Growing Up ’80s brings totally awesome ’80s movies to Grass Valley’s Del Oro |

Growing Up ’80s brings totally awesome ’80s movies to Grass Valley’s Del Oro

The Breakfast Club, starring Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall, is one of a series of 1980s films returning to the Del Oro Theatre in Grass Valley in April.
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Growing Up ’80s

April 1: Sixteen Candles (1984), 93 min. R

April 8: The Breakfast Club (1985), 97 min. R

April 15: Pretty in Pink (1986), 96 min. PG-13

April 22: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), 103 min. PG-13

April 29: Say Anything (1989), 100 min. PG-13

Like, oh my God! Did you grow up in the ’80s? Or maybe your mom did — and you’ve just realized that is so cool!

Well, either way, don’t miss the five most totally awesome 1980s movies on the big screen at Del Oro this April. Every Wednesday, you can flash back to being a teenager with Molly Ringwald, Matthew Broderick, and Emilio Estevez with movies like Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

The series begins April 1, and runs every Wednesday at 7 p.m. through April 29. All tickets are $7.

The series begins with Sixteen Candles (1984) on April 1, starring Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall and directed by John Hughes. On the eve of her sister’s wedding, suburban teenager Samantha (Molly Ringwald) suffers silently as her family forgets her birthday. Her “sweet sixteenth” birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.

The second movie in the series is The Breakfast Club (1985) on April 8, another classic John Hughes story that celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Trapped in a day-long Saturday detention in a prison-like school library are Claire, the princess (Molly Ringwald); Andrew, the jock (Emilio Estevez); John, the criminal (Judd Nelson); Brian, the brain (Anthony Michael Hall); and Allison, the basket case (Ally Sheedy). These five strangers begin the day with nothing in common, each bound to his/her place in the high school caste system. Yet the students bond together when faced with the villainous principal and they realize that they have more in common than they may think.

Next, on April 15, another John Hughes classic 80’s Brat Pack romance, based on the Cinderella story — Pretty in Pink (1986). A poor girl (Molly Ringwald) must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart (Jon Cryer) and a rich but sensitive playboy (Andrew McCarthy). The romance versus high school social politics finally culminates at the big night of the prom.

Bueller? … Bueller? …. Bueller? … Teenaged Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is a legend in his own time thanks to his uncanny skill at cutting classes and getting away with it. Intending to make one last grand duck-out before graduation, Ferris calls in sick, “borrows” a Ferrari, and embarks on a one-day bacchanal through the streets of Chicago. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), yet another John Hughes celebration of teenager-ness, plays April 22.

Jump ahead to 1989 for the last movie in the series, Cameron Crowe’s breakout movie, Say Anything. A high-school valedictorian (Ione Skye) begins dating an irresponsible army brat (John Cusack), much to the dismay of her father. After breaking off the relationship and being pursued for the remainder of the summer by the boy she dropped, she finds that there’s much more to life than just perfection. Say Anything plays April 29.

Break out the hairspray and shoulder pads, peg your pants, and come down to Del Oro for some retro fun! There will be prizes! All tickets are only $7. All shows start at 7 p.m. Advanced tickets are available at the Del Oro Box Office or at

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