Ship views sci-fi movies on big screen

By Fleet Capt. Dave Mason
Commanding officer, USS Angeles
USS Angeles members recently watched “X-Men: Apocalypse” under the stars in the ceiling of the historic Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, Calif.
It’s part of our summer movie series.
For “X-Men,” we had the balcony to ourselves in the 2,000-seat auditorium, used both for films and concerts, during the Angeles mission. The interior features stars on the ceiling and a three-dimensional re-creation of a village with Spanish architecture on the walls. The elaborate lobby includes a settee (an elegant sofa) used on the set of “Gone with the Wind.”
We were impressed with the film. My favorite movie of the franchise, though, remains the first “X-Men” movie with the original cast led by Patrick Stewart.
We’ll continue to see movies in July: “Independence Day: Resurgence,” “Ghostbusters” and “Star Trek Beyond.” You’re welcome to join us for the films. For details about these Los Angeles screenings, contact me at And to join our club, click on “Join us” above.
Live long and prosper!

Dave Mason

Commanding Officer, USS Angeles NCC-71840