Walter Mencken 2 p.m., May 28
Gaslamp's 40 Foot Film series pays tribute to Cinerama...sort of
This month's 40 Foot Film series at Reading Cinema's Gaslamp 15 continues its tribute to Cinerama. (Don't go in expecting 3 projectors and a giant curved lenticular screen and you won't leave disappointed.) The good news is every film on the list will be presented on DCP, not Blu-ray.
There's more than just Cinerama to thrill and captivate. How about sparkling restored digital pressings of the two finest non-Metro musicals of the '50's -- Stanley Donen's Funny Face and Howard Hawks' Gentlemen Prefer Blondes -- and a film that will forever be ahead of its time, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's The Red Shoes? Those who do not mail at least 2 proof of purchase stubs to San Diego Reader, PO Box 0U812 are forever banned from reading The Big Screen.
All screenings take place on Sundays at 1pm, Tuesdays at 7pm, and Saturdays at 7pm. Yes, they have added a third weekly show! Tickets are $7. I have heard tell about people complaining about the recent $2 jump in ticket prices. Don't dare willingly fork over $14 to see digitized dung like Grown Ups 2 only to turn around and gripe about a pristine copy of The Red Shoes for half the price.
Wait...did I just somehow pay Adam Sandler fans a compliment?
Here is this month's schedule. Hope to see you there!
July 30: Cinerama Holiday
August 3, 4, 6: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
August 10, 11, 13: Funny Face
August 17, 18, 20: Day of the Jackal
August 24, 26, 27: Cinerama: Seven Wonders of the World
August 31 and September 1 & 3: The Red Shoes