Anniversary Screening Set in the car cruising culture of 1962 Modesto, director George Lucas’ 1973 coming-of-age classic American Graffiti featured a constellation of future stars including Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard and Harrison Ford. Co-stars Candy Clark and Charles Martin Smith will join co-writers Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck for a post-screening Q&A. Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre, 8556 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 478-3836. Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. $12-$15.
Lessons Learned: Teachers and Students on Film Australian director Peter Weir’s 1975 classic, Picnic at Hanging Rock, is a sun-drenched but utterly haunting tale of a group of schoolgirls, all lovely in their long-white dresses, who disappear along with one of their teachers at a Valentine’s Day picnic. The series continues with Akira Kurosawa’s 1993 Madadayo (Nov. 2) and 1967’s To Sir, With Love starring Sidney Poitier (Nov. 9). Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 449-6840. “Picnic,” Oct. 26, 5:30 p.m. Free with museum admission.
Down and Dirty in Gower Gulch The series celebrating the so-called Poverty Row Films, low-budget B movies from the 1930s and 1940s, kicks off with the 1933 pre-code horror film The Vampire Bat. Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas and Lionel Atwill star. UCLA Film & Television Archive, Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. UCLA: (310) 206-8013. Oct. 27, 9 p.m. $10 for movie only. Gala and movie, $250+. Series continues through Dec. 8.
Old Town Music Hall The rare original cut of the 1925 silent horror classic The Phantom of the Opera stars Lon Chaney in one of his most unforgettable roles. Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo, (310) 322-2592. Oct. 26, 8:15 p.m.; Oct. 27, 2:30 and 8:15 p.m.; Oct. 28, 2:30 p.m. $8-$10. No credit cards.
All Night Horrorthon The hardcore (and nocturnal) audience will be rewarded with seven feature films, special guests, pizza, coffee and Monster drinks. Jason X (2002); Body Melt (1993); Link (1986); Maximum Overdrive (1986); Zombie 3 (1988); Curtains (1983) and Antropophagus (1980). American Cinematheque, Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, (310) 260-1528. Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. $20-$25.