See the classic film, "Chinatown,"­ in a theater, with commentary and discussion


Join us at Chinatown.

The West Orange Film Society holds an excellent classic film festival each year. The AMC theater, where it is held, is one of those theaters that serves food and beverages to you at your seat if you are so inclined. Feel free to indulge if you want to, but if enough people want to, we may go to a restaurant as a group afterwards. 

I am providing you with the full schedule below, in case you want to see other films in the series, but the one I am scheduling as an Alive and Kickin' event is Chinatown.

With a suspicious, porcelain-skinned femme fatale (Faye Dunaway) bankrolling his snooping, private eye J.J. Gittes (Jack Nicholson) uncovers intricate dirty dealings in the Los Angeles waterworks and gets his nose slashed for his trouble. Meanwhile, his financier harbors a nasty family secret. Director Roman Polanski reimagines 1930s Los Angeles with an onionlike story that reveals itself one complex layer at a time in this classic neonoir.

 Stephen Whitty, or another critic or cinephile will lead a discussion after the film. I have scheduled our meetup for 1:30, and the screening will begin at 2:00. Ticket prices are $10.00 ($7.50 for members of the West Orange Arts Council)
If you are near West Orange, you might want to buy your ticket at the box office in advance.  Tickets are aso now on sale online.  Here is the link: Fandango 

I don't want anyone, especially if you are driving from afar, to be disappointed, so if advance purchase is not feasible, just arrive early!

8th Annual West Orange Classic Film Festival

Jan 6 Chinatown (1974) Roman Polanski
Jan 13 Children of Paradise (1945) Marcel Carne
Jan 20 Batman (1989) Tim Burton
Jan 27 Singin in the Rain (1952) Stanley Donen
Feb 3 Amarcord (1973) Federico Fellini
Feb 10 Black Maria Film Festival
Feb 17 The African Queen (1951) John Huston
Feb 24 Dog Day Afternoon (1975) Sidney Lumet


All shows Sunday at 2 PM
Film Chats after each film with Stephen Whitty, Allen Barra, Gerard Amsellem,
Boris Gavrilovic
and special guest Michael Uslan,
executive producer of Batman


AMC Theatre

Essex Green Shopping Center

West Orange, NJ

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  • Miriam

    I just bought my ticket online at website. There are still seats available. See you all tomorrow

    January 5, 2013

    • ken k.

      Thanks, Miriam. Based on your discovery that tickets were now online, I bought mine too and updated the information on our Meetup site.

      1 · January 5, 2013

  • Kem M.

    Sounds like fun. I plan to attend and eat at the theater. It will be a first for me.

    December 22, 2012

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