Museum of Ventura County Screens “The Big Lebowski” (Again)
Friday, July 24th at 9 pm

3rd annual showing establishes a fun ritual at the museum

As part of its occasional Summer Movie Nights, the Museum of Ventura County will screen the 1998 Coen Brothers’ quirky “Big Lebowski” on Friday, July 24th at 9 pm (doors open at 8 pm). It’s the third year in a row that the museum hosts this irreverent night, comprising a Big Lebowski Trivia Contest, a “dude” look-a-like contest—in which most attendees are unwittingly entered, because they wear robes to the event—and raffle prizes. The doors open at 8 pm, with dinner provided for sale by World Famous Franks Gourmet Hot Dog truck and a no-host bar serving “the Dude’s” favorite drink, White Russians, among other libations. At 9:00 pm, the film is shown on the museum’s outdoor plaza on a screen suspended between two big palm trees.

Why show this wacky film at a serious museum? Because of its adjacency to the ocean, in celebration of surf culture? To demonstrate that a museum can be fun? For no good reason at all? Each of these could be true. However, “The Big Lebowski” has gained some credibility since its unsuccessful premier in 1998. Time has been kind to it…Jeff Bridges won a career-appreciative Oscar in 2010; subsequently he earned a place as a subject and artist worthy of an episode of PBS’s series American Masters, entitled “Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides” and, incredibly, the film was selected last winter to be included in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. So, enjoy a night under the stars and see the film for the first time, the hundredth time, or whatever your number might be in-between the two.

“The Big Lebowski”
Friday, July 25, 2014; Doors open 8 pm, Screening 9 pm
Bring your lawn chair and blanket and enjoy an evening of adult humor under the stars
$10 per person/21 & over only
Food available for purchase
Reservations required: Call (805) 653-0323 x315