Space center offers 'Star Trek' viewing under the stars Saturday

Sit under the stars Saturday and see starships battle amid distant planets.

It's not a drive-in but a free walk-up movie at Columbus' Coca-Cola Space Science Center, and it's "Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Kahn," showing at 9 p.m. on an inflatable screen on the south lawn of the Front Avenue center.

The center's Larry Pallotta invites you to bring your own lawn chairs, snacks, drinks and bug spray to enjoy this "family classic."

Family classic?

"It's a classic because it's a take-off on one of the original 'Star Trek' episodes," Pallotta says, noting that Ricardo Montalbán played the villain both in the TV episode and in this followup film.

"He was in the original, and this takes place like 20 years later and this is like what happened to him," Pallotta says. "In the series they just drop him off on this planet, and you don't know what happened to him. This tells you what happened to him. I think it's one of the best 'Star Trek' movies."

Those with more down-to-earth needs will be relieved to know that though the movie's outside, the science center will be open for anyone who has to trek to the bathroom.

For more information, call 706-649-1477 or visit www.ccssc.org.