 10 a.m., SCERA Center for the Arts, Orem)

“Batman” (1989, PG-13). Michael Keaton, though a controversial choice at the time, is fine as Batman/Bruce Wayne even though Jack Nicholson as the Joker steamrolls over everyone else. Co-stars include Kim Basinger, Billy Dee Williams, Michael Gough and Jack Palance. (Sunday, Aug. 7, 2 p.m., and Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2 and 7 p.m., Cinemark Theatres)

Chris Hicks is the author of "Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind? A Parent’s Guide to Movie Ratings." He also writes at and can be contacted at