‘Top Gun' Screening to Land at Van Nuys Airport

The chance to see the famous flight film, at a place of flight, is zooming this way.

The vast variety of places to watch a movie in this town?

Astonishing, truly, from parks to schools to classic movie palaces to mega-plexes. It can feel, at times, as though the roster of possible screening locations is as long as the scroll of a film's end credits.

But there's one sort of spot that stands out as especially cinematic: A place that mirrors what viewers are seeing on the screen, if not exactly, then very much in spirit.

"Top Gun" will come in for a landing at such a place on Saturday, July 13, and if you guessed it might have something to do with planes, then you're as smart as an F-18 Super Hornet is fast.

The 1986 classic will, in fact, feel the need, the need for speed at none other than Van Nuys Airport at one Maverick of a movie screening.

The reason behind the event, however, isn't as maverick-like as it is marvelous: Proceeds from the $20 tickets will benefit the Valley Relics Museum, which calls the airport home.

Oh yes, and if you want to go the VIP route, that's $35. "Popcorn in a Souvenir Tub" is involved, as are pilot wings.

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And, fer sure, if you like retro '80s flicks, then you'd certainly dig this funky, neon-lit museum, for it's home to plenty of San Fernando Valley artifacts, including a host of over-sized business signs.

Already humming a few bars of "Take My Breath Away"? Or "You've Lost That Loving Feeling"?

Then slip into your jumpsuit, don your aviators, and tip your wing in the direction of Van Nuys Airport, where one of the best-known fly-fast flicks ever will screen steps away from the runways and planes.

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