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47th Science Fiction Marathon

As of Jan. 4, 2022, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Science Fiction Marathon (again).
We have rescheduled for April 22-24. Because of this adjustment, the schedule is subject to change. Keep an eye on this page for updates.

More information will be released as we get closer to the Marathon itself. Updates will be announced on our Facebook page @CWRUFilms as well as through the 47th Annual Sci-Fi Marathon Facebook event page found here.

Pre-Marathon Event: For those that do not know, CWRU Film Society recently completed a gallery containing posters from their more than 50 years of history. We will be holding a formal opening event on Thursday April 21. Check back here for details.

Here is the current schedule:

Friday, 22 April
8:00pmDune (2021, PG-13, DCP)
11:10pmWar of the Worlds (1953, G, 35mm)
Saturday, 23 April
12:45amSurprise 1: Disaster Squad 2: Dawn of Armageddon (????, Not Rated, Digital)
3:00amThe Lawnmower Man (1992, R, TBA)
5:05amLifeforce (1985, R, Blu-ray)
7:20amSpace Battleship Yamato (1977, G, Blu-ray)
9:50amThe Iron Giant (1999, PG, 35mm)
11:35amStar Wars Ep. III: Revenge of the Sith (2005, PG-13, DCP)
2:10pmSurprise 2: Star Wars (1977, PG, 35mm)
4:30pmDer Golem (1920, Not Rated, Blu-ray)
6:20pmHoward the Duck (1986, PG, 70mm)
8:30pmMuppets from Space (1999, G, 35mm)
10:15pmMoon Zero Two (1969, G, DVD)
Sunday, 24 April
12:10amPacific Rim (2013, PG-13, 35mm)

Be sure to check the 47th Annual Science Fiction Marathon Facebook Event for the most recent information.

See below or click the movie title for more detailed descriptions.

Movies, order and times subject to change. Check back for more information closer to the event.


Tentative Food Schedule

Friday, 22 April
6:00pm - Coffee House Sandwiches ($4.00 / half)

Saturday, 23 April
12:00am - Krispy Kreme Doughnuts ($1.50 each)
8:30am - Bialy's Bagels ($2.00 each)
12:30pm - Sitoo's Pita Wraps ($3.00 / half)
8:00pm - Presti's Stromboli ($4.00 each)
8:00pm - Guys Pizza ($2.00 / slice)

Important Details

Free parking is available in both Lot 01A and Lot 44. Lot 1A is open for entry between 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm on Friday. Lot 44 will be available after 4:30 pm on Friday. If you arrive earlier than 4:30 pm, you will have to pay for parking in the Veale Parking Tower (lot 53) at the posted rates. If you park at a location other than Lot 44 or Lot 1A, we are not responsible for any parking tickets or loss of access to your vehicle. It is highly suggested that marathon attendees stick with the lots we recommend.

Early Arrivals

If you arrive before 6pm on Friday for the Marathon, there will be NO OFFICIAL SPACE for you to camp out. If you intend to arrive early, please anticipate making your own arrangements.

Admission Information

Admission information is subject to correction. Please check back before finalizing your plans.

Pricing for this year's science fiction marathon is $30 per person. Tickets go on sale Friday, 22 April at 6pm in the lobby of Strosacker Auditorium. No one under 18 admitted without parental supervision.

If you are unable to stay for the entire marathon, you may purchase tickets for movies individually. If you surrender a state or college ID to us, we will allow you to pay $4 per movie you wish to stay for. You are free to stay for more movies than you initially pay for, however you will be charged the balance before return of your ID. You may also simply purchase a wristband for the remaining balance of the marathon upon your arrival if you do not wish to surrender an ID (maximum charge of $30.)

Pre-sale tickets will be sold Monday, April 18 through Wednesday, April 20 in Tinkham Veale University Center and Thursday, April 21 through Friday April 22 in Nord. A $25 per marathon pass price will be available to CWRU faculty, staff, and students as well as employees of University Circle businesses. Other members of the community will be able to purchase for $30. All wristbands will be available for pick-up the evening of the event when the doors open. Pre-sale tickets do not allow you to enter the theater before 6:00 pm.


No alcohol. No glass bottles. No fire hazards. Bring deodorant. Bring a toothbrush. Don't forget your towel. Space for sleeping bags will not be available this year. No one under 18 admitted without parental supervision. All bags are subject to inspection before admittance.

STAGE RULES: It is no longer possible to remove the classroom A/V equipment from the stage (stage right/house left side) for Marathon. Aside from losing precious mattress/sleeping bag real estate, we must prevail upon our audience to not fiddle with, place, store, or spill food & beverages on, fold, spindle, mutilate, or otherwise in any way disturb that equipment.

COVID-19 RULES: In addition to the added safety measures listed in our in-person attendance statement, all participants must follow all our covid procedures listed on our dedicated COVID-19 page Anyone caught intentionally breaking any of these rules will be asked to leave the auditorium without a refund.

Rules subject to change at the discretion of the CWRU Film Society. Check back closer to the event for any additional rules.

Detailed Movie Descriptions

Friday, 22 April
8:00 p.m. Dune: Part One (2021)
Rated PG-13 (156 min)
Director: Denis Villeneuve
With Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya
Format: DCP
Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert's science fiction novel, about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy.
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11:10 p.m. War of the Worlds (1953)
Rated G (85 min)
Director: Byron Haskin
With Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne
Format: 35mm Film
A small town in California is attacked by Martians, beginning a worldwide invasion.
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Saturday, 23 April
12:45 a.m. SURPRISE 1: Disaster Squad 2: Dawn of Armageddon (????)
Not Rated (119 min)
Director:Paul Tokach
Format: Digital
A surprise? Wonder what it could be...
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3:00 a.m. The Lawnmower Man (1992)
Rated R (108 min)
Director: Brett Leonard
With Jeff Fahey, Pierce Brosnan, Jenny Wright
Format: TBA
A simple man is turned into a genius through the application of computer science.
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5:05 a.m. Lifeforce (1985)
Rated R (101 min)
Director: Tobe Hooper
With Steve Railsback, Mathilda May, Peter Firth
Format: Blu-ray
A race of space vampires arrives in London and infects the populace, beginning an apocalyptic descent into chaos.
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7:20 a.m. Space Battleship Yamato (1977)
Rated G (135 min)
Director: Toshio Masuda
With the voices of Gorô Naya, Kei Tomiyama, Shûsei Nakamura
Format: Blu-ray
Gamilons are a race of evil aliens that are trying to destroy the planet Earth. However, a group of civilians look to the battleship Yamato for its space travel and go on a mission to bring back a neutralizer that will get rid of the radiation from the Earth.
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9:50 a.m. The Iron Giant (1999)
Rated PG (86 min)
Director:Brad Bird
With the voices of Eli Marienthal, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Aniston
Format: 35mm Film
A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.
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11:35 a.m. Star Wars Ep. III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Rated PG-13 (140 min)
Director: George Lucas
With Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor
Format: DCP
Three years into the Clone Wars, the Jedi rescue Palpatine from Count Dooku. As Obi-Wan pursues a new threat, Anakin acts as a double agent between the Jedi Council and Palpatine and is lured into a sinister plan to rule the galaxy.
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2:10 p.m. SURPRISE 2: Star Wars (1977)
Rated PG (121 min)
Director: George Lucas
With Mark Hammil, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
Format: 35mm
A surprise? Wonder what it could be...
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4:30 p.m. The Golem (1920)
Not Rated (91 min)
Directors: Paul Wegener, Carl Boese
With Paul Wegener, Albert Steinrück, Ernst Deutsch
Format: Blu-ray
In 16th-century Prague, a rabbi creates the Golem - a giant creature made of clay. Using sorcery, he brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution. Note: this silent film will be accompanied LIVE by performer Jeff Rapsis (
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Live score Performed by Jeff Rapsis.

6:20 p.m. Howard the Duck (1986)
Rated PG (114 min)
Director: Willard Huyck
With Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones, Tim Robbins
Format: 70mm Film
An extraterrestrial duck finds himself transported to Cleveland, Ohio.
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8:30 p.m. Muppets from Space (1999)
Rated G (87 min)
Director: Tim Hill
With the voices of Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Bill Barretta
Format: 35mm Film
Gonzo is contacted by his alien family through his breakfast cereal. But when the men in black kidnap him, it's up to Kermit and the gang to rescue Gonzo and help him reunite with his long-lost family.
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10:15 p.m. Moon Zero Two (1969)
Rated G (100 min)
Director: Roy Ward Baker
With James Olson, Catherine Schell, Warren Mitchell
Format: DVD
A space salvage expert and his partner become involved with a group of criminals intent on hijacking a small asteroid made of sapphire and crashing it into the moon for later recovery. The only place that they can bring the asteroid down without drawing attention to themselves is a far side mining claim. But first they must dispose of the miner. Little known to them, however, is the fact that the miner's sister has hired the same salvage team to help her locate her missing brother.
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Sunday, 24 April
12:10 a.m. Pacific Rim (2013)
Rated PG-13 (131 min)
Director: Guillermo del Toro
With Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi
Format: 35mm Film
As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.
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