“The Magic of Flight” and “Amazon” are featured in the fifth annual movie night benefit for the Cambria Education Foundation this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10.
Saving Wildlife International will have five rain forest animals in lobby both nights. Navy jet instructor Tom Lunsford will also be there.
The pilot has been in the active Navy for 10 years and is currently a reservist with 13 total years of service. He completed two tours over Iraq and Afghanistan and is now training the next generation of fighter pilots.
Both the animals and Lunsford will be available from about 6 to 7 p.m. and again during intermission, approximately 8 to 8:30 p.m.
The audience in the 400-seat theater will see the double-feature on the huge, five-story-high Iwerks screen, eight times the size of a conventional screen, starting at 7 p.m.
In “Amazon,” which was an Academy Award-nominated film in the best documentary short category, audiences will explore the mightiest river in the world. The Amazon is the lifeblood for entire civilizations and home to more than 5,000 different species of fish and over 60,000 species of plants that thrive on its banks.
“Amazon” features an exotic menagerie of animals, including jaguars, sloths, dolphins, electric eels, piranhas and a pirarucus — a fish that can weigh 500 pounds.
Narrated by Tom Selleck, “The Magic of Flight” follows the Wright brothers as they soar into aviation history, then the audience grabs a virtual seat in the cockpit of an F-18 Hornet and takes off with the Blue Angels for an exhilarating ride not soon to be forgotten.
The Hearst Castle Theater is at the Hearst Castle Visitor Center in San Simeon.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for 12 and younger (who must be accompanied by adult). Tickets are available at www.cambriaeducationfoundation.org and the Cambria Chamber of Commerce, 767 Main St., and by calling 924-1100.
All proceeds directly benefit students and teachers in the Coast Unified School District.