Movies

Short films, courtesy the SFO Museum

While travelers are returning to airports, not all amenities are back up and running quite yet.

That includes SFO Museum’s Video Arts screening room at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

But that doesn’t mean you can watch some great short films. The SFO Museum is curating themed programming from its archives that anyone can watch online – in the airport or not.

For the month of July, the short films are all about the importance of family. The four films in the series are below,

SFO Museum also has a great archive of its current and past exhibitions online, Flight Patterns – Airline Uniforms from the 1960s – 70s, Surf’s Up! Instrumental Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Early American Motorcycles.

SFO Museum Aviation Exhibition Alisa Eagleston, Conservator

More chances to watch drive-in movies at airports

This summer several airports, including Ontario International Airport (ONT) in Southern California, turned their empty parking lots into drive-in movie theaters.

We’re pleased this temporary airport amenity sticking around into the fall. We see at least two airports will be hosting drive-in movie nights in advance of Halloween.

Nebraska’s Lincoln Airport (LNK) will show Disney’s ‘Hocus Pocus’ for free during a drive-in movie night on October 16. They’ll also be hosting a kid’s Halloween costume contest.

And on October 17, Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) will host a drive-in movie night in the airport Economy parking lot. ‘Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone’ will be shown.

Drive-in movies at Ontario Int’l Airport

Here’s an airport trend we’re thoroughly enjoying.

Ontario International Airport (ONT) in California is partnering with the City of Ontario and Street Food Cinema for a series of free drive-in movies.

The films are going to be shown on two 50-foot screens over four different nights on the northeast corner of the airport property.

And movie-goers will be able to tune into the film audio on their car radios.

The first movie on the schedule is “Ford v. Ferrari,” on June 19.

This is a perfect choice because many scenes in the film are shot at ONT.

The other movies to be shown at ONT Airport will be “The Sandlot” on July 3, “Princess Bride” on July 17, and “Napoleon Dynamite” on July 31.

Showtime for all four nights is 8:30 p.m.

The free movie series hopes to bring people together at a safe social distance (in their cars). The series will also support local food banks by encouraging movie-goers to bring donations of boxed food.

And it turns out the City of Ontario and Ontario International Airport (ONT) have a rich film tradition.

Movies such as “Argo,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “A League of Their Own” and “Up In The Air” are among the dozens of features shot in town over the years.

This is definitely a nomination for “Airport Amenity of the Week.”

Drive-in movie at the airport

Courtesy Vilnius Airport

Airports around the world are not very busy these days. And many movie theaters are closed.

So it is refreshing to see Vilnius Airport in Lithuania being creative and hosting a drive-in movie theater on the airport apron.

The ‘Aerocinema – The Journey Begins’ project is part of the Vilnius International Film Festival, which runs through the end of May.

The line-up for the drive-in movie series at the airport includes a dozen films. The first film shown: Parasite.

Tickets are being sold online only. There is room for 200 in the screening area where films are being projected on a screen that is about the size of a five-story building.

To hear the soundtrack, moviegoers just turn on their car radios.

For safety during this time of coronavirus, only two passengers are allowed in each car. (No hiding in the trunk or under a blanket).

All passengers must stay inside their vehicles during the screenings. And face masks are required for anyone who plans to roll down their windows.

To make the aerocinema work, “we had to remake the airport apron, which is a restricted area, into a space open to film lovers,” said Dainius Čiuplys, the head of Vilnius Airport.

“It is a nice opportunity to be a part of the whole process and at the same time to show that airports perfectly combine aviation activities with events and projects of various formats,” Čiuplys added, “I believe that after the drive-in cinema events, there will be even more lovers not only of good cinema but also of aviation,”

We think this is a great idea and declare it “Airport Amenity of the Month.”

Heathrow’s charming bears are back for Christmas

Heathrow Airport’s heartwarming story of the bears named, appropriately enough, the Bairs, are back for another season.

We first met the Bairs in 2016. They were so popular that they were featured again last year, in astory that showed how Doris and Edward Bair meet and fall in love on a flight out of Heathrow Airport in 1967.

 

This year’s installment shows the next chapter in the Bair’s lives.

They are now retired in the United States; in Florida. But as the holiday season rolls around, the couple realizes that Christmas just isn’t the same without their loved ones in the UK.

So, they head home to London, arriving in the exact spot where their love story began 50 years ago – at Heathrow Airport.

Charming!