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Harry Potter and more cinema happenings for the July 15th weekend & beyond

It's the end of an era as HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 opens this weekend at the Cinerama, the IMAX theater at Pacific Science Center, and elsewhere about town. Look for lines of Gryffindor-scarved folks outside area theaters. If the trailer is any indication, I'm going to leave the Cinerama with tears streaming from my sad Muggle eyes.

Fremont Outdoor Movies takes on the Potterwatchers in an ultimate battle for fan nerd domination on Saturday night with the original glittery vampire love story TWILIGHT.

SIFF Cinema is still enjoying a nice summer break, but on Monday the 18th they'll be showing the National Theater Live broadcast of Anton Chekov's THE CHERRY ORCHARD, starring Zoë Wanamaker as Madame Ranevskaya.

Frye Art Museum has a free screening of A NOT SO STILL LIFE Saturday the 16th at 1pm. This documentary on artist Ginny Ruffner won the Golden Space Needle Audience award at SIFF 2010. Ms. Ruffner will be in attendance as well.

Northwest Film Forum has a week-long runs of PASSIONE: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE, John Turturro's unique musical journey through the streets of Naples, and PUTTY HILL, Matthew Porterfield's film about a group of friends mourning the death of their friend from a heroin overdose in working class Baltimore. Porterfiled will be in attendance for the premiere. 

Central Cinema's programming week starts with Alexander Payne's ELECTION (Pick Flick!) and the recent title-says-it-all HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN starring Rutger Hauer. There's a special TV Dinner on Sunday with the last season finale and new season premiere of BREAKING BAD. Jason Miller's BADMOVIEART returns on Monday with Pia Zadora in THE LONELY LADY. And on Thursday there's a Boys Pajama Party featuring the heroes in a half shell TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. There will be free inflatable swords for all!

Our fellow 50th Street film fans at Grand Illusion Cinema have a week long run of George Lucas' AMERICAN GRAFFITI. Spencer and John from The MacGuffin Podcast will be introducing the film on Friday night and hold contests to win awesome prizes, including some from us. In the Late Night spot is 1979's TOURIST TRAP, widely considered in these parts as one of the best and most underrated slasher films. On Saturday, The Sprocket Society presents FUNNY STUFF: SILENT COMEDIES & CARTOONS, an evening of shorts featuring Charlie Chaplin, Ben Turpin, and Felix the Cat amongst others.

Save the date for Grand Illusion Cinema's 2nd annual fundraiser on Saturday, July 30th with raffles, a silent auction, and a screening of Alfred Hitchcock's REAR WINDOW. Get the details over on their site.