Old Movies on the Big Screen

Kids, last Sunday I got a chance to see one of my favorite movies of all time on the big screen for the first time in my life.

I don’t want this to sound like a commercial, but it’s going to anyway.

Thanks to Fathom Events, I got to watch Superman: The Movie the way it was intended to be seen. And I’ve never seen that in the theater because it was released before I was born. For the 40th anniversary of the film’s release, Fathom Events re-released it for limited showings.

A couple weeks before that, I had a chance to see Die Hard when it was released for its 30th anniversary. That was definitely after I was born, but that one’s a hard R rating. No way they’d have let an 8-year-old see John McClane drop Hans Gruber from the 32nd floor of the Nakatomi building.

I’ve known that these Fathom Events were in existence for a while. But I usually only see them advertising viewings of ballet performances or operas that, honestly, don’t interest me at all. But when they start luring me in to see great movies that I’ve only seen on the small screen? That’s when I pay attention.

Back in 2015, when I got to see the entire Back to the Future trilogy at the theater, I said that this is the kind of thing that Hollywood should be doing more often. Instead of giving us pointless remakes of Footloose and The Lion King, just release the originals back into theaters for a limited run. I don’t see how this is a bad idea.

For one thing, studios aren’t spending millions of dollars making a movie that they already spent millions of dollars to make a number of years ago. For another, these are movies that they already have completed. What’s wrong with releasing those to a new generation and letting people pay money to see them all over again?

I know, there would be a lot of people out there who would say why pay to see something in the theater something that they could see on DVD or Netflix for next to nothing. I would argue that there’s still something special about experiencing certain movies on a big screen in a dark room full of strangers.

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