Not a day seems to go by lately without another reminder that the world of movies as we’ve known it since 1895 is about to change in a big way. While the “non-theatrical” world that Secret Cinema theoretically sits in has preferred the economies of video projection for most of our two decades of existence, the neighborhood multiplex (what’s left of them, anyway) is now getting in on the act and scrapping their film projectors EN MASSE in favor of “digital cinema.” In 2013, Hollywood is scheduled to cease making celluloid prints of movies.
It is hopefully needless to state that the Secret Cinema is not jumping on this bandwagon anytime soon, and we aim to keep the film-as-film experience alive for as long as possible. Indeed, we go to great effort and expense to maintain our film archive and maintain our 16mm projectors, the newest models of which date to the mid-1980s (and the ones we use more often are 20 years older than those!). But with all of this gloomy news about, we felt like saluting both the material and art-form of motion picture film with a special cinephilic program.
On Saturday, October 22, the Secret Cinema will present ANOTHER ROMANCE OF CELLULOID: MORE OLD FILMS ABOUT FILM. The screening will include a variety of just what its name suggests, including films about film technology, studios, movie stars, film archives, and home movies, plus, if time permits, some vintage promotional shorts and trailers. These original short films date from the 1920s through the 1970s.
There will be one complete show, starting at 8:00 pm. Admission is $8.00.
AS ALWAYS with Secret Cinema events, the films will be shown using real film (not video) projected on a giant screen.
Author: Eric Bresler
Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.