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'50s sci fi classic to be shown at Cactus Drive-In

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The Cactus Drive-In Theater Foundation will hold another fundraiser Saturday with the 1950s sci-fi classic "The Forbidden Planet," according to  the group.

The 1956 movie will be shown at the theater's temporary location, south of the Mercado San Agustin building on Avenida Del Convento, west of I-10 and Congress Street, the group said in a press release.

The Cactus Drive-In, once known as the DeAnza, was originally at 22nd Street and Alvernon Boulevard.

A fundraiser on July 16 was a success with 125 cars, according to the foundation.

"It helps build community and communication," said Charles Spillar, spokesman for the group, which aims to establish a permanent drive-in theater in Tucson.

Spillar said the DeAnza was a Tucson landmark and "Tucsonans want to go back."

"Forbidden Planet" was influential in education, architecture, fashion and transportation at its time, according to the press release.

Gates will open at 7 p.m. with the film starting at 8 p.m. A donation of $10 per car or $4 per individual is suggested. Seating will be available for both bike-ins and walk-ins.

Donations will be used to help create a permanent home for the Cactus Drive-In.

"You can unify people at a theater," said Spillar when comparing movie theaters to drive-ins. "You can bring the whole family and your own food.

"You can bring a baby in your car where it can fall asleep while you enjoy the movie," he said.

Spillar said the Cactus Drive-In also could serve as a venue for the community to hold daytime events.

Sponsors of the event include Cox Communications and the Mercado San Agustin.

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