What do Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Matthew McConoughey have in common with the Las Cruces Space Festival? They all star in space movies that we will be featuring, for free, at the Rio Grande Theatre April 9-13.
The Las Cruces Space Festival 2019 is excited to announce that we will be showing five movies at the Rio Grande Theatre beginning April 9 with the movie Contact. This 1997 science fiction drama, based on Carl Sagan’s novel of the same name, depicts Jodie Foster as SETI scientist Dr Ellie Arroway tasked with making contact with extraterrestrials. The character’s work takes her to the Very Large Array in New Mexico.
On April 10 we will be featuring the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 classic is considered to be one of the greatest and most influential movies ever made. The movie is an adaptation of a short story by revered sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke, and portrays a scientifically accurate depiction of spaceflight with pioneering special effects.
Apollo 13 will be shown on April 11. This docudrama portraying the aborted 1970 lunar mission and its battle to return to Earth safely stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise and Ed Harris. Director Ron Howard filmed scenes aboard a reduced gravity aircraft for a realistic depiction of ‘weightlessness’ experienced by astronauts in space.
Saturday April 13 will feature two movies. The matinee performance will feature Disney and Pixar Animation’s Academy- Award winning family movie WALL-E . This family classic features a waste-collecting robot on a future Earth, who falls in love with a visiting space probe and goes in pursuit across the galaxy. The evening will feature Ridley Scott’s 2015 sci-fi drama The Martian. Matt Damon won a Golden Globe for his performance as an astronaut stranded on the red planet.
All movies are free and tickets will be on a first come, first serve basis. Doors will open at 6pm for the evening performances (11am for the Saturday matinee) with the movies starting an hour later. Concessions will be available to purchase at the venue.
If you or your business is interested in sponsoring a movie for the Festival or featuring your commercial before the performance, please download our sponsorship form and send it to us at LCSpaceFestival@gmail.com.