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70mm, like many other motion picture formats such as
Cinemascope and Cinerama in the 1950s, was created as a way of prying folks away
from those insidious small screen "idiot boxes" (i.e., televisions) that were
starting to deplete the industrys box office thunder. From Super Technirama 70 to
Ultra Panavision to Dimension 150 and more, the 70mm large-screen format promised
and delivered a Barnum-esque world of spectacular sights and 6-track sounds. If the
movies were always larger-than-life, then 70mm movies were MUCH much larger! From 1955 to
1970 the Golden Age of 70mm Filmmaking there were nearly 60 Hollywood
features shot in large format, with many more released in special engagements as
35mm-to-70mm blow-ups (which still offered superior sound and image quality to their 35mm
counterparts). This time around were pleased to offer a screening of CLEOPATRA
(the most recent restoration of a 70mm film), a family matinee of Robert Wises SOUND
OF MUSIC; 70 mm action films including George Millers MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD
WARRIOR (in a 70mm blow-up print), Paul Verhoevens TOTAL RECALL, James
Camerons TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY and many more great classic 70mm
Friday, June 23 - 7:30 PM
70mm Blow-Up Print! MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR, 1981, Warner Bros., 94 min.
Hockey-mask wearing Lord Humongous whips his speed-freaks into a frenzy,
while Road Warrior Mel Gibson tries to save the remnants of civilization, in
director George Millers lean, mean, thrill machine along with James
Camerons ALIENS, the finest action film of the decade. A
replica of the car in MAD MAX will be parked in front of the Aero tonight courtesy of Paul
Saturday, June 24 6:00 PM
Brand New Restored 70mm Print! CLEOPATRA, 1963, 20th Century Fox, 248 min.
Cleopatra (Elizabeth Taylor) at attempts to secure her power as Queen of Egypt by
charming Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison) and Mark Antony (Richard Burton)
with whom she has a stormy love affair, but Egypt is finally integrated into the Roman
Empire. Directed and co-written by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, this epic historical drama of
Queen Cleopatra of Egypt with spectacular sets and costumes has to be seen in 70mm in this
latest restoration from 20th Century Fox. Cleopatra's spectacular entry into
Rome with her golden Sphinx pulled by thousands is a real cinematic moment!!
Sunday, June 25 3:00 PM
Restored 70mm. Print!!
THE SOUND OF MUSIC, 1965, 20th Century
Fox, 172 min. Dir. Robert Wise. For many, THE SOUND OF MUSIC is the 70mm.
experience, from the silent, sweeping shots of the Austrian Alps, to Julie Andrews
suddenly bursting into song like a force of nature. An Oscar-winner for Best Picture and
Wises flawless direction, THE SOUND OF MUSIC is a reason, a virtual commandment
to go see movies on the Big Screen. Co-starring Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Anna
Lee, Marni Nixon and Angela Cartwright, with a wonderful script by Ernest Lehman.
Thursday, June 29 - 7:30 PM
70mm. Print!! VERTIGO,
1958, Universal, 129 min. With its stunning visuals and gripping characters, director Alfred
Hitchcocks psychological suspense masterpiece VERTIGO continues to entrance
audiences. Retired San Francisco police detective "Scottie" Ferguson (James
Stewart) becomes obsessed with Madeleine Elster (Kim Novak), a troubled woman
he is privately hired to follow. Tragedy ensues when Ferguson later stumbles upon Judy
Barton (also played by Novak), a young woman who bears a striking resemblance to
and his obsession spirals out of control.
Friday, June 30 - 7:30 PM
70mm Print! GHOST BUSTERS, 1984, Sony Repertory, 105 min. Dir. Ivan
Reitman. Three para-psychologists, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and
Dan Aykroyd, versed in the occult start Ghostbusters, a company trapping ghosts,
spirits and other supernatural spectors for money. Business starts picking up when Sigourney
Weaver notices strange phenomena in her kitchen, like eggs frying themselves. Suddenly
the Ghostbusters are called on to save the Big Apple. Come enjoy this goofy, quick-witted,
special-effects blockbuster on the Big Big screen!
Saturday, July 1 - 3:00 PM
70mm Print! ANNIE, 1982, Sony Repertory, 126 min. Dir. John Huston.
Young hotheaded orphan Annie (Aileen Quinn) is rescued from a cruel orphanage by a
wealthy industrialist, Oliver Warbucks the wonderful Albert Finney, but the
wicked orphanage supervisor (Carol Burnett) tries to profit from the situation. A
family musical with lots of movement, color, dance and music with sumptuous production
numbers. Dont miss the Story Hour at 2 PM at Every
Picture Tells A Story. July Family Matinees -- Special Pass, Children: 5 Films for $25;
Adult: 5 Films for $35. Individual tickets available for each screening at regular prices.
Saturday, July 1 - 7:30 PM
Double Feature 70mm Print!
TOTAL RECALL, 1990, Sony Repertory, 113 min.
Future-time 2084: construction worker Arnold Schwarzenegger tries to escape his
nightmares by taking a mind-vacation to Mars trouble is, hes already been
there, in director Paul Verhoevens brutally surreal, wickedly funny
adaptation of Philip K. Dicks "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale." Sharon
Stone literally kicks out the jams as Arnolds murderously sexy "wife"
with help from über-villain Michael Ironside.
TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY,
1991, Sony Repertory, 136 min. "A violent movie about world peace" is how
James Cameron described this high-octane sequel to the original TERMINATOR. Like
his earlier ALIENS, T-2 is less a remake than a re-imagining of the first
film -- here, Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger (in a muscular, understated
performance) is an obsolete killer, sent back as guardian to Linda Hamilton and
teenage son Edward Furlong. The strangely-elegant morphing effects of the T-1000
are dazzling -- but its Camerons uncanny blend of pop humor and visionary
sci-fi that make TERMINATOR 2 the ultimate in Future Shock.
Sunday, July 2 - 6:30 PM
70 mm. Print!! LAWRENCE
OF ARABIA, 1962, Sony Repertory, 216 min. The beautiful, near-godlike Peter
OToole stars as the tortured Man Who Would Not Be King, T. E. Lawrence, who
helped the Arabs revolt against European and Ottoman hegemony. Director David
Leans epic is an absolute masterpiece as close to perfect as a film can
get. Featuring one of the finest casts in any motion picture: Omar Sharif (in his
first major English-speaking role), Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Claude Rains and Alec
Guinness as Prince Faisal. D.P. Freddie Youngs 70 mm. photography is rightly
considered to be a work of genius, matched by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilsons
screenplay, Maurice Jarres stirring score and John Boxs production design.
Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. "When
youre in the desert, you look into infinity
It makes you feel terribly small,
and also in a strange way, quite big." David Lean