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Films on the Great Lawn @ Sunnylands

Sunnylands Films on the Great Lawn is back  this spring in partnership with the Palm Springs international Film Society to present  a series that will take you to a land far far away with your favorite 80's fantasy classics. Screenings take place on three consecutive Fridays in May, with movies beginning at 8:00 pm and gates opening at 7:30 pm. A truly Inconceivable month with Bowie, Andre The Giant, Falkor, and the imagination of Jim Henson underneath the desert stars that you won't want to miss!

Filmgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and small picnic items for the outdoor screening. Large coolers, alcohol, smoking, and pets are not permitted. Please see information about Sunnylands policies regarding pets and picnics. With limited parking, carpooling is strongly advised. Admission is free.

Films on the Great Lawn are presented in partnership with the Palm Springs International Film Festival.For more information please contact the education department at 760-202-2234 or email


Sunnylands Center & Gardens
37977 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
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Friday, May 4
Gates - 7:30 PM | Film Begins 8:00 PM

A fairy tale adventure about a beautiful young woman and her one true love. He must find her after a long separation and save her. They must battle the evils of the mythical kingdom of Florin to be reunited with each other. Based on the William Goldman novel "The Princess Bride" which earned its own loyal audience.


Friday, May 11
Gates - 7:30 PM | Film Begins 8:00 PM

Fifteen-year-old Sarah resents her baby brother Toby and secretly wishes that he will just disappear. Her wish comes true when goblins kidnap the boy. Feeling responsible and guilty about his abduction, she sets forth to retrieve him, and finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime. To rescue her brother, she must sneak into the castle of the Goblin King, which is in the center of a fantastical labyrinth. But, the task is easier said than done, for the maze is filled with strange creatures and mind-bending puzzles, and nothing is really as it seems.


Friday, May 18
Gates - 7:30 PM | Film Begins 8:00 PM

On his way to school, Bastian (Barret Oliver) ducks into a bookstore to avoid bullies. Sneaking away with a book called "The Neverending Story," Bastian begins reading it in the school attic. The novel is about Fantasia, a fantasy land threatened by "The Nothing," a darkness that destroys everything it touches. The kingdom needs the help of a human child to survive. When Bastian reads a description of himself in the book, he begins to wonder if Fantasia is real and needs him to survive.