John Williams scored ‘Valley of the Dolls.’ It’s true.
Yes, the proliferation of ultraswank movie theaters has made it easier to wine, dine, and recline while watching the newest releases on massive screens. But sometimes you crave an old-fashioned moviegoing experience, especially when viewing a classic. Thankfully, Cambridge’s Brattle Theatre hasn’t gone the way of plush seats, special effects, and gourmet nachos. Case in point: On Thursday, May 5, it will run 1967’s camp-fest “Valley of the Dolls” as part of its John Williams Scores series. Pay tribute to the recently deceased Patty Duke, marvel at Sharon Tate’s false eyelashes, and try to guess which actress was supposedly modeled after Judy Garland. And be honest: Did you realize that John Williams wrote the score? We didn’t, either. (We also didn’t realize that Roger Ebert wrote an even campier sequel, “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls,” which doesn’t get much screen time these days.) The movie is part of an ongoing series featuring other Williams soundtracks, including “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” The lights dim at 8 p.m.; tickets are $11. 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, 617-876-6837, www.brattlefilm.org