Look what I saw in the lobby at SilverCity Riverport yesterday...
A little sleuthing led me to more about the Classic Film Series being offered by Cineplex in 2010-2011.
"This is a great opportunity for classic film fans to see their favourites in digital on the big screen! A series of classic film titles will be screened in a digital format from September 2010 – August 2011. The intent is to showcase classic films that, in most cases, have not been seen on the big screen in this format before."
How great is that! The chance see Doctor Zhivago, The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music or Spartacus on a great big screen. I can't wait to see It's A Wonderful Life with a crowd of people. And what a timely release of Psycho - this is the film's fiftieth birthday, and all the cinema rags have been running pieces on it.
And can you believe? Five bucks a ticket. Yowza.
You know, when multi-screen theatres first started opening, this sort of thing was talked about. Show current releases on most of your screens, but reserve a screen or two for foreign and independent cinema, another for classic films. Perhaps it was the proliferation of home video that killed that particular star (along with rep theatres like The Ridge or VanEast in their heyday), or perhaps it was simple greed... er, economics. Whatever the case, it's fantastic to see a commercial chain like Cineplex launch this wonderful experiment. Let's hope they sell enough popcorn to make it worth their while!
In the lower mainland the series is showing at SilverCity Riverport, SilverCity Coquitlam, Colossus Langley and Scotiabank Theatre downtown.