Classic films are making their way back to the cinema thanks to the new digital screens so many theater chains have been installing. There's no need for movie theater owners to hunt down original 35mm films and change reels, when all they have to do is sync a film or put a Blu-Ray in the projector.
One chain in particular, Cinemark, has made the digital change to theaters across America and, to celebrate the new technology, in winter of 2014 they began a Cinemark Classic Series. Films that were shown in the past included All About Eve, The Wizard of Oz, How the West Was Won, Goldfinger, Sunset Boulevard, The Seven Year Itch, Charade, Rear Window, The Treasure of Sierra Madre, To Catch a Thief, Giant, Tootsie, Jaws, Roman Holiday, Gigi, Psycho, and It's a Wonderful Life.
If you're like me and you're thinking "Shucks! I missed these!" then rev up your engine and join Mickey Rooney and Buddy Hackett on the ultimate treasure hunt in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World ( 1963 ), in theaters April 10th and 13th, 2016. Also showing in the near future is a Kubrick double-feature : Clockwork Orange and 2001: a Space Odyssey ( April 3rd and 6th ).
If you have little tykes, then consider another "classic" series - The Disney Screen. Most of Disney's animated films, a lot of their newer films, and a sprinkling of great live-action classics are shown every day...and at a great price! For only $5 you can watch all the movies that are playing that day. As their press release states :
"Disney Screen is a new way to watch your favorite Disney films on the big screen. Each week, Disney Screen will host four classic Disney films. All four films play each day and are accompined by a short film. And here's the best part....admission is unlimited!"
For $5 you can watch all four films playing in one day....or you can purchase a monthly pass and gouge on popcorn and cartoons all day long.
Here is a selection of just some of the titles shown in the past and coming soon :
The Sword in the Stone, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Toy Story, Flubber, Aladdin, Hercules, Swiss Family Robinson, Robin Hood, A Bug's Life, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Fox and the Hound, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, and Pollyanna.
Unfortunately, only six theaters across America are currently showing Disney Screen. Count yourself lucky ( and don't pass on the opportunity of seeing these films again ) if you are near one of these!
For more information on Cinemark's Classic Film Series check out this link :
To see upcoming Disney films, take a peek here : http://www.cinemark.com/cinemark-disney-screen.aspx