60th Anniversary of Around the World in 80 Days Celebrated at the LBJ Ranch in “Movies Under the Stars” Series Johnson City, Texas -- Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical
60th Anniversary of Around the World in 80 Days Celebrated at the LBJ Ranch in “Movies Under the Stars” Series
Johnson City, Texas — Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park concludes its popular outdoor summertime movie series on Saturday, September 10, with the showing of the movie “Around the World in 80 Days,” starring David Niven, Cantinflas, and Shirley MacLaine. The film starts at dusk and will be presented on a large outdoor screen at the LBJ Ranch near Stonewall. Access to the ranch begins at 6:30 pm. A movie trivia contest will precede the film with prizes given out to lucky contest winners.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of “Around the World in 80 Days.” Released in 1956, the movie was based on the Jules Verne novel originally published in 1873. “Around the World in 80 Days” chronicled the adventurous story of Phileas Fogg, an English aristocrat portrayed by David Niven, who bragged that he could circumnavigate the globe in 80 days. Cantinflas, a Mexican movie star, portrayed Passepartout, the personal valet of Fogg. Cantinflas, whose real name was Mario Fortino Alfonso Moreno-Reyes, was well known for his versatile acting and comic abilities. In a real-life connection to the LBJ Ranch, Catinflas stayed at the ranch in November of 1965 as a guest of President and Mrs. Johnson. “Around the World in 80 Days” earned five Academy Awards including the award for Best Picture. Cantinflas won a Golden Globe Award for his performance as Passepartout.
Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and refreshments. The program is free of charge. Entry to the LBJ Ranch is located north of US Highway 290, just off of Ranch Road 1. Parking is available on the airstrip taxiway adjacent to the movie site.
The Johnsons enjoyed inviting guests to their ranch to show some of the biggest films of the 1960s and early 1970s. For modern visitors, the “Movie Under the Stars” series is a great way to enjoy timeless classics while experiencing a night of family fun on the LBJ Ranch—just like friends of the Johnsons experienced.
The LBJ Ranch hangar visitor center will be open from 6:30 pm through the end of the film. Visitors are welcome to explore the interactive exhibits, shop the Western National Parks Association sales outlet, and use the restrooms in the building.
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park is open seven days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information call 830-868-7128 ext. 231 or 244, or visit www.nps.gov/lyjo and www.facebook.com/LBJohnsonNPS.
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(Saturday) 6:30 pm