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2001: A Space Odyssey in 70 mm (and Cinerama!)

  • Oct 15, 2011 · 7:45 PM
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Note: Please try to make it on time, as there will be a line to get in to this film.  If you can't make it this early, just give me a call. I can save seats.

One of the things that eventually sold me on coming to Seattle was that it had one of the few theaters still equipped to show Cinerama movies.  For those of you not familiar with the process, it was a short-lived format in which you had a huge curved screen onto which three film projectors projected 35 mm film (later abandoned for one projector projecting 70 mm film.  Here's an illustration, showing the inside of the Cinerama in Seattle: http://seattlecinerama.com/the-experience/technical/).  While there were a few great films to use one of the several types of Cinerama, there was one in particular that stood out for me: 2001: A Space Odyssey.

As part of the Big Screen 70 mm Film Festival (co-presented by SIFF), this is one of the films being shown on that huge screen, for only $12 (that's less than mediocre 3D projected crappily on a much smaller screen).  That's right: get to see Kubrick's masterpiece as few people get to see it, and for only a few dollars more than you'd pay to see an inferior digital or 35 mm film.  In fact, all the films being shown for this festival rarely leave the Hollywood vaults, for two reasons: 1.) they are rare, and 2.) not many movies theaters are equipped to play 70 mm.  As for Cinerama, only three theaters are currently equipped to play those films.

In other words, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, for which I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND buying tickets ahead of time.  Not only will this guarantee you a seat, but by buying tickets ahead of time and printing them at home, it makes it much easier for us to get in line as soon as everyone arrives.  Tickets can be purchased on the Cinerama website, and unlike other ticketing websites, they don't charge you extra for "processing" or other such nonsense (note: the film is at 9 pm on October 15th, so buy your tickets accordingly): http://www.cinerama.com/

Since some of you will be using the parking lot next to the Cinema (on Leonora Street, though I would recommend coming by bus), I think it will be easier to meet right near the doors that lead into the theater, on the opposite side from the ticket booth. BE THERE BY 7:45 PM, SO THAT WE CAN GET IN LINE TOGETHER.  Doors will open between 8:15 and 8:30.

As this film will end around 11:30 (it's almost 2 1/2 hours long), I would recommend discussing it as the credits are rolling and people are leaving the theater, unless you decide not to sit with the rest of us.  We can also regroup in the lobby, particularly if people have to use the restroom right after the film ends.  Of course, staying for the post-movie discussion, brief though it will be, is optional.

Here's a description of Cinerama in all its forms: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinerama

And just in case you know nothing about 2001, here's Roger Ebert's Great Movies Review: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19970327/REVIEWS08/401010362/1023

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was amazing! I will never forget it!

    October 16, 2011

  • Greg

    Though the print has shown some wear and tear (and from where I sat, the rounded screen made the images on the left and right of the screen sometimes appear fuzzy), it's still an awesome movie, and the ending is still waaaay open to interpretation. Thanks for coming, everyone!

    October 16, 2011

  • Greg

    Thanks for the warning, Peter. Don't think there'll be an intermission for 2001, but I don't mind pushing the meetup time back to 7:45. If you are unable to meet us that early, just post a message here and we'll save seats for you.

    October 9, 2011

  • Greg

    Just to clarify: If you print out your tickets at home, you DON'T have to trade them in at the box office. Just bring the printout with you. Also, seating isn't assigned, so if we go in as a group, we should be able to get seats together.

    October 7, 2011

  • Greg

    Of course! After all, there will be several hundred people there who aren't affiliated with the meetup group at all. :-)

    Make sure you buy your tickets ahead of time, though. It costs the same as buying them at the door, and you'll be guaranteed a seat that way.

    October 4, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm new to this group is it okay if I'm new to come to this event?

    October 4, 2011

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