Blue Starlite Shines at Austin Studios
Summer schedule of 'Giant,' 'Grindhouse,' and wild men
By Richard Whittaker,
12:25PM, Wed. Jun. 13, 2012
If you've been waiting to hear what the Blue Starlite Urban Drive-In will be showing at its new home at Austin Studios, wait no more! Drive-in boss Josh Frank sent us an email and wrote, "Wanted to show y'all first!" and now we can share it with you, in all its Lone Star State of Cinema-lovin' glory.
When Frank announced earlier this year that he'd be relocating his one-of-a-kind cinematic experience out to the studio lot, he promised an eclectic mix of local indie, Texas legends and good, old fashioned, crowd-pleasing Summer fun. And, yes, this line-up delivers.
The series launches on July 4 with flag-waving, alien-punching, end-of-the-world classic Independence Day (natch) before taking a deep dip into the best of Texas cinema. Local heroes get their turn, with screenings for Mike Judge (Office Space), Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused plus a double header of School of Rock and Waking Life) and Robert Rodriguez (Planet Terror for the grown-ups and the original Spy Kids for the family). The Austin Film Society will be highlighting some Texas classics, like Giant, and some lesser-known works like Fantastic Fest 2008 skunk ape shocker Wild Man of the Navidad. Meanwhile the old Starlite keeps its mojo flowing with Blue Lite Specials like The Princess Bride.
More details and tickets at www.bluestarlitedrivein.com, but first, here's the full list:
July 4: Independence Day
July 13: Dazed and Confused
Late night special: Night of the living Dead
July 26: Office Space with Beavis and Butthead
July 27: Planet Terror
July 28: Spy Kids
Aug. 10: Princess Bride
Aug. 11: Wild Man of the Navidad
Aug. 12: Harry and the Hendersons
Aug. 23: Moulin Rouge
Aug. 24: Lone Star
Aug. 25: Giant