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Fly-In Theater Lineup Extended for AirVenture 2019

February 28, 2019 - From old favorites to recent blockbusters, the lineup of films at this year’s EAA Fly-In Theater, presented by Airbus, will take visitors on a diverse journey through aviation history. In addition, we’re adding a screening on the Saturday before opening day, and introducing short-form programming on Wednesday and Saturday nights to reduce conflicts with the night air shows.

Every night beginning Saturday, July 20, through Saturday, July 28, moviegoers can bring lawn chairs and blankets to the Fly-In Theater and enjoy programming projected on a five-story screen. And the popcorn’s free, too!

Located adjacent to Camp Scholler, the Fly-In Theater is reminiscent of the drive-in theaters of the past. Each evening the show begins at approximately 8:30 p.m. (approximately 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday to follow the night air shows). Each full-length screening is preceded by an entertaining and informative introduction featuring a mix of aviation notables, filmmakers, historians, and others who can provide insight and context to each film. The final lineup of presenters will be published at a later date.

Saturday, July 20: Top Gun

The quintessential ’80s neoclassic starring Grumman F-14 Tomcats, Douglas A-4 Skyhawks, and “MiG-28s,” along with a supporting cast featuring Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, and Val Kilmer. You’ve seen it before, but come see it again, outside, under the stars.

Sunday, July 21: Always

Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter play the leads in this film, Steven Spielberg’s remake of the classic A Guy Named Joe. It trades wartime Britain for the frontlines of aerial firefighting, and features some truly spectacular flying sequences.

Monday, July 22: Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Avid pilot Tom Cruise got his helicopter add-on rating in order to actually fly while shooting some of the flying scenes in this action-packed sixth film in the popular series. Cruise trained with Airbus full time for three months in order to develop the skills necessary.

Tuesday, July 23: Planes: Fire and Rescue

This sequel to 2013’s Planes takes us into the world of aerial firefighting as Dusty Crophopper gets fitted with a water tank and amphibious floats, and gets to work. This animated Pixar feature features a star-studded voice cast, and nonstop aviation.

Wednesday, July 24: Miscellaneous Programming

Presented without introduction, Wednesday’s and Saturday’s short-form programming will consist of a series of short films, episodes of classic TV shows and movie serials, and more, all with an aviation theme.

Thursday, July 25: The Lafayette Escadrille

This feature-length documentary about the famed all-volunteer World War I squadron has been a several-year labor of love for filmmakers Paul Glenshaw and Darroch Greer. This is anticipated to be the first public screening of the film in North America.

Friday, July 26: First Man

Ryan Gosling stars as Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong in this Oscar-winning dramatization of his life. Released in 2018, the film painstakingly recreates Armstrong’s X-15 research flights and the Gemini 8 mission, as well as, of course, the moon landing.

Saturday, July 27: Miscellaneous Programming

Presented without introduction, Wednesday’s and Saturday’s short-form programming will consist of a series of short films, episodes of classic TV shows and movie serials, and more, all with an aviation theme.

Admission to all movies at the EAA Fly-In Theater is included with your AirVenture wristband.

 

 

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