Movie magic starts Wednesday, May 16

In the Audience

Movie magic starts Wednesday, May 16By NICK ROGERS

Movie magic begins in May

It’s baaack! This summer marks the sixth season of classic films presented every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m., from mid-May to early August. The “Summer of Movie Magic” film series is the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert’s annual program to raise funds for the renewal of the license that allows the presentation of feature films at the Historic USO Building for a year’s period.

Stepping forth to procure this license for the next year are 13 returning local businesses, and three newly participating businesses. These community-minded organizations greatly support HSUMD’s efforts to bring wholesome classic filmed entertainment to the community.

This year the “Sensational Sixteen” businesses and organizations include returning supporters Baxendale’s, Cordell Construction Co., Cosner-Neipp Corp., Jack and Dana Lyons of Best Realty, the Maturango Museum, the Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine, Red Rock Books, Ridgecrest Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Ridge Writers, Roaming Dog Kitchen, Romancing the West, S&M Coins and Collectibles, and Warren’s Automotive.

Our three new “Bright Stars” are Center Pharmacy (a service of Ridgecrest Regional Hospital), Tender Cuts Meats (supplier of many food items used in our thrifty Snack Bar) and Ridgecrest Cinemas, which will be presenting a collection of retro family films at reduced prices during the summer.

This Classic Movie Night film series also provides an inexpensive night out for kids, who will be out of school, and their parents. The blend of family-friendly films and Universal Studios terror classics should appeal to every family member.

Before each show, hungry movie buffs can enjoy inexpensive taste treats, offered by HSUMD’s thrifty Snack Bar, such as the Jumbo “Crumville” Hot Dog plate, the “Coso Queso,” Grilled Cheese Sandwich, popcorn, (freshly popped in our spiffy new popper, lovingly donated by movie sponsors Jack and Dana Lyons—Best Realty), ice cream (free for the kids!), coffee with free refills and a variety of refreshing hand-crafted sodas from the local Indian Wells Valley Brewery.

The “Summer of Movie Magic” begins on Wednesday, May 16, with a wildly popular Walt Disney/Pixar animated classic feature film. Our summer series will play every Wednesday at 7 p.m. through Aug. 8.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but a $2 donation is greatly appreciated for the continued upkeep of our beautiful movie “palace.” Printed programs with film titles, show dates and descriptions, and sponsor information are available in the lobby of the Historic USO Building.

For more information, call 760-375-8456. Movie Magic is back ... every Wednesday … all summer long!

See future editions of the News Review for more information on Summer Movie Magic.

Story First Published: 2018-05-11