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Classic films part of Kingman's Route 66 Festival

Scenes from “Edge of Eternity” were shot at this gas station on Andy Devine Avenue. (Courtesy)

Scenes from “Edge of Eternity” were shot at this gas station on Andy Devine Avenue. (Courtesy)

KINGMAN - A local film aficionado will bring a variety of both famous and relatively unknown films to Kingman Cinemas as part of the International Route 66 Festival this fall.

Rob Chilcoat, curator of the Kingman Army Air Field Museum at the airport, has gathered about 20 movies for the event.

Most were filmed somewhere on the 2,000-mile highway, which runs from Grant Park in Chicago to the Santa Monica Pier in California. And some even include Kingman and Mohave County sites.

"When plans for the Route 66 festival first started, I said I have to do this part because I'm such a film buff," said Chilcoat, whose production company is called Robbie's Route 66 Road Show.

"We're looking at the birth of an annual film festival in Kingman. Once we start, we're going to have a lot of submissions and people will want to be part of it."

The big-name movies include "Easy Rider," "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," "Edge of Eternity," "Route 66," "Cars," "Roadhouse 66," "Two-lane Blacktop," "Go West," and "Universal Soldier." Lesser-known films include "Route 66: Bones of the Old Road," "Pipes and Sticks on Route 66," "Autumn of Route 66," "Hidden in Plain Sight: The Kingman UFO Crashes," and "Built for Speed."

Each film will feature a red carpet event before it airs, including a visit by a celebrity associated with it and a trivia discussion. Prices have not been set yet, but Chilcoat is looking at individual, day-long and event-long tickets. Several local filmmakers have contributed to the project, and Chilcoat is still seeking more local movies.

Kingman was chosen as the 2014 site for the Route 66 Alliance's annual festival during last year's event in Joplin, Mo. The theme for this year is "Kingman - Crossroads of the Past & Future."

The event will feature a variety of activities Aug. 14-17 throughout the Kingman area.


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