There’s no better time for a heat wave filled with summer blockbusters. The area is bringing cinematic favorites from the depths of a cave to a classic, “Jaws,” presented on the water. The region also reaches a galaxy not too far, far, away with a “Star Wars” franchise favorite shown in a planetarium. Indie gems have a carved their place into the must see categories.
Here’s a look at some neat places to see some interesting films:
Fins up at The Cove
If you dare, you can head down to Yatesville Lake (just off of U.S. 23) near Louisa, where Legend Outfitters “The Cove,” 606 Beach Road, Louisa, is hosting a screening of the 1975 Steven Spielberg thriller “Jaws” on Saturday, July 14.
Gates open at 4 p.m., and the PG-rated movie starts at dusk. Admission is $5. Get tickets at the gate or online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jaws-on-the-water-tickets-46919856554?aff=efbeventtix.
In “Jaws,” based on the best-selling Peter Benchley novel, a local sheriff, a marine biologist and an old seafarer team up to hunt down a great white shark wreaking havoc on a beach resort.
Jedi into the Cave
Carter Caves State Resort Park in Olive Hill, Kentucky, hosts its monthly Cave In Movie at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 14. Cascade Cave will host a public screening of the 2017 blockbuster, “Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi.” The PG-13-rated American epic space opera film was written and directed by Rian Johnson.
“The Last Jedi” is the second installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. It’s the eighth main installment of the Star Wars franchise following the 2015-released “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Admission is $5 at the door. Bring your own chair. Concessions are available.
Girl Scouts take over ‘Hotel Transylvania’
Local Girl Scouts can join Girl Scout Troop 5332 for a fun-filled night of inflatables, crafts and a midnight showing of “Hotel Transylvania 3” over at the KYOVA Mall cinemas in Ashland.
The lock-in registration is from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 14 and pick-up is from 7 to 7:30 a.m. Sunday, July 15. The cost per registered Girl Scout is $25, and this includes inflatables, crafts, meals and the movie showing. Patches can be pre-ordered for an additional cost of $2.50.
‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’
Ironton native Mickey Fisher, creator of the current NBC thriller “Reverie,” has teamed up with KYOVA 10 Theatre to offer two screenings of the new film about Mr. Rogers “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”
The second screening is set for 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, July 11. Admission is three cans of food or pet food per person (cat or dog/dry or canned) for River Cities Harvest to replenish their pantries.
Anyone making a donation to River Cities Harvest through Saturday, July 14, will be entered to win a $25 KYOVA 10 Theatre gift card.
Seating is limited to auditorium capacity. Tickets will be available at the box office (not online) starting two hours prior to the movie.
Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Go online at http://focusfeatures.com/wont-you-be-my-neighbor/ to find out more about this new documentary and go online at https://www.nbc.com/reverie?nbc=1 to find out more about Fisher’s new TV show, “Reverie,” which airs Wednesday nights on NBC.
Buster is back
The People’s Bank Theatre in Marietta, Ohio, rolls back the clock to the 1920s as the swinging-era theater host a silent film feature, a Buster Keaton comedy, “The Electric House” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 13.
The film will be accompanied by Fox Theatre organist Dave Calendine. This free theater organ concert will feature songs from the Broadway stage.
Two of the largest sternwheeler boats on the Ohio River – The Queen of the Mississippi and The American Queen – will also be arriving in Marietta on Saturday, July 14.
Planetarium Star Wars
You may have seen “Rogue One” in the theater, but have you seen it on the giant 61-foot domed sky planetarium screen at The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia?
This year at CharCon is your chance. They will be showing this Star Wars story at 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 13, in the planetarium. The screening is free to CharCon attendees. Visitor badges can be obtained for $10 on site.
CharCon runs noon to midnight Friday, July 13, 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday, July 14, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 15, with a wide range of interactive fun including 80-plus games, panels, costume contests, parties, vendors, kids fun and more. Go online at https://www.charcon.org/ for more info.
Dodgeball film screening
The epic community-fueled dodgeball battle and festival Westmorlapalooza 2018 will host a screening at 9 p.m. Friday, July 13, of a new 45-minute documentary “This Land is More,” the story of Westmorlapalooza, a nonprofit organization based in Huntington. Residents have been doing their part since 2012 to improve their community and town in their very own way. The film will be shown at Westmoreland Park, 810 Vernon St., Huntington. The film is free but space may be limited depending on demand. It is recommended that you bring your own chair as the film will be played under a very large outdoor tent.
Go online at www.facebook.com/westmorlapalooza to find out more about this epic annual charity caged dodgeball tournament and festival.
Underground for great cinema
The West Virginia International Film Festival’s Underground Cinema, 230 Capitol St., Charleston, hosts the just-released 2018 summer indie flick “Hearts Beat Loud.” The flick starring Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”) will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 13.
Taking place in the hip Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, the film follows single dad and record store owner, Frank. At the same time he must close his vintage shop, he also has to prepare to send his hard-working daughter, Sam, off to college. Hoping to stay connected through their shared musical passions, Frank urges Sam to turn their weekly jam sessions into a father-daughter live act. After their first song becomes an internet breakout, the two embark on a journey of love, growing up and musical discovery.
Go online at www.facebook.com/wviffunderground/ for more info about Undergound Cinema.
‘Colored Frames’ at the Clay Center
The 30 Americans exhibit kicks off this weekend at the Clay Center in Charleston with a special event from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 15, that features the documentary “Colored Frames” in the Caperton Planetarium and Theater. Popcorn and bottled water will be provided. Cost is $5. “Colored Frames” is a 2007 documentary film that looks at the role of fine art in the Civil Rights Movement, as well as the legacy of discrimination in the art community both historically and contemporarily. The documentary showcases a wide variety of works primarily by African-American artists. A discussion will follow featuring modern sociopolitical topics focused on race, gender and class. The event kicks off with an exhibit tour from 11 a.m. to noon followed by the film screening. After the screening, at 1 p.m. there will be a panel discussion led by YWCA Charleston.
Tickets are available in advance online at tickets.theclaycenter.org or at the box office.
Christmas in July
The C3 Church, 1342 County Road 60 in South Point, Ohio, is hosting a Christmas in July Family Movie night at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 15. The church will have a free screening of the 2017 animated Christian comedy film “The Star,” directed by Timothy Reckart. Based on the Nativity of Jesus and an original idea by Tom Sheridan. The film stars the voices of Steven Yeun, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Keegan-Michael Key, Kelly Clarkson, Patricia Heaton, Kristin Chenoweth, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey.
The film received a nomination for Best Original Song, “The Star,” at the 75th Golden Globe Awards.
Bring a blanket and pillow to get comfy while they serve popcorn, drinks and Christmas-themed snacks. You can also bring a new toy donation that will go to their Santa’s Workshop for kids during the Christmas season. If the kids begin to hear jingle bells in July, it could only mean a special guest may be popping in for a visit.