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The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry's returning Sci-Fi Film Festival, showcasing 22 Aug. 5, is a nerd's dream.

PUBLIC DOMAIN - The cult-classic SciFi movie The Fifth Element is one of manybeing served up at the 2017 OMSI SciFi Film Festival right now and in the days ahead.With cult titles like 1953's "War of the Worlds" (Saturday, July 29), being shown on OMSI's massive four-story, 4K screen, audiences will no doubt feel as though they're being transported into another dimension.

Some titles with multiple showings include: Christopher Nolan's "Inception" at 8:30 p.m. July 27 and "Pacific Rim" at 9:30 p.m. July 29, and 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1.

But catch the new "Alien: Covenant" only once, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 26.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, "The Fifth Element" starring Bruce Willis will show at 7 p.m. July 28, with an encore at 8:30 p.m. July 31.

Another draw will be "The Man Who Fell to Earth," starring the late singer-actor David Bowie, showing at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 25.

Movies in the festival will show in OMSI's Empirical Theater, which underwent a transformation into digital format in 2013. The film festival started in 2015 as a celebration of futuristic thinking.

"Since we did the remodel, programming the theater has become more of a focus for us," says Andrea Edgecombe, OMSI's director of events. "And science fiction, to me, is kind of the best genre because it combines the film and art sense with science."

The theater seats 300 people and Edgecombe expects shows to sell out.

"The cool thing about science fiction is the insight that it has. It's thought-provoking, entertaining, and it can be educational as well about what the future will look like," she says.

Buy tickets for individual shows online at omsi.edu, at the OMSI front desk, 1945 S.E. Water Ave., or by phone at 503-797-4000. Prices are $6 for kids 3-13 and seniors 63 and over, and $7 for adults.

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