Watch Movies Shot In CA State Parks This Weekend

Vote yes on Prop 21! Help save California State Parks! Wait…what day is it? [checks election returns] Oh crap.

Well, here’s another way to help our amazing parks and have a blast while doing it. The CA State Parks Foundation is having a weekend of movies showing off State Park locations used in the films.

Are you a Star Wars fan? Would you like to meet Mark Hamill and Billy Dee Williams? Here’s your chance! The highlight of the screenings will be a showing of Star Wars: Epsisode VI Return of the Jedi at 1:30 pm on Saturday (11/6). Mark Hamill will do a Q&A after the show. Billy Dee will sign autographs beforehand (for purchase). Jedi used Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park and Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park for Ewok related locations.

At 4:30 on Saturday, they will screen M*A*S*H* and a Q&A with Elliot Gould will follow. There will also be screenings of two the tv episodes of M*A*S*H* with additional Q&A. Both the film and tv show used Malibu Creek State Park for many of their locations.

Sunday brings Sparticus (Hearst San Simeon State Historic Monument) and Planet of the Apes (Malibu Creek State Park) with a Q&A afterward with actor Lou Wagner who played Lucius.

Ticket prices are $10 (adult) $8 (child) for individual movies. You can also buy 3 movie packages for $25 (adult) and $18 (child). What a deal to see these movies on a big screen!

Our state parks are an amazing resource and I hope you’ll support them by simply enjoying them. BONUS: if you ever wanted to find movie and tv locations and take your picture in those exact spots here is a list of state parks and the movies they played a part in.

The full weekend schedule is here along with theater locations for each day. (This info is directly from the event website.)

Saturday, November 6th

The Paramount Theater
The Studios at Paramount
5555 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 9003

12:30PM – Autograph signing with Billy Dee Williams andDavid Barclay
Autographs available for purchase from Billy Dee Williams for $40 and from David Barclay for $25.
1:30 PM – Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi(Running time: 134 min.), followed by Q&A with Mark Hamill
4:30 PM – MASH (Running time: 116 min.)
6:30 PM – Q&A with Elliott Gould
7:00 PM – Intermission
8:00 PM – M*A*S*H (2 TV Episodes)
9:00 PM – Q&A with actors William Christopher (Father Mulcahy) and Jeff Maxwell (Igor, the Cook), Charles S. Dubin (director), Gene  Reynolds (co-creator), Burt Metcalfe (producer), Dr. Walter Dishell (medical advisor), and Ken Levine (writer).

At Saturday’s screenings, popcorn and bottled water is included in the ticket price. A taco truck and bar will be on site with food and drinks for purchase.

Sunday, November 7th

Darryl F. Zanuck Theater
20th Century Fox Studios
10201 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90046
1:00 PM – Spartacus (Running time: 198 min.) Introduction by film archivist Robert O.Neil.
5:00 PM (UPDATED)– Planet of the Apes (Running time: 112 min.) Q&A with actor Lou Wagner (Lucius) and the film’s makeup artist Daniel Striepeke.


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