For Eureka Springs mover-and-shaker Jeff Danos, it began a number of years in the past with a “Bad Movie Night.”
The collection he initiated, screened on the Eureka Springs City Auditorium, showcased “campy low-budget flicks which can be so dangerous they’re good,” Danos says.
“Included within the showings have been movies with native ties, comparable to 1969’s sci-fi thriller ‘It’s Alive,’ filmed in Onyx Cave, and ‘Pass the Ammo,’ a 1988 Hollywood romp a couple of scandalous televangelist performed by Tim Curry, co-starring Annie Potts and Bill Paxton,” he explains. “These movies additionally featured regionally sourced extras, and because of this, they’re beloved by many longtime Eurekans, no matter what the skilled movie critics thought.
“When we screened ‘Pass the Ammo’ within the Aud, we had an enormous turnout, and I had a number of of us who informed me they’d stored memorabilia from these movies,” Danos goes on. “I’ve additionally collected a few of my very own over time. Eureka Springs has been featured on movie since at the least the Twenties, so I believed it could be enjoyable to collect what I might discover from the assorted movies and actors who’ve roots in Eureka.”
Of course, with Danos having just lately turn into director of operations for the Eureka Springs Historical Museum, the following logical step was to assemble an exhibit. “Eureka on Film” opens to museum members at a gala tonight and to the general public Monday.
Danos discovered the museum job completely suited a time in his life when he wished to do one thing completely different.
“I used to be born in New Orleans, however moved to Colorado simply in time for highschool,” he begins his personal historical past. “I attended Metro State College of Denver and have a effective arts diploma with an emphasis in graphic design, however I had fallen into a company job working for the cellphone firm. The advantages and pay have been nice, however I disliked touring away from my spouse and youngsters so usually. Big metropolis dwelling was additionally getting me down, and small-town dwelling was calling to us, however we did not discover the proper of small city till we occurred upon Eureka Springs.
“We’ve lived right here for 15 years now, and constructed our own residence. Together with my fantastic spouse Christina, who works on the Eureka Springs Carnegie Public Library, and a handful of wonderful volunteers, now we have organized quite a few particular occasions all through the years, together with the favored Zombie Crawl that benefited the Flint Street Food Bank,” Danos goes on. “In addition to being identified colloquially as ‘the zombie man’ and the ‘mad scientist of music’ DJ Testube, I’m additionally a fanatical native historical past fanatic. With particular occasions severely impacted by the pandemic, it was time for a change for me. I noticed the itemizing in search of a brand new museum director, a job that ticks all of the packing containers for me, so I utilized and obtained it! As Alexander Graham Bell as soon as stated, ‘When one door closes, one other opens.'”
Danos has collected fantastic issues for the exhibit, amongst them a duplicate of the “humorous wanting ping-pong-balls-for-eyes creature costume from ‘It’s Alive,’ in addition to a part of a gargoyle statue that sat poised on the roof of the Auditorium in the course of the filming of ‘Pass the Ammo.'”
He additionally discovered “that there have been, and nonetheless are, stars amongst us right here in Eureka Springs — even once they do not make their presence identified. I discovered that well-known silent movie stars as soon as known as this city house, starlets from Hollywood’s golden age grew to become actors within the Passion Play, and at the least one scuba diving fanatic swam with sharks and James Bond.”
“Eureka on Film” will probably be on present by mid-November, and objects donated for the exhibit will turn into a part of the museum’s everlasting assortment, Danos says.
An whole constructing facade was constructed on the south facet of the Eureka Springs City Auditorium for the 1988 movie “Pass the Ammo,” says Jeff Danos, the brand new director of the Eureka Springs Historical Museum. “And it was blown to bits on the finish of the movie! Most of the tales I’ve heard inform of a real good time that was had by locals, whether or not spectating or taking part” in movies shot in Eureka Springs. “While a few of these movies sometimes stepped on native toes,” he provides, “the one actual grievance I’ve heard was from a Eurekan who regretted not ‘hooking up’ with Tim Curry whereas he was filming right here!”
(Courtesy Image/Jeff Danos)
Gwenllian Gill was born on Dec. 11, 1915, in Hartlepool, County Durham, England. The actress, greatest identified for “Murder Tomorrow” (1938), “Menace” (1934) and “Flame within the Heather” (1935), died on Jan. 24, 2004, in Eureka Springs. She is included within the new “Eureka on Film” exhibit on the Eureka Springs Historical Museum.
The 1969 sci-fi thriller “It’s Alive” was filmed in Onyx Cave, and the Eureka Springs Historical Museum has a a duplicate of the “humorous wanting ping-pong-balls-for-eyes creature costume” in its new exhibit, “Eureka on Film.”
‘Eureka on Film’
WHEN — 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Sunday & Wednesday
WHERE — Eureka Springs Historical Museum, 95 S. Main St. in Eureka Springs
COST — $5; ages 6 & youthful free
INFO — 253-9417 or eurekaspringshistoricalmuseum.org