May 26 2024


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Philadelphia Sci-Fi Screening

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A sci-fi double feature will be taking place at the International House Philadelphia later this month.

The two films screened will include Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and The Last Starfighter.

A bonus showing of the original series episode Space Seed will take place right before the Wrath of Khan screening.

The Last Starfighter is the story of “teenaged trailer park resident Alex Rogan (Lance Guest), who dreams of escaping his small-town drudgery. He gets his wish … when his expert video game skills attract the attention of an alien recruiter looking for space warriors. Soon Alex finds himself enlisted to help save the galaxy from an evil empire bent on mass destruction.

Several familiar Trek faces were seen in The Last Starfighter, including Wil Wheaton, Marc Alaimo, and Meg Wyllie (The Cage).

The screening will take place on Friday, August 23, at 8:00 PM at the International House Philadelphia, which is located on 3701 Chestnut Street. Tickets for the event will cost $15, and are available here.

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4 thoughts on “Philadelphia Sci-Fi Screening

  1. So cool. The REAL KHAN and a REAL Star Trek TOS movie. That is what I am talking about!

  2. Well, Wheaton’s scenes were cut from the movie. Too bad, maybe someday I’ll see that footage.

    LOVE The Last Starfighter. I have no idea why, but I’ve seen it more than any other movie (including Wrath Of Khan and Back To The Future). Never saw it on the big screen, seeing those two movies in a theatre would make me giddy beyond anything.

  3. The Last Starfighter has a lot of charm. I lay most of that at the feet of Robert Preston, who played Centauri, and another huge chunk for Dan O’Herlihy, everyone’s favorite turtlehead Grigg. The producers sought out Preston because they wanted Centauri to be a charming con-man like Professor Harold Hill, and somebody said, Hey! Get the man himself! It was his last onscreen role. A small one but memorable. Grigg also left us not long ago. They’re doubtless welcoming Michael Ansara to Sto’Vo’Kor now.

  4. It’s not included in the info above, but as a film purist it’s worth pointing out that both movies are original 35mm film prints, not digital projection. And the “Space Seed” screening is from an original broadcast television 16mm film print!

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