Science Fiction Film Festival Hits Historic Lafayette Theatre

posted by PeterApruzzese on July 23, 2004 at 6:10 am

SUFFERN, NY — The SPECTACULAR SCIENCE FICTION Film Festival comes to the historic Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, New York – Nine classic science fiction films to be screened on September 10-11-12, 2004.

The SPECTACULAR SCIENCE FICTION Film Festival at the historic Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, New York, presents nine unique and entertaining science fiction films from the Golden Age of Hollywood, all on the Lafayette Theatre’s giant silver screen. Screening will be films from directors such as Stanley Kubrick & Robert Wise, special effects artists such as Ray Harryhausen & Douglas Trumbull, stars such as Charlton Heston, Patricia Neal, and even Abbott & Costello! All of these films are showing in the finest prints available from the studio vaults. Celebrity guests will introduce several of the films and there will be a lobby display of rare original posters and advertising materials for the films.

Festival Dates: September 10-11-12, 2004.

Film Schedule:


7:15 pm – THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951, directed by Robert Wise)
10:00 pm – INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956, directed by Don Siegel), presented in SuperScope


12:45 pm – FIRST MEN IN THE MOON (1964, special visual effects by Ray Harryhausen), presented in Panavision, SuperDynamation, and LunaColor
3:30 pm – THEM (1953, directed by Gordon Douglas)
7:15 pm – FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956, directed by Fred McLeod Wilcox), presented in CinemaScope, PerspectaSound and MetroColor
10:00 pm – THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN (1957, directed by Jack Arnold)


12:45 pm – ABBOTT & COSTELLO GO TO MARS (1953, directed by Charles Lamont), Special Family Matinee!
3:30 pm – PLANET OF THE APES (1968, directed by Franklin J. Shaffner), presented in Panavision and DeLuxe Color – Actress Linda Harrison (“Nova”) will be present to introduce the film and do audience Q & A!
7:15 pm – 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968, directed by Stanley Kubrick), presented in Panavision and Stereophonic Sound – Actors Keir Dullea (“Dave Bowman”) & Gary Lockwood (“Frank Poole”) will be present to introduce the film and do audience Q & A!

Individual tickets are $8.00 for each show and are available at the Lafayette Theatre Box Office. Money-saving multi-show tickets are also available: Friday Night Passes are $15, Saturday Passes are $30 and Sunday Passes are $22.50 each. The Full Festival pass is $60. Advance tickets are now on sale via the Internet at and at the Lafayette Theatre Box Office.

The Lafayette Theatre, celebrating its 80th Anniversary in 2004, is a renovated and restored 1000-seat 1924 movie palace. Featuring a large auditorium, superb acoustics, clear sight lines, state-of-the-art projection equipment, and the Ben Hall Memorial Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ, the Lafayette Theatre is the premiere venue for viewing classic films in the tri-state area.

The SPECTACULAR SCIENCE FICTION Film Festival is a co-production of Nelson Pageâ€\s Galaxy Theatre Corporation, the Big Screen Classics film series, and Peter Apruzzese. The official website for the festival is available at:

For further information, please contact Peter Apruzzese via e-mail at

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Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on July 23, 2004 at 6:12 am

Looks like an awesome lineup, Peter!

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on July 23, 2004 at 8:01 am

This is really one of the best kept secrets in the NYC area. If you live anywhere near Suffern, do yourself a favor and visit the Lafayette.

(It’s also a great excuse to get out of the city for you urbanites and it’s accessible by train.)

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