Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’ celebrated in Florence

City Lights Cinemas & Siuslaw Public Library plan events

Oct. 8, 2021 — This month, City Lights Cinemas and the Siuslaw Public Library District will present the “Frank Herbert ‘Dune’ Celebration,” honoring the historical ties between the Florence dunes and the seminal science fiction classic that influenced a generation of books, music and films.

In 1957, Herbert traveled to Florence, Ore., to write a magazine article on the Oregon Dunes. “Sand dunes have been known to swallow whole cities, lakes, rivers, highways,” he wrote to his agent, fascinated by the struggle between nature and humanity.

The article never materialized, but the awe of the Oregon dunes became the inspiration for “Dune,” which expanded into a series of influential books and films.

The sands of Florence have spread across the world through Herbert’s work, from some of the most influential fiction, music, art and film of all time, to science in politics. The plains of Saturn’s moon Titan are even named after the book, as well as a crater on the earth’s moon. Because of the work of Herbert, his family, friends and all those who love great writing, the Florence dunes have spread into the stars. 

With this celebration, people can see both the 1984 Universal picture, directed by David Lynch, and the greatly anticipated 2021 Warner Brothers adaptation, directed by Denis Villeneuve, while learning the rich history behind ‘Dune’ and the Oregon Coast.

Experience the world of Frank Herbert in the birthplace of ‘Dune’ —Florence, Ore.


Frank Herbert ‘Dune’ Celebration

“Dune” (1984) with “‘Dune’ on film” presentation by City Lights Cinemas

— Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.

See the 1984 David Lynch classic “Dune” on the big screen, and discover the tumultuous journey to bring it to cinemas, along with its ties to some of the biggest hits in cinema history.  The film will also play at 12:30 p.m. without a presentation.


“Dune” (2021) plus exclusive filmed intro with Byron Merritt, Frank Herbert’s Grandson

— Thursday, Oct. 21, and Friday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m.

The grandson of Frank Herbert, who was a consultant on the new “Dune” film, talks about the legacy of “Dune” and Florence. Short film produced by City Lights Cinemas and Siuslaw Public Library.


“Dune” (2021) with presentation by Oregon Dunes Restoration Collaborative

— Saturday, Oct 23, 3:30 p.m.

 Learn about Herbert’s history with Florence’s dunes from those who are taking the lead on efforts to save them.

“Dune” (2021) in-theater book club with Siuslaw Public Library

— Sunday, Oct. 24, at 3:30 p.m.

Contrast the book and the film from page to screen in an open discussion led by Siuslaw Library Director Meg Spencer. Both the novel and the new graphic novel are available at the library and City Lights Cinemas.


Online book club with the Siuslaw Public Library

— Thursday, Nov. 4, at 10:30 a.m.

Discuss the themes and the meaning of “Dune” with the library’s regular virtual book club. Contact [email protected] or call 541-997-3132 for meeting details.


The Frank Herbert Collection

— All month long

See rare items from the Frank Herbert collection — from books, film memorabilia and art — all of which were donated to the Siuslaw Public Library District by Herbert’s family. See displays at both the Florence branch of the library, 1460 Ninth St., as well as City Lights Cinemas.


Tickets are on sale now at or in person at City Lights Cinemas, 1930 Highway 101.