For Immediate Release
4 August 2017
Contact: Jodi Joseph
Director of Communications
Meet us at the Airport
The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!
NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS — Submarines crash, station wagons run out of gas, and a human pyramid saves the day in this 1966 screwball comedy about the Cold War. The star-studded cast “propelled” the film to Best Picture at the Golden Globes — and MASS MoCA migrates to the Harriman-West Airport for this wacky screening! We’re inviting Putin to North Adams on Friday, August 25.
In the Oscar-nominated comedy hit, The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!, hilarity ensues when a Russian submarine runs aground on a sandbar off the coast of a sleepy New England vacation town. In his film debut, Alan Arkin plays Lieutenant Rozanov, who leads a small crew ashore with the hopes of freeing the sub from the sandbar before igniting an international incident. A series of sidesplitting misunderstandings and near disasters follow as the villagers realize their tiny island has been “invaded.” The timing couldn’t be better to revive this Cold War comedy, “A rousingly funny—and perceptive—motion picture about a desperately unfunny world situation,” said The New York Times upon its release. “The Cold War [has] owed us all a good laugh for a long, long time.” Join us for a bit of wit, a lot of laughs, and the largest movie screen in all of New England — the door of an airplane hangar at the North Adams airport!
“Our movie at the airport is one of the most anticipated events of the year,” MASS MoCA director and small-craft pilot Joseph Thompson notes. “People who love the airport — and people who are new to its charms — should pile into the car for the opportunity to grab a hot dog, check out the planes, and relax together. The setting may be the most bucolic movie theater in the whole country.”
Audience members are encouraged to come early to enjoy the great views, check out the small planes, and to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Admission is charged by the carload. Lickety Split serves up vintage drive-in fare — popcorn, ice cream, hot dogs, hamburgers, snacks, soft drinks, beer, and wine (no coolers are allowed).
The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! screens on Friday, August 25, at 8pm. Gates for the event open at 6:30pm at North Adams’ Harriman-West Airport on Route 2, next to Stop & Shop (836 State Road, North Adams, Mass.). Tickets are sold at the gate and are $14 per car, $7 for adults, and $3 for kids under 12. The rain date for the event is Sunday, August 27. B.Y.O.C. (bring your own chair), but don’t B.Y.O.B. (full bar on-site).
High-resolution images of MASS MoCA’s summer 2017 events are available through this link.
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today’s most important art, music, dance, theater, film, and video. MASS MoCA nearly doubled its gallery space in spring 2017, with artist partnerships that include Laurie Anderson, the Louise Bourgeois Trust, Jenny Holzer, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and James Turrell.
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