Sci-fi classic set to be screened at Aden Flicks

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Aden Country Park in Mintlaw, is offering a rare opportunity to see a free screening of the original classic 1951 black-and-white science fiction film “The Day The Earth Stood Still”.

The film is to be screened on Saturday, January 24 at 2pm in the Aden Theatre within the Aberdeenshire farming Museum.

Directed by Robert Wise, this 1951 film is a superbly crafted landmark of the sci-fi genre.

The film has a runtime of approximately 92 mins and is certified as universal (U) being suitable for audiences aged four years and over.

All of Washington D.C. is thrown into a panic when an extra-terrestrial spacecraft lands near the White House.

Out steps Klaatu, a handsome and soft-spoken interplanetary traveller, whose “bodyguard” is a huge robot who spews forth laser-like death rays when danger threatens.

Klaatu announces that he has a message of the gravest importance for all humankind, which he will deliver only when all the leaders of all nations will agree to meet with him.

Neil Shirran, Aden Development Worker, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer a free screening of this classic sci-fi film.

“We aim to show a wide range of films at Aden, from sci-fi through to comedy, romantic, documentary and animation.

“In fact we plan to do a short poll to help us establish what local people want to see screened.

“So why not come along and let us know whether you’re more of a Stanley Kubrick buff than a Martin Scorsese fan, or perhaps more obsessed by Wes Anderson than the Coen Brothers”.

Tickets for this screening are free, however to avoid disappointment advanced booking is advised.

Tickets are available now from the Aden Craft and Gift Shop in Aden Country Park or you can also contact 01771 624268.

For additional information please visit the Aden Country Park website

The Aden cinema is being run by Buchan Development Partnership (BDP) and the Friends of Aden Country Park in partnership with NEAT (North East Arts Touring) Flicks and Aberdeenshire Council.

The free screening of this film has been made possible through funding support from the BFI Sci-fi, Film Hub Scotland and Cinema For All.

For more information on the BFI Sci-fi support, please visit or

Make sure you get your tickets and don’t miss this classic film.