Breakin’ (1984)

All Kansas City Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will remain closed all day Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving.

This summer’s Off-the-Wall film series features music-heavy titles from 1984. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a movie under the stars on the Rooftop Terrace.
Off-the-Wall Film Series - 1984: Rave New World
Friday, June 20, 2014
8:45pm @ Central Library

The 2014 edition of the long-running Off-the-Wall Film Series, co-presented by The Kansas City Public Library and The Pitch, features musically-themed titles from 1984.

In Breakin', a struggling jazz dancer (Lucinda Dickey) finds inspiration on the streets, thanks to the moves of Adolfo “Shabba-Do” Quinones and Michael “Boogaloo Shrimp” Chambers. Plotwise the film is typical hey-kids-let’s-put-on-a-show, but it provided for millions an introduction into hip-hop culture and music. Check out Ice-T in his first movie role as a rappin’ emcee.

These five films, presented on one Friday each month from May through September on the Rooftop Terrace of the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., offer a tuneful sampling of what Americans were listening to 30 years ago. Featured are such musical artists as Prince and the Talking Heads, an early cinematic celebration of break dancing, and a classic cult film noted for its innovative musical soundtrack.

      MAY 23 — Footloose (1984; R)
      JUNE 20 — Breakin’ (1984; PG)
      JULY 18 — Purple Rain (1984; R)
      AUGUST 15 — Repo Man (1984; R)
      SEPTEMBER 19 — Stop Making Sense (1984; NR)


Co-sponsored by KC Bier Company, The Milwaukee Delicatessen Company, and the Independent Filmmakers Coalition of Kansas City