Purple Rain

Friday, January 24 - Saturday, January 25, 2020

*Please note the late-night screenings on Fri Jan 24 – Sat Jan 25 begin at 12:10am, not 11:59pm!*

DCP projection


“[A] mesmerizing rock-video psychodrama… Prince plays the Kid, a talented musician who’s still hung up on his relationship with his brooding musician father (Clarence Williams III). The film is like East of Eden replayed as a hyperbolic rock fever dream… the rare pop movie that works the way a great rock & roll song does: It tells a simple, almost elemental tale and uses the music to set it aflame. Prince magnetizes the camera with The Stare — a rivetingly narcissistic, come-hither gaze that’s equal parts genetics, attitude, and eyeliner.” – Entertainment Weekly


Screening as part of our Winter 2020 series, “Waverly Midnights: Late-Night Favorites.”


  • Country USA
  • Rating R
  • Year 1984
  • Running Time 111 minutes
  • Distributor Warner Brothers
  • Director Albert Magnoli
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil

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