Egyptian counts down top movies of all time

DeKALB – The Egyptian Theatre will bring 10 of Hollywood’s most iconic movies to DeKalb over 10 weeks in February and March.

“We wanted to bring an artistic, cultural event to the theater to appeal to a variety of people,” said Heather Carr, the theater’s marketing and membership director.

The Egyptian Theatre is partnering with Northern Illinois University and KishHealth System to host the American Film Institute’s top 10 movies of all time.

Original plans to begin with the No. 10 movie, "The Wizard of Oz," on Feb. 2, were scrapped at the request of the film's owners, Carr said. Instead, the theater will begin with the AFI's No. 24 movie, "E.T.: The Extraterrestrial" on Feb. 2.

The following week, the No. 9 movie, "Vertigo," will be shown. The theater will then move up the list each week until it gets to the No. 1, “Citizen Kane,” on April 9.

“The AFI list is often a very popular list, but it’s also a heavily-debated list, which can be fun too,” said Scott Balcerzak, assistant professor of film and literature at NIU and one of the organizers of the film series. Balcerzak is also helping to schedule local experts in film, theater, art, history, dance and literature to provide introductions and lead post-film discussions.

“The movies dictated who to reach out to,” Balcerzak said. “For ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ for instance, we reached out to a professor from the history department.”

The tentative list of experts includes NIU professors, local historians and other experts in a variety of fields.

Ticket prices for the films are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.  A discounted package for admission to all 10 films is $50 for adults and $30 for students and seniors.

There is no charge to watch “Schindler’s List” on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

“These will be fun movies to see on the big screen,” Balcerzak said.

Top 10 Movies of All Time

The American Film Institute’s Top 10 movies of all time will play at The Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. in DeKalb. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. There is no cost to attend the Feb. 12 show. To purchase advance tickets or for more information, visit

10. “The Wizard of Oz,” 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2

9. “Vertigo,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5

8. “Schindler’s List,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12

7. “Lawrence of Arabia,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19

6. “Gone with the Wind,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26

5. “Singin’ in the Rain,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5

4. “Raging Bull,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19

3. “Casablanca,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26

2. “The Godfather,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2

1. “Citizen Kane,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9

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