Movies at MacArthur

The "Movies at MacArthur" film series takes place the third Tuesday of each month. Doors to the museum open at 6 p.m. and the movies begin at 6:30.

Admission is free and there will be complimentary popcorn and drinks available.

Rebel: Loreta Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War

Rebel: Loreta Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War

March 15, 2022

At the outbreak of the Civil War, a teenager from New Orleans headed to the front lines. Under the alias Harry T. Buford, he fought at First Bull Run, was wounded at Shiloh, and served as a Confederate spy. But Bradford harbored a secret-- he was really Loreta Velazquez, a Cuban immigrant.  By 1863 Velazquez was spying for the Union. She scandalized America when she revealed her story in her 1876 memoir, The Woman in Battle. Although dismissed as a hoax, evidence confirms she existed, one of over 1,000 women soldiers who served in the Civil War. 

 

War Journal: The Incredible World War II Escape of Major Damon "Rocky" Gause

War Journal: The Incredible World War II Escape of Major Damon "Rocky" Gause

April 19, 2022

The true story of one of the most incredible escapes in all of World War II.  Two Americans, Damon Gause and William Lloyd Osborne, both escapees of Bataan, sailed from the Philippines to Australia and freedom. It took them 52 days and 3,200 miles to reach freedom.  During the trip the Americans faced typhoons, constant threats from Japanese ships, submarines and airplanes, lack of water and food, and even a visit to the world's largest leper colony. Both men kept a journal during their travels and also had a small camera on board given to them one one of the islands they visited. Their daily thoughts and emotions guide us during their long and treacherous journey. 

Homecoming: A Vietnam Vets Journey

Homecoming: A Vietnam Vets Journey

May 17, 2022

Over 300 Vietnam Vets and supporters make a healing pilgrimage on motorcycles from California, across the United States of America to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Join five of these courageous men on a journey across America and through their own lives – a journey that leads them to their emotional, physical and spiritual "homecoming." 

Wartorn, 1861-2010

Wartorn, 1861-2010

June 21, 2022

Civil War doctors called it hysteria, melancholia and insanity. During the First World War it was known as shell-shock. By World War II it became combat fatigue. Today it is clinically known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a crippling anxiety that results from exposure to life threatening situations such as combat.  Drawing on personal stories of American soldiers whose lives and psyches were torn asunder by the horrors of battle and PTSD, this documentary chronicles the lingering effects of combat and post-traumatic stress on military personnel and their families throughout American history, from the Civil War to today's conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

761st

761st

July 19, 2022

The 761st was the first unit to enlist African American soldiers to operate armored vehicles.  What the Tuskegee Airmen were to the skies, the 761st was to land. General George S. Patton requested them to assist with heavy fighting during the Battle of the Bulge in WWII.  The soldiers of the 761st Tank Battalion fought for 183 consecutive days in six countries with great success despite a fifty-percent casualty rate. Despite these undeniable accomplishments, the 761st Tank Battalion would not receive their due credit until April 20, 1978 when President Carter issued the Presidential Unit Citation to them. 

Art in the Face of War

Art in the Face of War

August 16, 2022

Eight World War II artists/veterans recount their service experience and their use of art as a tactical tool and to preserve their own sanity.  Having served in all theaters of operation and in all branches of the U.S. military, including the once-secret Army division known as The Deception Corps, their powerful imagery (some done on the spot, some done years later from haunting memories) will enlighten, challenge, even amuse, showing that war is hell but that creativity can exist in the face of destruction.

Thirteen Hours That Saved Britain

Thirteen Hours That Saved Britain

September 20, 2022

The odds seemed insurmountable. In the heat of World War II, Germany was operating at the peak of its powers and seizing control of huge portions of the European landscape. But on September 15, 1940 the German army came face to face with a foe they had clearly underestimated. It was a bloody battle fought entirely in the skies over Britain that led to Hitler's first major defeat. Using archived footage and cinematic recreations, as well as interviews with dozens of eyewitness and pilots who fought on the frontline,"13 Hours that Saved Britain" recounts this amazing battle. 

War Dogs: America's Forgotten Heroes

War Dogs: America's Forgotten Heroes

October 18, 2022

War Dogs recounts a great untold story from the Vietnam War. Witness the emotionally powerful, real-life story of several thousand courageous dogs that fought alongside allied soldier and saved countless lives. Utilizing never-before-seen archival footage, private home movies and dramatic reenactment, journey with the War Dogs and their handlers into some of the fiercest fighting ever caught on camera.  Under the harshest conditions, see the bond of man and dog reach emotional heights that rise above the cruelty of war. 

Fan Favorite

November 22, 2022

This month our film will be chosen by fans of the film series. Fans will be asked to choose from four of our most popular films from 2015-2020. A link to the voting site will be posted at the end of September and the winner will be announced at the October movie night.