Screening of ‘Them!’ at Freeport’s Lindo Theatre Feb. 6

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FREEPORT, Ill. — Join Freeport’s Lindo Theatre for the 1951 classic science fiction film Them!, starring James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn and Joan Weldon, at 1 and 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Movie admission is $5, and tickets are available at the Lindo Theatre box office, 115 S. Chicago Ave., Freeport, Ill.

Them! is the second installment of the ’50s Science Fiction Film Series at the Lindo, which is presented on select Wednesdays now until April.

Them!, one of the first movies to feature “big bugs,” starts off as a simple suspense film with the FBI looking into the mysterious disappearances and unexplainable deaths in the New Mexico desert. When the FBI bring in Harold and Pat Medford, a father and daughter team of entomologists from the Department of Agriculture, they discover giant ants — the result of atomic testing — have been attacking the locals. This sci-fi classic of the atomic age, Them! is considered one of the best science fiction films of the 1950s.

The series of ’50s Science Fiction Films was selected with the assistance of Dr. Ed Finch, executive director for the Freeport Historical Museum, and Alan Wenzel, the speech and communications instructor for Highland Community College.

A brief introduction will be held before the movie, and a discussion led by Dr. Finch and Wenzel will follow the movie. Movie-goers are encouraged to stay after the film to participate in this exchange.

Upcoming Schedule for the ’50s Science Fiction Film Series at the Lindo is Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) March 6, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) April 3 and The Music Man (1962) April 24.

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Posted Jan. 30, 2013

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