It’s baaaaack! Summer movies return

In the Audience

It’s baaaaack! Summer movies returnBy NICK ROGERS

Wow! Can you believe it is almost summer? Long, lazy days and breezy evenings will put you in the mood for a classic family-friendly movieevery week during the summer through Aug. 7. The seventh annual “Summer of Movie Magic” will screen classic films every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Historic USO Building. Available now, in the lobby are new film schedules with striking artwork by my friend, local artist Greg Gilbert. (He will also be creating some awesome new series posters that you may see around town!)

This exciting series is, once again, sponsored by the “cream of the crop” of local businesses and organizations, helping us to renew the costly exhibition license necessary for these film presentations.

A big HSUMD thanks to Baxendale’s, Cathy Kline’s Floral Accents, Center Pharmacy-Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, Cordell Construction Co., Cosner-Neipp Corp., Dana Lyons-Best Realty, Kathy Walker’s Window Tinting, the Maturango Museum, the Museum of Western Film History, Red Rock Books, Ridgecrest Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Ridgecrest Cinemas, Ridge Writers, Roaming Dog Kitchen, Romancing the West, Tender Cuts Meats, S & M Coins and Collectibles and Warren’s Automotive.

We start the series off June 5 at with a Disney Pixar hit from 2001 about an energy-producing factory that manufactures power by scaring children. Now, that has got to be interesting! Billy Crystal, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi provide voices for the various wacky characters in this animated fantasy.

Included in the wide variety of films to be presented in this series, a very special Western movie classic will be screened on July 3 … just before the holiday weekend. James Stewart, Henry Fonda, John Wayne, Debbie Reynolds, Carroll Baker, George Peppard, Gregory Peck and Richard Widmark are among the many screen icons starring in this legendary Cinerama presentation. We are proud to offer an evening of great food and entertainment…and some surprises! Please mark your calendars and join us if you are in town.

Our thrifty Snack Bar opens up at 6:30 p.m. with a wide variety of taste-tempting treats including our giant “Crumville” hot dog plate, the “Coso Queso” four-cheese pizza, frosty ice cream cups (free to all kids younger than 18), handmade sodas from the Indian Wells Brewing Co., bottled water, popcorn, assorted bagged and boxed candies, chips and bottomless coffee – all very affordable!

So … now you know where to find the greatest in filmed entertainment every Wednesday evening.

Story First Published: 2019-05-31