The Reluctant Astronaut – Playhouse Cooperative Theater

This looks like fun: Randolph’s Playhouse Cooperative theater is screening The Reluctant Astronaut, a film from from 1967. The film will be screened at 7:30 pm.

Here’s the plot:

Don Knotts is Roy Fleming, a small town kiddie-ride operator who is deathly afraid of heights. After learning that his father has signed him up for the space program, Roy reluctantly heads for Houston, only to find out upon arriving that his job is a janitor, not an astronaut. Anxious to live up to the expectations of his domineering father, Roy manages to keep up a facade of being an astronaut to his family and friends. When NASA decides to launch a lay person into space to prove the worthiness of a new automated spacecraft, Roy gets the chance to confront his fears.

If you are a NASA or space race aficionado this movie is a must see!

When this movie was filmed the Apollo program was just getting started.

The large rocket he’s looking up at is actually the first Saturn V ever to be put on the launch pad! It’s actually not a real flying rocket but the Saturn V test-article: a full-sized mock-up used to test the the lunch pad systems. This mock-up has unique markings at the base of the rocket that the rest of the Saturn V’s didn’t have.

It looks like they’ve got a good run of other SF films as well: they’ll be playing Guardians of the Galaxy tomorrow, and The Giver through the 18th. On Tuesday the 19th, they’ll be screening Back to the Future.