Discovery Center to host outdoor movies

Published: 9/25/2020 10:59:50 AM
Modified: 9/25/2020 10:59:40 AM

This October, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will present Sci-Fi Fridays every Friday night at 6 p.m. beginning Oct. 9, with an outdoor movie series celebrating the B-movies of the 1950s and ’60s. The first movie in the series of fun and campy frights will be the Ed Wood-directed, cult-classic Plan 9from Outer Space.

On Oct.16, the Discovery Center will be showing the 1967 Japanese kaiju movie Gappa, also known as Monster from a Prehistoric Planet.

On Oct. 23, the creature-feature will be The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues, and finishing up the series on Oct. 30, movie-goers will be able to watch horror legend Vincent Price in The Last Man on Earth, the first film adaptation of the zombie novel I Am Legend.

All ages are invited to attend this movie series, but families are advised that these films are classified as horror movies and both Plan 9 from Outer Space and The Last Man on Earth do not have a modern rating. While some of the horror elements have lost their scary edge over time, families should use their best judgment in deciding which films are appropriate for them. 

The movies will be screened outside, with seating on the Discovery Center’s lawn. Admission for each movie will be by donation, and, to ensure social distancing, attendance will be limited to the first 50 people. No registration is required. Snacks and drinks, including popcorn, candy, and hot cocoa, will be available for sale. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets, and masks are required. Movies will not be shown in inclement weather, and visitors are welcome to call 271-7827 or check the Discovery Center’s Facebook page to confirm the night’s screening. 

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center features 21st century interactive exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space sciences, an all-digital, full-dome planetarium and a wide variety of science, technology, and engineering and mathematics programs. The engaging, robust educational programs are geared towards families, teens, seniors, students, community groups and lifelong learners. For more information, visit


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