Story By Adam Sanders
There’s nothing like watching a movie on the big screen. Cinemas are time machines that allow us to temporarily escape reality and be transported to times long ago and galaxies far away. They let us peer into other worlds and catch a glimpse of different cultures that we wouldn’t be able to experience otherwise. Classic films especially have this ability because they’re cut from the cloth of a different era.
In this day and age it’s all about newer, bigger, better. Studios spend hundreds of millions of dollars on blockbusters, utilizing state of the art technology such as 3D, to make big movies that hopefully spawn sequels and become the next billion dollar franchises. There are countless new movies every week and even with the abundance of mega multiplexes, cinemas don’t have the time or space to house them all. That’s why it’s especially significant when a major theater chain like Cinemark dedicates time and theater space to shine a light on the classic movies of our past.
Cinemark has teamed up with Fathom Events to bring us the Turner Classic Movies Event Series. Digitally restored classics, such as Casablanca and Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, are brought to life on the big screen and paired with interviews and special features that give long-time film fans a chance to re-experience their favorite movies and give younger audiences a chance to discover these gems in all their cinematic glory.
I recently went to the event for The Birds and had a fantastic time. Though I’d already seen the movie nearly a dozen times, I had never seen it on the big screen. It was amazing. Before Alfred Hitchcock’s most thrilling movie began, they played a new interview filmed specifically for this event. TCM host and film historian, Robert Osborne interviewed Tippi Hedren, star of The Birds. It was entertaining, informative and served as a complementary side dish to the main course. TCM also delved into the archives and presented us with past interviews of co-stars Rod Taylor and Suzanne Pleshette. They shared set stories and told us about their experiences working with the Master of Suspense.
The movie crackled on the big screen. The digitally projected Technicolor looked great and though it boasts no conventional music score, the sound effects and cackle of the birds never sounded more terrifying. Hitchcock’s sweeping crane shots and technical mastery deserve to be seen on the grandest of screens and I felt lucky that I was able to experience the movie in this fashion.
Check out the trailer for the TCM Event Series of The Birds
I would highly recommend checking out a Turner Classic Movies event at your local Cinemark. It’s a lot of fun and a great chance to introduce youngsters to the classics, not to mention see some great movies the way they were intended to be seen. Here is a list of upcoming films from the series:
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial- Wednesday October 3rd 2012- Hosted by Ben Mankiewicz. Click here to see a current list of participating theaters. Check out the trailer for the TCM event E.T. – The Extra Terretrial.
Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein Double Feature- Wednesday October 24th 2012- Hosted by Robert Osbourne. Click here to see a current list of participating theaters. Check out the trailer for the TCM event Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein Double Feature.
To Kill a Mockingbird 50th Anniversary- Thursday November 15th- Hosted by Ben Mankiewicz. Click here to see a current list of participating theaters.