‘42,’ ‘Great Gatsby’ featured at outdoor Free Movie Nights


Good movies, good weather and good company all come together this summer as Cal State San Bernardino hosts free outdoor screenings of the recent blockbuster hit movies “42” and “The Great Gatsby.”

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Sponsored by the university’s John M. Pfau Library, this first Free Movie Nights event will be held on the Pfau Library lawn. “42” will be screened Thursday, July 25, and “The Great Gatsby” will be screened Aug. 22, both starting at 8 p.m.

“42” tells the story of Jackie Robinson, the first black Major League Baseball player, who went on to become Rookie of the Year in 1947. Starring Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers general manager, the biopic presents a brutally honest depiction of the taunts, racial epithets and threats Robinson endured in becoming an American icon.

In 1997, Major League Baseball retired the Number 42, the only number to be retired universally in the history of the game. The film “42” was written and directed by Brian Helgeland, who won a 1998 Academy Award for Best Screenplay for “L.A. Confidential.”

“The Great Gatsby,” directed by Baz Luhrmann, is the latest adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s great literary classic. The story follows Nick Carraway, an aspiring writer, who recounts his experience with his millionaire neighbor Jay Gatsby’s tragic romance with his cousin Daisy in 1920s New York. Boasting an all-star cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton and Isla Fisher, the movie also includes a groundbreaking soundtrack compiled by Jay-Z.

Both films will be projected on a 10-foot tall inflatable movie screen, ensuring that everyone will have a great view on the library lawn.

Moviegoers are encouraged to bring family and friends along with blankets and snacks to accompany them on these relaxing summer nights. There will also be food trucks at the event, including Cajun food, hot dogs, snow cones, and more. Moviegoers are invited to dress the part for the screenings, wearing their favorite baseball jerseys for “42” and then getting dolled up in their most roarin’ twenties duds for “The Great Gatsby.”

For more information on Free Movie Nights, contact Iwona Contreras at (909) 537-3447.

For more information on Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007, or visit the university’s news site at news.csusb.edu.