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They’re back: Classic movies resume at the Braumart Theatre

THE BRAUMART THEATRE in Iron Mountain has resumed its Classic Movie Series. The science fiction film “Forbidden Planet” will be shown at 7 p.m. Saturday. (Terri Castelaz/Daily News photo)

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Classic Movie Series has returned to the Braumart Theatre in Iron Mountain.

The 1956 science fiction film “Forbidden Planet” will be shown at 7 p.m. Saturday. Doors to the theatre at 106 E. B St. in Iron Mountain will open at 6 p.m.

The series is curated by local filmmaker Seth Anderson, who will provide a brief introduction to the film before it is shown.

“He will also be drawing for film-related swag for the audience at that time,” Braumart Theatre executive director Jinx Brew said, adding, “We want to make it fun.”

The film, which is rated G, stars Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Leslie Nielsen. A rocket ship lands on a distant planet to investigate the disappearance of settlers, where the crew finds a scientist, his daughter and a highly intelligent robot named Robby.

“Forbidden Planet” was shot in Eastmancolor and CinemaScope and considered to be one of the great science fiction films of the 1950s — a precursor of contemporary science fiction cinema. The film also pioneered several aspects of science fiction cinema.

It was the first science fiction film to depict humans traveling in a faster-than-light starship of their own creation. “Forbidden Planet” was the first as well to be set entirely on another planet in interstellar space, far away from Earth. The Robby the Robot character is one of the first film robots that was more than just a mechanical “tin can” on legs — displaying a distinct personality and as an integral supporting character.

Outside science fiction, the film was groundbreaking as the first of any genre to use an entirely electronic musical score, courtesy of Bebe and Louis Barron.

The “Forbidden Planet” special effects team was nominated for Best Visual Effects at the 29th Academy Awards. In 2013, the picture was entered into the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Tony Magistrale describes it as one of the best examples of early techno-horror.

The Braumart Theatre is still restricted to 50% capacity, or about 250 guests. “It isn’t as financially critical we have full house to show films as it would be for a musical event,” Brew said. “We are looking forward to be able to host live events in the future.”

Concessions will be available to attendees, Brew noted. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children age 15 and younger, and $20 for family, which includes two adult tickets and up to eight children’s tickets. All tickets are available at the door the day of the showing.

“We plan to show one classic movie a month through the end of the year,” Brew said.

In other Braumart events, Northern Michigan Dance Academy will present “Peter Pan Ballet” on May 22-23 at the theatre. Ticket are available at the Braumart box office.

The Braumart continues to have virtual cinema movies available on their website at https://www.thebraumart.org/.

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