We are hosting a classic Science Fiction film series at the Beltonian Theater to go along with our temporary exhibit Terror in the Theater: Fifties Fears. All of the films will be offered free, with a short introduction by representatives from the Film Studies Program at Texas A&M University Central Texas.
Film Schedule: (All films at 6pm)
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers October 24
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea November 14
- Godzilla December 5
- The Day the Earth Stood Still January 9
Terror in the Theater: Fifties Fears will be on display October 27, 2018 – January 12, 2019 at the museum. Terror in the Theater showcases the fears faced by the world in the 1950’s, whether real or imagined. The science fiction movies of the time often reflected fears and anxieties of the Cold War era when it seemed that atomic weapons, the rise of Communism, and the confrontation with the Soviet Union threatened the future. These factors, along with increasing numbers of flying saucer sightings, led to a climate of paranoia. Science fiction films of that decade commonly expressed several themes: fear of technology leading to unintended consequences; invasion of the planet by aliens; and the effects of atomic radiation. Included in the exhibit, from the Forrest Ackerman Collection at the American Heritage Center, are posters and photos from 50’s movies contrasted with earlier and later science fiction classics such as King Kong.