LYNN — It’s often lost in the excitement of the live performances presented at Lynn Auditorium, but the city also hosts $5 movie nights. The next film, on Friday at 7 p.m., is guaranteed to help you get yer ya-ya’s out: “Gimme Shelter,” a documentary about the Rolling Stones’ ill-fated 1969 concert at the Altamont Speedway outside San Francisco. Worried about security, the Stones asked the Hell’s Angels to keep order, but the day ended tragically as violence broke out and a fan was killed.
Tickets are available in advance at the box office at City Hall or at the door on show night.
James Marsh, the city’s community development director and booking agent, said a deal has just been reached with Lucasfilm LTD. to screen the “Star Wars” trilogy Aug. 9, 18 and 23. “The 501st Garrison, a legion of ‘Star Wars’ fans, will be out in full force,” said Marsh. “They will be wearing costumes, some worth $1,000-plus.”
The documentary “Apollo 11: First Steps” will be screened July 21, the 50th anniversary of the day astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first stepped foot on the moon.
The Auditorium will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival, which took place on a dairy farm in Bethel, N.Y., Aug. 15-17, 1969, showing the concert film Aug. 18.
Were you at Woodstock, or do you know someone who experienced the three days of peace, love, music and mud? If so, please let us know. The Item will be writing a story to commemorate the event on the anniversary date. Contact Bill Brotherton at [email protected] or 781-593-7700, x1338.
For more information on Lynn Auditorium’s $5 movie nights or upcoming concerts — Bobby Brown is the most recent addition, Sept. 27; tickets on sale June 24 — go to www.lynnauditorium.com.