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Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Media only:
Gabriel Einsohn (202) 633-2822; einsohng@si.edu
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(202) 633-1000; http://hirshhorn.si.edu

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WHAT: Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to screen vintage horror films on summer Thursday evenings. Film scholar David Wilt will introduce each of the free programs that will take a bite out of your summer doldrums. Open to the public; no tickets required. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and films begin at 8 p.m.

WHEN: June 8, “The Fly” (1958); June 15, “Them” (1954); June 29, “Mothra” (1961); July 6, “Beginning of the End” (1957)

WHERE: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Ring Auditorium
Seventh Street and Independence Avenue, S.W.

“The Fly” (1958), Thursday, June 8
The old matter-transfer chamber plot comes to life in Kurt Neuman’s tale of a scientific experiment gone wrong and the moral dilemmas of relieving the suffering of loved ones.

“Them” (1954), Thursday, June 15
People start disappearing into a New Mexican desert near a site where there has been nuclear testing. Local police, the FBI and specialists from the Department of Agriculture join forces to get to the bottom of the mystery.

“Mothra” (1961), Thursday, June 29
An expedition to a Polynesian island discovers shipwreck survivors, faerie-like “princesses” and the behemoth, Mothra.
*Galleries will be open until 8 p.m.

“Beginning of the End” (1957), Thursday, July 6
An experiment at the Department of Agriculture spawns a swarm of huge, man-eating grasshoppers that are headed for Chicago. A B-52 bomber with an atomic load may be the last resort.
*Galleries will be open until 8 p.m.

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