The Burlington Free Press has a great article up on the Essex Cinema’s ongoing Throwback Thursday event, where they bring back a cinema classic for the big screen. They also look at other efforts in the state to bring back other films to the big screen:
Chad Goyette’s life changed in 1985 when, at age 6, he was blown away by “The Goonies.”
He’d never seen a movie in a theater before. That exciting opportunity may have contributed to Goyette’s subsequent obsession with the Hollywood yarn about kids who discover a treasure map while trying to save their town from developers.
“It just kind of stuck with me,” he recalled.
Goyette watched the film repeatedly, wearing out three or four VHS cassette tapes and later a few DVDs, while growing up in the southern Vermont town of Saxtons River.
Last week, Goyette, now a Boston resident who works in film and television production, returned to the Green Mountain State for his 400th viewing of “The Goonies,” in Essex. (He confesses that it may actually be more since his countdown didn’t start until 8th grade.)
Whatever the number, for him that sold-out Jan. 26 show represented only the second viewing of his favorite film on a big screen. This historic event unfolded in the T-Rex room at the Essex Cinemas, which encourages audiences to submit ideas for cherished older movies via its web site or social media. The winners may wind up on a 60-foot screen during Throwback Thursdays, a well-attended biweekly ritual.
“Film in a theater is a social occasion,” suggested Dale Chapman, who manages the Essex Cinemas. “A crowd can laugh together, cry together and gasp together.”
They may have gasped at attacks by prehistoric creatures in “Jurassic Park,” chosen for the debut of Throwback Thursdays in November. “That was the most natural fit for our premiere at T-Rex,” Chapman said, explaining that the trademark name is a shortened version of “Theater Real Extreme.”
Whether extreme or quietly intimate, theatrical settings large and small that show classics appear to be on the rise throughout Vermont. Several film series are attracting devoted audiences apparently willing to leave home on winter days and nights rather than sit in front of the TV.
Read the rest of the article here.
I’ve been to one of the TT events over in Essex – Jurassic Park – and really loved seeing the movie on the big screen, and I’m really looking forward to the upcoming Indiana Jones screening in a week. Personally, I think that this is something that we’re going to see more of: not because it’s the way films really deserve to be seen, but because it’s a new way for the theater industry to stay afloat. It’s a smart move: these are films that have proven their worth with audiences already, and as more attention is paid to the first weekend, DVD sales and overseas openings, not to mention film piracy, it’s a good way to bring people in for the real ‘theater’ experience that we all value.