Free movies old and new light up Midlands Friday night

Allen Wallace photos.

Do you like your heroes in black and white, using nothing but wits and charm to outmaneuver the bad guys? Do you prefer a tesseract-empowered star with the power to fly and the strength of a hundred or more? Either way, the Columbia area had something for you Friday night, and it was all free.

In Lexington, Icehouse Amphitheater and Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission offered the community a chance to see a film widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time: the 1942 classic Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

The event drew a crowd that included seniors, kids and many ages in between.

“My daddy fought in World War II,” said Joe Wallace, making reference to the time period and backdrop of the movie. ”But there are young people here who surely never talked to anyone who did.”

On the Columbia side of the river, in Earlewood Park, historical settings gave way to pure fantasy as the city’s summer movie series concluded with Captain Marvel.

The big hit film, released earlier this year, is based on a comic book character, with Brie Larson in the title role alongside Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, battling the shape-shifting Skrulls, invaders who’ve come from their own planet to attack earth.

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