Since a 100th anniversary is such a substantial one deserving a substantial celebration, the downtown Colonial Theatre continue to honor the 100 years of film shown on its site by sampling 100 years of movies. Scheduling them so that in the passing of the year reflects the passing of the century, June brings the series to the late 1950s.

June’s free showings will be featured at different times from those in previous months because of the earlier summer current-movies screening times. On Monday, June 4 the series will offer “Vertigo” from 1958, which runs two hours and 10 minutes, at 5:20 p.m. Alfred Hitchcock’s crowning achievement, this complex and haunting film features a bewitching Kim Novak, Jimmy Stewart at his darkest and Barbara Bel Geddes. “Love in the Afternoon” from 1957, running two hours and 10 minutes, will start at 5:30 p.m. Billy Wilder directs Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper in this witty treat, an old fashioned May-December romance set in a misty Paris.

On Monday, June 11 the series will screen “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” from 1958, which runs an hour and 50 minutes, at 5:20 p.m. Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman burn up the screen in Tennessee Williams’ drama of love, rejection and Southern family politics. Burl Ives co-stars as Big Daddy. At 5:30 p.m., the Colonial will offer “Forbidden Planet” from 1956, running an hour and 40 minutes. This top-notch psychological thriller has a story based on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” A dashing Leslie Nielsen stars but Robby the Robot and quaint special effects steal the show.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or