The Palm Springs Cultural Center announces
The Palm Springs Classic Science Fiction Film Festival

The Palm Springs Cultural Center (PSCC) will present the first annual Palm Springs Classic Science Fiction Film Festival at the Camelot Theaters on October 23-25, 2015.

“The notion for this event has been germinating for quite awhile and it is fantastic to see it come to fruition this year” enthused festival producer and host Alan K. Rode who has been producing the annual Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival at the Camelot for the last eight years.

PSCC Executive Director Michael Green agrees: “We believe there is a viable audience for these films and we are excited to expand our relationship with Alan in bringing a new genre of classic cinema to Palm Springs.”

The Sci-Fi Festival will follow a similar format to the Arthur Lyons fest with Rode introducing the films with featured special guest star interviews after several of the screenings.

“I’ve programmed some of the all-time classic Sci-Fi films from the 1950s along with some spectacular guest stars”, said Rode.


The Palm Springs Classic Science Fiction Film Festival wouldn’t be possible without the generous gifts of corporate sponsors and individual donors who believe that Palm Springs should be the home of one of the best Classic Science Fiction Film Festivals in the world! We hope you will consider joining us as a sponsor! $5,000 Producer Benefits: • Identification …

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THEM! (1954)

Sunday October 25 4:00 pm THEM! (1954) 94 min. D: Gordon Douglas. Those annoying atom bomb tests strike again by creating a nest of gigantic ants in the New Mexican desert that threaten the world. The first of the “big bug” flicks remains the absolute best of its kind with crackling performances by James Whitmore, …

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Sunday October 25 1:00 PM IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE (1953) 81 min. D: Jack Arnold. Nobody believes an astronomer (Richard Carlson) after he observes a spaceship crashing in the Arizona desert. As strange events begin to pile up, the xenophobic desert populace succumbs to panic! Filmed near Palmdale and Victorville and co-starring Barbara Rush, …

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Sunday October 25 10:00 AM THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951) 87 min. D: Christian Nyby. Renowned filmmaker Howard Hawks produced this stylish classic about a bloodthirsty alien terrorizing a North Pole research station. A sparkling ensemble cast headed by Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, Robert Cornwaithe, Douglas Spencer, Dewey Martin and Robert Nichols keeps everybody …

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Saturday October 24 7:30 PM THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN (1957) 81 min D: Jack Arnold. The film that created an altogether different perspective of cats and spiders remains one of the most well made 1950s pictures of any genre. Grant Williams portrays the proportionally shrinking Scott Carey whose entire world literally closes in on him. …

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Saturday October 24 4:00 pm THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS (1953) 80 min. D: Eugéne Lourié. A memorable collaboration between legendary sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury and renowned stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen results in a defrosted Rhedosaurus wrecking havoc from the North Pole to lower Manhattan. The first instance of atom bomb testing used as a …

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Saturday October 24 1:00PM CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954) 79 min. D: Jack Arnold. An expedition to the Amazon i.e. the Universal Studios back lot discovers the prehistoric Gill Man who falls for gorgeous Julie Adams and who can blame him! This quintessential creature feature introduced the last of the iconic Universal monsters and …

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Saturday October 24 10:00AM INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956) 80 min. D: Don Siegel. A doctor returns to his hometown and discovers a weird epidemic of people claiming that their loved ones are emotionless imposters. The grimmest and most allegory-laden of all sci-fi movies memorably stars Kevin McCarthy as the initially bewildered sawbones along …

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