Monsters are coming

TO THE EDITOR: Calling devotees of vintage film projection. Enjoy your favorite format every weekend in July, beginning with the 6th-annual Mayors Cup Movie.

The first five selections showcased the Lake Champlain monster. Now we're giving Champ's shaggy landlocked kindred spirit, Bigfoot, the spotlight. The legend of Bigfoot has largely been associated with the Pacific Northwest, but there's a long history of sightings reported eastward including here in the Adirondacks, with 2017’s "The Creature of Stark Hills," which exemplifies the spell Bigfoot has cast over popular culture, stirring the imaginations of both those who make movies and those who only watch them. Although shot in West Virginia, the on-location footage is a dead ringer for the Adirondacks, so we could just as easily be talking about "The Creature of Pok-o-Moonshine."

It's showing at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 6 in the Chamber Room of City Hall (first floor), downtown Plattsburgh.

As for July’s remaining screenings, next is the 1959 sci-fi thriller "The Atomic Submarine" as a follow-up to the Mayors Cup Movie, returning attention to maritime cryptids (e.g., Champ) and showing at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at the Newman Center (90 Broad St.).

A week later, two screenings of "The Raid," a 1954 Civil War classic partly set in Plattsburgh (no kidding!) and showing at 7 p.m. Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 at the Clinton County Historical Museum, 98 Ohio Ave.

Finally, at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 26, we're back at the Newman Center for 1961's "Days of Thrills and Laughter," a spectacular compendium of great serial cliffhangers and slapstick comedies of the silent era, with an irresistible soundtrack of playful music and witty narration added.

All screenings are free, with donations welcome.