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On Saturday July 27, the State Theatre will host its first Classic Car Cruise-In Film Event, marking the 40th anniversary of the film "American Graffiti."

Beginning at 5 p.m., classic cars from around the area will be on display on East Avenue between Fifth and Third streets in Zumbrota.

Everyone is invited to bring a classic car or simply come to admire the line-up, visit with the owners and grab a bite to eat before watching the movie at 7 p.m.

"American Graffiti" is the quintessential cruising movie. Set in the summer of 1962, it follows two recent high school graduates as they spend their last night at home cruising the strip in their small California town.

Directed by George Lucas, later of "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" fame, this movie launched the careers of many well-known actors including Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Cindy Williams, Charles Martin Smith, Mackenzie Phillips and Suzanne Sommers.

Local car enthusiast David Chalberg remembers when "American Graffiti" first opened in Minneapolis in the summer of 1973. Coincidentally, a car club event was being held nearby; as movie goers left the downtown theater they were greeted by a steady parade of classic hot rods cruising around the block, extending that movie magic for a few more minutes.

For the Zumbrota anniversary showing, the Covered Bridge Restaurant will serve burgers, ballpark franks, beverages and a selection of salads next to the State Theatre. The United Redeemer Church youth will be selling snow cones.

People who bring a classic car receive a discount on their movie ticket. Door prizes will also be awarded.

For more information, visit the website at or call 507-732-5210.

At a glance ...

Car Cruise-In Film Event and "American Graffiti."

When: 5 p.m. cars on display, 7 p.m. movie Saturday July 27

Where: Zumbrota State Theatre, 88 E. Fourth St., Zumbrota

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