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This group is for people who love vintage films and would like to experience them on a big screen and with an audience. We will be attending weekly Friday night showings at the Bijou Cinema in the Hi-Desert. The Bijou Cinema is a great place for people who want to learn about classic film. This vintage decor 35 seat theater shows both Hi-Def Video as well as Motion Picture Film on the big screen. It also has the capability for showing 3D movies in Polaroid 3D.

Mini-lectures by film historians will accompany each film presentation. There may also be field-trips to other areas in the Inland Empire for classic film presentations(unfortunately, there aren't many classic film presentations in the Inland Empire). If you like Film Noir, Classic Comedy, Silent Films, classic Animation, B-Movies and other vintage genres, then this group is just for you.

The most common problem occurring in meet up groups is people who RSVP yes, and then don't show up(sometimes as much as 80% of the group.) Because of this problem, we are following the policy of other meet up groups and instituting a 3 STRIKES AND YOU'RE OUT policy. This means that if you RSVP yes and are a no-show 3 times within 6 months, your membership will be cancelled. At that point, you still have the option of re-joining the group.

The DESERT CLASSIC FILM SOCIETY is a non profit 501 (c) (3) organization.

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THE TWILIGHT ZONE Uncut! Uncensored! See it on the Big Screen in Surround Sound

Future Totalitarian Societies, Plastic surgery, youth obsession, technology overload, climate change: all of these subjects have been touched upon in the world of The Twilight Zone, the kitschy sci-fi series that ran from[masked]. Thanks to the show's prophetic plotlines (and indelibly creepy theme song), we can look across the decades and see which foretold fates plague us today. Featuring a compilation of episodes that were ahead of their time and served as possible harbingers for modern America. See the TWILIGHT ZONE as you've never seen it before---on the big screen in Hi-Def video and Remastered Sound. The episodes everybody saw on TV for syndication were not complete. They were cut to make room for more commercials. We will be showing the complete versions of each episode. EPISODES: JACK BENNY SHOW w/Rod Serling : Jack Benny gets caught in the Twilight Zone in this hilarious spoof of Twilight Zone produced in 1963. THE LONELY : Plot - A convict, living alone on an asteroid, receives from the police a realistic woman-robot. The first of many The Twilight Zone (1959) episodes (including The Twilight Zone: I Shot an Arrow into the Air (1960), The Twilight Zone: A Hundred Yards Over the Rim (1961) and The Twilight Zone: The Rip Van Winkle Caper (1961)) to be filmed on location in Death Valley. Unprepared for the terrible conditions they would face, the crew suffered extreme dehydration and heat exhaustion and director of photography George T. Clemens even collapsed, falling from a camera crane while filming continued. THE FEVER: Plot - An elderly man catches gambling fever from a slot machine that he believes is calling his name. Directed by the master of German Expressionism, Robert Florey. Inspired by Rod Serling's celebratory trip to Las Vegas when The Twilight Zone (1959) was first signed. His wife Carol Serling had good luck at the casino, but he himself kept losing to a slot-machine not unlike the one shown here, and battled it for a good while. THE MONSTERS ARE DUE ON MAPLE STREET: Plot - On a peaceful suburban street, strange occurrences and mysterious people stoke the residents' paranoia to a disastrous intensity. THE HOWLING: Plot - Seeking refuge from a storm, a traveler comes upon a bizarre abbey of monks, who have imprisoned a man who begs for his help. When he confronts the head monk, he is told that the man is the Devil, and he must decide whom to believe. This episode takes place in 1924 and 1960. Episodes will be introduced by Christopher Perry. The Bijou opens at 6:30 pm. DIRECTIONS COMING FROM THE LOW DESERT: From Hwy 10, take Hwy 62 north until you reach Yucca Valley. Once you are in Yucca Valley take a right at the second stoplight(Kickapoo Trail) and go 2 blocks to the stop sign(Onaga Trail) where you take a left. Go 2.8 miles and you are there. You will see the Bijou sign in front. The Desert Classic Film Society is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization.

Alfred Hitchcock's FRENZY 1972 In Wide Screen Uncut! Uncensored!

After movie censorship collapsed in the 1960's, Alfred Hitchcock decided to push the envelope with this 1972 thriller. He wanted to go farther than he did in PSYCHO. This movie received many awards and nominations and was heralded as a return to the "Old Style Hitchcock". Many consider this movie to be Hitchcock's last masterpiece. The Plot: A serial murderer is strangling women with a necktie. The London police have a suspect, but he is the wrong man. This show will be introduced by film historian Chris Perry. The Bijou opens at 6:30pm. GET YOUR FREE BIJOU PUNCH CARD PASS: Don’t forget to ask for your free Bijou Punch Card next time you are at THE BIJOU. Each time you pay for an admission your card will be punched. When you get six punches, your card then becomes a free pass which you can use yourself, give to someone else or save for a rainy day. DIRECTIONS COMING FROM THE LOW DESERT: From Hwy 10, take Hwy 62 north until you reach Yucca Valley. Once you are in Yucca Valley take a right at the second stoplight(Kickapoo Trail) and go 2 blocks to the stop sign(Onaga Trail) where you take a left. Go 2.8 miles and you are there. You will see the Bijou sign in front. The Desert Classic Film Society is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization.

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