KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Summer Movie Magic, the annual classic film series at the historic Tennessee Theatre presented by AT&T Real Yellow Pages with support from the News Sentinel, kicks off the 2008 season on June 22, with screenings of Thunder Road and festivities celebrating the film’s 50th anniversary including the attendance of James Mitchum, Thunder Road co-star.

The East Tennessee Region Antique Automobile Club of America will display a collection of Thunder Road-era cars and is coordinating a weekend of events surrounding the anniversary, to include a reenactment of the film’s famous chase scene and a parade of classic cars. The Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound at the East Tennessee History Center will screen original trailers, vintage local ads, and classic film previews.

Series passes are on sale now and will be available up until the first screening. Single tickets go on sale June 2. Single tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for youth ages 12 and under and seniors 60 and over, plus $2 per-ticket service fee for tickets purchased online and by phone. Series subscriptions are available for $40.50 adults, $30 youth/senior. Tickets are available at the Tennessee Theatre box office, by phone at (865) 684-1200 or in the online gift shop at

All seating is general admission. The theater opens one hour prior to each performance. Sodas, water, popcorn and other snacks will be sold at each performance. Bill Snyder will play the Mighty Wurlitzer before every feature film.

Summer Movie Magic 2008 screenings include Thunder Road, The Seven Year Itch, Vertigo, Grease, It Happened One Night and Gone with the Wind. For more movie information, contact the box office at (865)684-1200.

For more information, contact Paige Travis of AC Entertainment at (865) 523-2665.