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Movies Under the Stars at LBJ Ranch features ‘The Italian Job’

Movies Under the Stars at LBJ Ranch are shown on a giant outdoor screen. Admission is free. Next up is ‘The Italian Job’ on July 27. Courtesy photo

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park continues its popular summer Movies Under the Stars series on Saturday, July 27, with “The Italian Job.”

Starring Michael Caine, this action-comedy delighted audiences 50 years ago — including an audience at the LBJ Ranch. On August 7, 1969, President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird, screened the film for friends and neighbors in their airplane hangar, which they periodically turned into a movie theater.

“The Italian Job” tells the story of professional criminal Charlie Croker (Caine), who embarks on a dangerous mission. Recently released from prison, Charlie learns one of his friends attempted a high-risk job of hijacking gold bullion in Turin, Italy. Unfortunately, the Mafia found out what Charlie’s friend was up to and killed him. Charlie then decides to take over the heist himself. He orchestrates a traffic jam in Turin, steals the gold, and attempts to escape. The movie co-stars Noel Coward, Benny Hill, Raf Vallone, and Margaret Blye.

The film will be shone on an outdoor screen at LBJ Ranch starting at dusk Saturday. Gates open at 7PM. Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and refreshments.

The entrance to LBJ Ranch is located north of US 290 just off of Ranch Road 1 near Stonewall. Parking is available by the movie site. In case of inclement weather, call (830) 644-2396 for updates.

The LBJ Ranch hangar visitor center will be open from 7PM through the end of the film. Visitors are welcome to explore the interactive exhibits and shop the Western National Parks Association sales outlet. A movie trivia contest will precede the film.

Next up in the Movies Under the Stars series on September 7 is the documentary “Apollo 11.” It features never-before-seen footage and audio recordings of the historic 1969 moon landing.

LBJ National Historical Park is open seven days a week from 9AM to 5PM. For more information, call (830) 868-7128 ext. 231 or 244 or visit the park’s website.

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