So there are several services that offers old movies on the big screen: two are Flashback Cinema and TCM Big Screen Classics. They tend to show in a variety of theater's around the United States.
The weekend before last, we got to enjoy Jaws on the big screen, and that was a blast. Jaws really holds up well and is still a great movie. Yes, you will need a bigger boat. I saw it when it was originally released in the Drive-In with my mom, but I was 6 years old and don't remember much about it other than my mom getting blasted by people for taking her young daughters to see such a gory movie, so it was fun to see it on the big screen. My son had a minor heart attack a few years ago and ended up spending some time in the hospital. One day we were bored, so I was flipping through the channels, and we came across Jaws which was just starting. My son had never seen it before, and was less than enthusiastic, but ended up loving the movie, and so he was thrilled to get to see it on the big screen. BTW, now we have to see ALL movies about sharks that come out, but that's okay because RM and I like them as well. But I digress.
We have also had the pleasure of watching Its a Wonderful Life on the big screen as well, and it was amazing! It is such a wonderful movie, and although some people claim it doesn't feel like Christmas until the Rankin and Bass cartoons come on, for me, its not Christmas until I see Its a Wonderful Life. Although not a big hit when originally released, due to an oversight in the copyright, it ended up being in Public Domain, so every station out there showed it repeatedly around Christmas because it was FREE!!!! up until Ted Turner picked up the movie's copyright. The movie is interesting because Frank Capra made it with the intent of shining a light on religion, but he failed because the movie is more about humanism and not how important a god is, but that each person can have a great impact and how a community can come together.
Coming next week to Flashback Cinema is Jurassic Park, which I saw when I was pregnant with out youngest on the big screen. I remember the amazing impact on the big screen that just isn't as powerful on a smaller screen.
In all the older movies, I have seen on the big screen it amazed me every time how much detail I miss on the smaller screen. I have seen Its a Wonderful Life about 12000 times it seems, but it wasn't until I saw it on the big screen that I noticed the little skull sitting on Potter's desk. Watching Jaws spring out of the water is amazing on a big screen.
So, yeah, you can probably watch old movies at home for free. You can make your own popcorn and get your own soda without having to take out a second mortgage, but it just isn't as fun as watching it on the big screen. A fun time for the family on a drowsy Sunday or hectic Wednesday.
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