Events

Planet of the Apes

Other Dimensions: Planet of the Apes

  • Fri, Aug 10
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

One of the two great sci-fi films of 1968 (along with 2001) is this Rod Serling–Michael Wilson adaptation of Pierre Boulle’s visionary fable about astronauts discovering a planet on which the rules of evolution appear to be reversed. Knowing the film’s memorable ending doesn’t diminish the consistent wit and insight of this boldly satirical classic.  

Adventures and Quests: The Sea Hawk

Adventures and Quests: The Sea Hawk

  • Tue, Aug 14
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

Buccaneer Geoffrey Thorpe (Errol Flynn) is a sixteenth-century pirate-for-hire to England’s Queen Elizabeth I in this rousing, high-powered swashbuckler that influenced every such adventure epic to follow–both in theme and in style–up to and including Star Wars. Made at the onset of World War II, this rousing adventure let the imaginations of a generation of kids join in the fight for liberty. 

This Island Earth

Space Travel: This Island Earth

  • Wed, Aug 15
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

A brilliant scientist is invited to collaborate on a project to promote world peace, only to discover that the offer is coming from inhabitants of a different world. The planet Metaluna–which is under siege-- wants to move its population to Earth and become its masters. A rousing example of the scientist-as-hero in sci-fi of the fifties.  

I Married a Monster from Outer Space

Alien Encounters: I Married a Monster from Outer Space

  • Thu, Aug 16
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

In this unique portrayal of domestic discord, a young man (Tom Tryon, later a best-selling author) is late to his wedding because his body has been taken over by an alien life form. The wedding takes place anyway, and while all brides and grooms have their differences, there aren’t many that can surpass these!   

Fantastic Voyage (1966)

Other Dimensions: Fantastic Voyage (1966)

  • Fri, Aug 17
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

An important scientist is attacked, and the resulting brain injury is inoperable – from the outside, at least. The solution: shrink a surgical team down to microscopic size and inject them into his bloodstream, so they can operate from the inside. A great sci-fi concept was somewhat limited by the era’s technology, yet it’s still a fondly remembered, brightly colorful adventure. 

The Book of Eli (2010)

Adventures and Quests: The Book of Eli (2010)

  • Fri, Aug 17
  • 7:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

In a post-apocalyptic America, a lone drifter (Denzel Washington) continues his decades-long struggle to protect a book he believes to be sacred – one which can offer salvation to a ravaged civilization. The Detroit-born Hughes Brothers (Menace II Society, Dead Presidents) have fashioned an imaginative and risky sci-fi epic that draws on familiar genres while creating its own singular vision.  

Fiend Without A Face (1958)

Creatures: Fiend Without A Face (1958)

  • Sat, Aug 18
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

A kindly Canadian professor conceives of a way to give mass to human thought, but the results turn out to be unexpectedly horrifying–and deadly. This low-budget but imaginative thriller features one of the most distinctive creatures in science fiction–the literal result of a “brainstorm.” 

I, Robot (2004)

Robots: I, Robot (2004)

  • Sat, Aug 18
  • 7:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

In the year 2035, helpful and industrious robots have become ubiquitous, thanks to the foolproof safety feature built into each machine that enables “the three laws of robotics.” So how could it be that a robot is suspected of a crime – and what are the implications? Based on Isaac Asimov’s landmark 1950 collection of short stories, this futuristic police thriller was produced by and stars Will Smith.   

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

Robots: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

  • Sun, Aug 19
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

The wise, humanoid alien named Klaatu arrives in Washington D.C. to deliver a message of universal peace, yet he’s accompanied by the supremely menacing Gort–a robot so deadly he’s capable of “reducing the Earth to a burned-out cinder.”

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Adventures and Quests: Journey to the Center of the Earth

  • Tue, Aug 21
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

Even in an era when studios regularly turned out big-budget family entertainment, this elegantly crafted Jules Verne adaptation was a standout. A professor (James Mason) leads the members of his expedition down to the center of the planet. Spectacular perils threaten their adventure, by way of action sequences that clearly influenced 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, which was produced and co-authored by George Lucas.