Kick off summer at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy with films celebrating classic science fiction movies produced during the geo-political period known as the "Cold War" (1947-1991).  These films played on the tensions and fears of the time by having themes and characters associated with alien invasion and infiltration, monsters created by radioactive fallout, and the near annihilation of the world.  They reached their peak in the 1950s to early 1960s with an estimated 500 films having been produced.   Many would become cult classics of the genre.  Today, science fiction movies continue to enjoy a large and dedicated following.  While some of these films have been re-made to varying degrees of box office success, the original versions (many in black and white) remain a lasting testament to the era in which they were made and are important contributions to the fabric of American popular culture.

All films start at 11:30 am, following by a short tour of the museum's Cold War Gallery.  Light refreshments will be available at each screening.  The series kicks off on Saturday, June 5th in the Museum Education Center at the Washington Navy Yard, Building 76, and will run every Saturday through July 31st.  Dr. Greg Viggiano, Director of the Museum of Science Fiction will be on hand to lead a post-film Q&A on June 5th only.

Viggiano is an entrepreneur and product management executive with a 20-year product management and international operations background.  His previous positions have given him a broad palette on which to build and launch successful and well-run ventures.   He has a Ph.D in Communication from Florida State University and has served as an adjunct professor at American University, Kogod School of Business.   He directs the day-to-day management of the museum and liaises with the Board of Directors and Board of Advisors. 

Registration two weeks in advance of any screening is required

Note:  Due to security requirements at the Washington Navy Yard, you will need to park outside the base and then be escorted onto the base then to the museum building.   If taking Metro, exit the Navy Yard stop, then walk a few blocks to the Navy Yard.   Please be outside Navy Yard Pass and ID Office (11th and O Street) by 11am on the screening date.   Please be prompt.   A museum educator will be there to bring you onto the base. 

** Due to scheduling circumstances beyond the museum’s control, this program has been cancelled on July 10.  

     Screening Date       Film Title      Registration Deadline   
June 5 The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
   May 21
June 12 Invaders from Mars (1953)
   May 28
June 19 Them! (1954)
   June 4
June 26 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)        June 11
July 3 The Blob (1958)
   June 18
July 10  King Kong vs Godzilla (1962)
   June 25
July 17 Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)    July 2
July 24 The Thing (1982)
   July 9
July 31 The Brother From Another Planet (1984)    July 16

 

Register for all films on Eventbrite, by the deadline.   If you have any questions, please email.paul.h.perry@navy.mil


Greg Viggiano, Ph.D, Director of the Museum of Science Fiction

Greg Viggiano, Ph.D, Director of the Museum of Science Fiction

Images courtesy of Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.