Battle in Outer Space
The Wexner Center brings the big screen outside for our annual series of free, festive, open-air film screenings on the Wexner Center Plaza at 15th Avenue and High Street. All Wex Drive-In movies start at dusk (generally around 9 PM), but you’re invited to come at 8 PM to choose your spot. Pack up a few blankets or lawn chairs, and get ready to enjoy beer from Seventh Son Brewing and wine from our cash bar, pizza from Mikey’s Late Night Slice, and free Pam’s Market Popcorn. All films screened in 35mm!
This series takes viewers to Japan, with selections that encompass the entire spectrum of Japanese filmmaking, from samurai classics to sci-fi stunners. Like last summer’s<em>Cinema italiano</em>series, it is intended as an introduction and homage to one of the world’s great film traditions. We’ve included works by some of the most revered Japanese directors, including Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa, and by contemporary filmmakers, including Takashi Miike and Hirokazu Kore-Eda, as well as other films that represent Japan’s vital film history across several eras and genres.
The colorful sci-fi film Battle in Outer Space is full of some of the most impressive special effects the 1950s had to offer. And you can watch it tonight on a REALLY big screen in the cool comfort of Mershon Auditorium.
In the future (1965!), when Earth is attacked by aliens armed with antigravity rays and mind-control, humanity responds by launching two rocketships to attack the alien beachhead on the moon. With inventive space battles (including one between flying saucers and lunar tanks), the film is a splendid spectacle and possible influence on such later movies as Star Wars. In Japanese with English subtitles. (90 mins., 35mm)
Because of the extreme heat (and concerns about how it might impact the projector as well as the viewers), this Wex Drive-In screening is moving indoors to cool, air-conditioned Mershon Auditorium. But you can still come early to pick up a snack with Asian flair from the All American Grill food truck before the film, and take it into Mershon Lobby, where we'll have beverages available for purchase and tables to perch at. Doors open at 7:30 PM. And you can still get your Jeni's before the show too. We'll be giving out free popcorn from Pam's Market Popcorn, as well, but after the show (since you can't bring food or drink into the theater).
Copresented by Ohio State's East Asian Studies Center.
AdmissionFree for to all audiences
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