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70MM!!! Alfred Hitchcock's VERTIGO 1958

Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo has overthrown Citizen Kane as the greatest film of all time, according to British magazine Sight & Sound. Citizen Kane had previously won the top spot in each decade since 1962Vertigo’s rise to the top spot was not unheralded, however: It has risen in the poll’s estimation each decade since 1982, and came unusually close to unseating Citizen Kane in 2002.

[NOTE: The annual Hollywood Christmas Parade will be taking place this same evening--please carefully read important details about the parade on our group's DISCUSSION PAGE since this event will greatly impact on street access to the area].

The American Cinematheque will be screening an ultra rare 70mm wide screen print (though the movie was filmed in Paramount's unique Vista Vision wide screen format--shot with 35mm film running through the camera horizontally instead of vertically--a 70mm print was adapted from this originally shot format several years ago when the movie underwent a major film restoration. And above and beyond this fact, the Egyptian Theatre is the only house in Hollywood other than the Cinerama Dome that can still show 70mm prints (the Chinese and El Capitan theatres had their equipment dismantled in favor of DCP digital projection equipment).

[Note: Host Jono will also be attending the Cinematheque's 4K digital restored presentation of THE WIZARD OF OZ crosstown at their Aero Theatre in Santa Monica so may or may not be able to reserve seats (depending upon traffic).

Pay parking is highly recommended and will cost you around $10 depending upon your lot. The Hollywood & Highland complex will provide limited free parking with validation, but it will not provide sufficient time to cover the film's running time. Metered street parking is mostly 1 hour or 2 hours max so changes of getting a $70 parking ticket are in your favor.

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  • Jono

    Yes they do, but I was referring to Hollywood and not Beverly Hills. And our group attended a very ambitious 70mm film fest there just about 3 months ago including SPARTACUS which was introduced in person by Kirk Douglas. The only other local theatres that can show 70mm are the L.A. County Museum's Bing Theatre and the Cinematheque's AERO in Santa Monica.

    November 13, 2012

  • Lionel

    Does the AMPAS theatre on Wilshire screen 70mm? They claim to support every format--this enables AMPAS members to view films as they were originally released & presented.

    November 12, 2012

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