King Kong

USA 1933. Dirs: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack. 104 min. Blu-ray Disc

ALL AGES WELCOME! ► Kong is coming this Halloween season! RKO’s utterly iconic 50-foot-ape-in-Manhattan classic has spawned sequels, remakes, imitations, and inspired-bys — none of which hold a torch to the rough-hewn original. Alberta-born "scream queen" Fay Wray plays the golden-haired object of Kong's infatuation, a New York vagrant cajoled aboard a ship bound for the mysterious Skull Island with the promise of top-billing in a new "exotic" picture. Soon she's dangling from the digits of the oversized primate in a perilous, prehistoric jungle — then atop the Empire State Building — with a foolhardy film director, love-struck first mate, and expendable everyone else in the mix. One of the AFI's top-ten fantasy films of all time, this pathos-imbued monster movie and feast of visual feats (thanks to effects pioneer Willis O'Brien's stop-motion magic) screens here in its definitive 2005 restoration.


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Walk with (or run from) the dinosaurs of Skull Island! After the movie, our award-winning Education Department will put you in Kong’s treacherous jungle using digital effects and green-screen technology. For more on The Cinematheque’s Education Department, visit

Cinema Sunday films are introduced by Vancouver film history teacher, critic, and dashing man of adventure Michael van den Bos. In-theatre giveaways courtesy of Cinema Sunday community sponsors Videomatica Sales and Golden Age Collectables.



★★★★ "King Kong is more than a technical achievement. It is also a curiously touching fable in which the beast is seen, not as a monster of destruction, but as a creature that in its own way wants to do the right thing."

Roger Ebert | full review