Pensacola Museum of Art to host monthly sci-fi movie screenings
by Taylor Picconi, Staff Writer
The Pensacola Museum of Art is bringing together classic sci-fi and horror film enthusiasts on the first Saturday of the next few months with Sci-Fi Saturdays.
On the first Saturday of each month, the museum will open one of their galleries to screen classic sci-fi and horror movies. The gallery will be a comfortable space for guests to relax and enjoy the movie. The movies scheduled for the next three months cover 40 years of cinema with movies made from the 1930s to the 1970s.
“We have a love for old sci-fi films,” Curator of Education Caitlyn Cooney said. “We wanted to open the museum up to the community to enjoy them alongside us in a relaxed and fun environment.”
This is not the first time the museum is hosting Sci-Fi Saturdays. Last year, they started this monthly event which gained the community’s interest quickly. Each Saturday, the gallery would fill with families and friends to watch movies like “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”
“It’s interesting because you are in a museum,” said UWF student Taylor McKenzie. “You’re surrounded by all of the art, you get to watch a cool movie and you get to bring your own food and drinks, all of that for free.”
The event is free of cost and guests are welcome to bring their own drinks and snacks. The next four months will feature the movies “Westworld,” “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “The Time Machine.”
“We wanted to create a place where people could just kick back and relax,” said Cooney. “We want them to enjoy exploring futures, hopes, fears and the shaping of science fiction and horror films.”
There are plans to expand Sci-Fi Saturdays into a full film series. The planning process is in the early phases for the film series. Cooney wants to include movies outside of the sci-fi genre like artist documentaries and art films.
For more information, visit the Pensacola Museum of Art’s Facebook page for the movie schedule and updates on Sci-Fi Saturdays, as well as other events that will be held at the art museum.