2001: A Space Odyssey gets 50th anniversary 70mm run

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2001: A Space Odyssey gets 50th anniversary 70mm run

PostTue Apr 03, 2018 2:24 pm

Some lucky filmgoers (not me) will get to see Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey in 70mm in those theatres that can screen it. Sadly, our local multiplex scrapped its 70mm gear years ago, and of course is purely digital projection these days.

According to that A.V. Club story, Warner Bros. is calling it "a new, 'unrestored' 70mm print of 2001: A Space Odyssey from the original camera negative: 'This is a true photochemical film recreation. There are no digital tricks, remastered effects, or revisionist edits.' " So no return to its preview length with the 17-odd minutes that Kubrick cut out of it. Screenings start in May, following a debut of this print at Cannes, introduced by 70mm fan Christopher Nolan. It's also running for a week at the Music Box in Chicago (which already owns its own 70mm print).

First time I saw it was as a wee lad, in 70mm in Washington DC in the early '80s, would love to have that experience again.
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PostTue Apr 03, 2018 2:29 pm

Although Warner is touting this as totally new, I'm pretty sure it's new prints from the same new negative they made a couple of years ago, and which both The Music Box in Chicago and the Egyptian in LA own their own prints of (they don't own them per se but they paid for the print and get to keep it in house). This was talked about with The Music Box's Julian Antos in NitrateVille Radio episode 6.

And yes, it's a great print!
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PostWed Apr 04, 2018 5:38 am

Too bad they won't also rebuild the Glendale theatre in Toronto where I saw its debut on a Cinerama screen. It would be worth the billion dollars or so the rebuild would cost, just to show the film again.

And then I would go across the street to order the steak and kidney pie at the Steak Pit restaurant. Just like I did 50 years ago, except Dad isn't around to pay the bill this time!

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Re: 2001: A Space Odyssey gets 50th anniversary 70mm run

PostWed Apr 04, 2018 1:32 pm

Jim Roots wrote:Too bad they won't also rebuild the Glendale theatre in Toronto where I saw its debut on a Cinerama screen. It would be worth the billion dollars or so the rebuild would cost, just to show the film again.

The Glendale looks like it was a lovely theatre. This article about it even mentions the fact that 2001 played there for two years! It was the last theatre in Toronto to have a Cinerama screen, and was demolished in 1974 after screening The Godfather: Part II.
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Re: 2001: A Space Odyssey gets 50th anniversary 70mm run

PostWed Apr 04, 2018 1:33 pm

Mike Gebert wrote:Although Warner is touting this as totally new, I'm pretty sure it's new prints from the same new negative they made a couple of years ago

I had a feeling that would be more the case than "from the original camera negative". Thanks for clearing that up.
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PostThu Apr 05, 2018 6:25 am

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Jim Roots wrote:Too bad they won't also rebuild the Glendale theatre in Toronto where I saw its debut on a Cinerama screen. It would be worth the billion dollars or so the rebuild would cost, just to show the film again.

The Glendale looks like it was a lovely theatre. This article about it even mentions the fact that 2001 played there for two years! It was the last theatre in Toronto to have a Cinerama screen, and was demolished in 1974 after screening The Godfather: Part II.


It was gorgeous and BIG!!! Seven blocks north of my home (I lived one block below Lawrence Avenue, mentioned in the article), so very easy for us to walk up there for a movie night. The article doesn't mention that in a last-ditch effort to keep it going, its massive Cinerama screen was removed and the theatre was split into two screens, but that didn't work well. It had a marvellous balcony that got in the way of the split.

Some films I saw there in their original run: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Cabaret, A Hard Day's Night, Grand Prix, Bullitt, Cat Ballou, several Elvis and beach movies (c'mon, I was a kid with older siblings who dragged me along!), and I hazily remember one of the other films that were made with Cinerama in mind (Grand Prix as mentioned above, but also something else). Also the Glendale ran the premier of The Graduate, which my parents attended without us kids (it was restricted admission) and which my mother later reported was filthy.

Fittingly enough, I bought my first car off that Nissan lot.

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Re: 2001: A Space Odyssey gets 50th anniversary 70mm run

PostThu Apr 05, 2018 12:03 pm

I hated when single screen theatres got split in half (or thirds, or worse), but such was the encroaching threat of the multiplex. Our own Halifax Paramount Theatre suffered the same fate (where I saw my first movie after moving back here, Disney's Island at the Top of the World). I wish I'd been to Yonge Street's Uptown Theatre before it got bisected, but at least I got to see a couple of 70mm features (Baraka and Blade Runner) there during visits to Toronto.
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PostThu Apr 05, 2018 2:16 pm

s.w.a.c. wrote:I hated when single screen theatres got split in half (or thirds, or worse), but such was the encroaching threat of the multiplex. Our own Halifax Paramount Theatre suffered the same fate (where I saw my first movie after moving back here, Disney's Island at the Top of the World). I wish I'd been to Yonge Street's Uptown Theatre before it got bisected, but at least I got to see a couple of 70mm features (Baraka and Blade Runner) there during visits to Toronto.


Did you get to the Uptown Backstage theatres? You got there by going through a grungy back alley and up a rickety flight of metal stairs, if I recall correctly. Can't remember if there were two or three screens, but the whole place was horrid, especially compared to the Uptown front theatres. Believe it or not, that's where I saw 8 1/2.

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Re: 2001: A Space Odyssey gets 50th anniversary 70mm run

PostThu Apr 05, 2018 7:22 pm

Two more films c. 1968 are supposed to be getting reissues...

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Re: 2001: A Space Odyssey gets 50th anniversary 70mm run

PostFri Apr 06, 2018 6:02 am

Jim Roots wrote:Did you get to the Uptown Backstage theatres? You got there by going through a grungy back alley and up a rickety flight of metal stairs, if I recall correctly. Can't remember if there were two or three screens, but the whole place was horrid, especially compared to the Uptown front theatres. Believe it or not, that's where I saw 8 1/2.

I believe I went to them during a TIFF in the early '90s, but thankfully have scrubbed most of those memories from my mind.
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Re: 2001: A Space Odyssey gets 50th anniversary 70mm run

PostFri Apr 06, 2018 11:49 am

In my hometown, Richardson, Texas, the Promenade Theater could easily hold nearly nearly a thousand, and it had a second theater added on in the early 1970s that was not as large. In 1984, the big theater was split into four theaters, and the smaller one into two. The four-theater setup was awful and you had to walk down very narrow hallways to get to two of the "new" auditoriums. That setup made the place look like a dump and it quickly went out of business. It was demolished and it is now a grocery store.
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Re: 2001: A Space Odyssey gets 50th anniversary 70mm run

PostWed Apr 11, 2018 12:09 pm

To bring the thread full circle, Bruce, the Promenade in Richardson Texas showed "2001" in 1969. My mother dropped me off there on a Saturday afternoon so I could see it, having read all about it in "Popular Science"(!). I loved the film, until we got to the last sequence with the psychedelic light show and strange bedroom. That part I didn't like at all. Of course, I WAS 12 years old....
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Re: 2001: A Space Odyssey gets 50th anniversary 70mm run

PostMon Apr 16, 2018 1:11 pm

I contacted my local revival house about this reissue and they managed to get it for 4 dates in August, the only screenings in Michigan. I've heard that there are 4 NEW prints being struck not older prints. I'll put the dates etc in the "talkie screenings" board.

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