Hickory – To celebrate A Universe of Stories as part of the Hickory Public Library’s free Summer Learning Program, the Ridgeview Branch is presenting a Science Fiction Film Fest at the Carolina Theater in downtown Hickory. This series of free film screenings launches on Wednesday, May 15 at 7 pm with a showing of Playtime, Jacques Tati’s 1967 comedic masterpiece.

The most expensive French film ever made at the time of its release, with elaborate sets built on several city blocks outside of Paris and a cast of hundreds, Playtime has been hailed by Roger Ebert as a truly visionary film, “one of a kind, complete in itself.” As a meditation on the possibilities of the modern city, Playtime embraces a richly choreographed level of visual detail that illustrates cinema at its finest.

All Science Fiction Film Fest screenings at the Carolina Theater are free and open to the public. The Science Fiction Film Fest will continue with screenings of Godzilla (1954) on Wednesday, June 26 at 7 pm, Fantastic Planet (1973) on Wednesday, July 17 at 7 pm, and Solaris (1973) on Wednesday, August 14 at 7 pm.

The Carolina Theater is located in downtown Hickory at 222 1st Ave NW. Ridgeview Library is located at 706 1st Street SW, at the corner of 1st Street and 7th Avenue SW, beside the Ridgeview Recreation Center. All library programs are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Matt Dale at the Ridgeview Library, 828-345-6037 or mdale@hickorync.gov or visit the library’s website at www.hickorync.gov/library.