The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene will mark the 60th anniversary of Eisenhower’s presidency with a series of classic Oscar-winning and nominated movies from 1953, his first year in office.
The free film series began Thursday. It will continue March 14 with “The Band Wagon,” a critically acclaimed MGM musical comedy. The film features Fred Astaire as an aging star of movie musicals trying to revive his career amid a clash of personalities in a troubled Broadway play.
On March 21, the series concludes with “Stalag 17,” featuring William Holden’s best-actor-winning performance as a prisoner in a World War II prisoner of war camp who is suspected of being an informant for the Nazis.
The showings will begin at 7 p.m. at the auditorium of the library, 200 S.E. Fourth St., Abilene, and will feature free soda and popcorn.
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The film series is sponsored by Robert “Hank” Royer in honor of his grandfather, Paul H. Royer, a founder of the Eisenhower Foundation and a classmate of Eisenhower’s at Abilene High School.