That Time I Went Back to the Future

I really don’t understand why mainstream cinemas don’t show classic movies more often. Obviously, these theaters would need to choose wisely when finding old films to show to a modern audience. One can’t expect a sell out crowd for a clunker like Batman & Robin. Bu when it’s something like Back to the Future, which after 30 years is still a pop culture phenomenon, get ready for a full house.

Back to the FutureLast night, the theater in town showed the Back to the Future trilogy and it was outstanding. If you ever have the chance to see your favorite movie with a theater full of strangers who love that movie as much as you do, do it. I never realized that this great movie could be even more entertaining when a room full of people are sharing and expressing the same basic emotions at the same time throughout the film. Most of us in that theater didn’t know each other, but we were all connected by our mutual love for Back to the Future.

Theater owners, what’s keeping you from having classic movie nights on a regular basis? Why do we necessarily need to wait for a special anniversary to make great movies available on the big screen? For a lot of years, Disney would periodically re-release their more popular animated features. After all, Sleeping Beauty was made in 1959, but I saw it in the theater as a kid in the 80’s.

Studios, stop rebooting and remaking franchises. That movie that worked so well 30 years ago still works. Stop wasting money on mediocre copies of those films (I’m looking at you, Footloose). And, really, I’m excited about a new Star Wars movie. But I know I would be just as excited (maybe more so) if I found out that Empire Strikes Back was showing for one night only. And when I say that, I mean the original version… not the special edition crap.

Nostalgia is definitely a thing. Why aren’t you cashing in on it? Here’s a list of movies that you might want to consider giving another chance on the big screen, just to help you brainstorm…

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • The Princess Bride
  • E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
  • Halloween (the original, not the Rob Zombie abomination)
  • The Karate Kid (the original, not the Jaden Smith abomination)
  • Die Hard
  • Forrest Gump

Readers, what movie do you want to see again on the big screen? Let me know in the comments. And then write your congressman. That’s what they’re there for, right?Back to the Future - The EndUPDATE: As if the brilliance of re-releasing classic movies needed further proof, I just saw an article stating that the one-day release of the Back to the Future trilogy raked in $1.7 million yesterday in North America. Made even more globally. Take that, crappy new movies.


3 thoughts on “That Time I Went Back to the Future

  1. YES- classic movie night at the theater! Big thumbs up- as long as they are matinee prices all day.

    AS YOU WISH… princess bride- awesome

    At Halloween time- it should be a double feature- Halloween 1 and then Halloween 2, since really they are just an extension of the same night, same filming. I bet if a theater showed those movies every year Friday/Saturday for month of Oct, people would come. I would. It would be like Rocky Horror Picture show. We’d say things, bring stuff. 🙂

    Back to the Future 1 and 2 on the anniversary.

    Star Wars, Empire Strikes back

    Raiders of the Lost Ark movies

    Lethal Weapons

    Die Hards

    Aracnidphobia (during Halloween time- those spiders on the screen- eek)


    Alien (1) and Aliens (2)


    Market to women (and some guys will still go- date night) 1 month of remembering JOHN HUGHES annual celebration. Friday/Saturday: Breakfast club, Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, Some Kind of Wonderful, Ferris Buehler’s Day off, Planes Trains Automobiles, Christmas Vacation (and Vacation), Uncle Buck, The Great Outdoors, Weird Science, Mr. Mom.

    Footloose (the Original- the new one uck)

    Jumping Jack Flash- Whoopi Goldberg is SO FUNNY trying to figure out Mick Jagger’s lyrics.

    Pretty Woman

    Flat Liners

    Real Genius- Val Kilmer in his PJs and slippers

    ***okay, so you can see I love the 80s!

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