Museum launches midnight movies

A local museum director hopes to start a midnight movie tradition.

Beginning Saturday, The Armstrong Air and Space Museum is hosting a midnight showing of a science fiction once a month, on the 56-foot diameter Astro Theatre in the museum.

“Midnight movie screenings are a long tradition in the sci-fi genre,” The Armstrong Air and Space Museum Executive Director Chris Burton said. “The series will also feature films not commonly experienced in a cinema setting.”

Burton said that this is a way to utilize the theatre and host evening attractions for the community.

“We have this theatre, with a large screen, so it’s an interesting venue,” Burton said. “This is a good opportunity for us.”

The Ed Wood Classic — “Plan 9 from Outer Space” — featuring Bela Lugosi will be the movie this Saturday, and will begin at 11:30 p.m. Admission is $1.

People will be able to watch movies, such as “A Trip to the Moon,” and “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians,” which are a few of the movies on this year’s agenda.

“Audiences can expect classic sci-fi from the ’50s, Japanese monster movies and the occasional recent release — especially during the Summer Moon Festival in July,” Burton said.

Burton recalls that the museum has had special screenings of “Apollo 13” and “Galaxy Quest,” when they were released, but they have not had anything like this.

“I think this is a great fit,” Burton said. “I think a lot of people will be interested to see the movies.”

Each movie will be some sort of space adventure movie, and Burton will be open to suggestions for the monthly showings.

The Midnight Movie Series is one movie a month, which will begin at 11:30 p.m. every first Saturday of the month, with the exception of this month showing the movie on this Saturday (May 12). Admission is $1, and each screening will have common theatre refreshments, including popcorn, candy and soda available for purchase.

“It’s a fantastic value for teens and college students or anyone looking for something to do after-hours,” Burton said. “Same day visitors and Association members will be admitted free to the midnight movies.”