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Space films at Bankhead in Livermore

Family Fun Film Series returns for second year

The Family Fun Film Series returns for the second year to the Bankhead Theater with "Summer in Space," three films that reflect the human fascination with space and honor the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.

The Bankhead has a newly installed wide screen, which extends the width and height of the stage with the curtain open, roughly twice the size of the prior screen.

In addition, a special free art exhibit titled "Man on the Moon" will be on display beginning July 10 in the Bankhead Gallery featuring stunning NASA photos.

Tickets for the films are $5 each for all ages. Popcorn, beverages and space-themed snacks will be available for sale in concessions.

"Summer in Space" kicks off at 7 p.m. next Wednesday (June 19) with "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan," the second feature film based on the popular 1960s television show and the crew of the Starship Enterprise.

On July 10, the iconic phrase "Houston, we have a problem" will come to life in the Ron Howard film, "Apollo 13," which captures the fraught and frightening moments of the 1970 lunar mission. It stars Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon.

The final film of the summer, on Aug. 7, is "WALL-E," in which dedicated robot WALL-E becomes captivated by EVE, a robot in search of planetary life, for a charming Pixar adventure.

The first two films are rated PG, and "WALL-E" is rated G. The film series is presented by the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center.

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