The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., is celebrating its 90th birthday with a series of classic films from each of the past nine decades weekends through Sept. 22. Each film is introduced from longtime Strand Theatre Manager Liz McLeod, who also programmed the series. All tickets are the $7.50 matinee price, available at the box office 30 minutes prior to each screening.

The series continues Saturday, Aug. 24, at 3 p.m. with 1943’s “Casablanca,” winner of Academy Awards for Best Picture, Screenplay and Director (Michael Curtiz). Rick (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) rekindle their past and stir up wartime intrigue in the most popular screen romance of all time. Co-stars include Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre and Dooley Wilson (singing "As Time Goes By").

In 1953’s landmark “From Here to Eternity,” showing Sunday, Aug. 25, at 1 p.m., passion and tragedy collide on a military base as a fateful day in December 1941 draws near. Private Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) is a soldier and former boxer being manipulated by his superior and peers. His friend Maggio (Frank Sinatra) tries to help him but has his own troubles. Sergeant Warden (Burt Lancaster) and Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr) tread on dangerous ground as lovers in an illicit affair. The film won eight Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting awards for Sinatra, in a career-defining role; and for Donna Reed, as a not-so-wholesome club hostess.

Upcoming in the series are: “The Birds” (1963), Aug. 31 at 3 p.m.; “Soylent Green” (1973), Sept. 1 at 1 p.m.; “The Big Chill” (1983), Sept. 14 at 3 p.m.; “Philadelphia” (1993), Sept. 15 at 1 p.m.; and “Lost in Translation” (2003), Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. For information about film ratings and about all Strand Theatre films, concerts and events visit or call 594-0070.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or