Classic movies in a Modern City
By Jennifer Bechem
Published Feb 23rd, 2006
Have a passion for the vintage? Think copies of black and white films are sacred? Have you always dreamed of seeing My Fair Lady on the big screen? Then you’re in luck because New York City is the place for you. The Big Apple is home to numerous movie theatres, but in particular, home to Big Screen Classics.
If you grew up practicing "The rain in Spain is mainly in the plains" followed by a dance routine, shouting off balconies that you could "Dance all night?" Then it probably hit you pretty hard when you realized that your Henry could talk to animals while keeping up a musical number in Dr. Dolittle. You wanted more than anything to believe that you were going to be swept up out of poverty and into beautiful gowns with society outings to attend. But at some point in your thirties when you couldn’t get a date any longer and singing "I feel pretty" didn’t make you feel any better you realize you’re not Audrey Hepburn. If this describes you or someone you know, then you’re in luck because if you’re in New York, you can relive or experience for the first time those fantasies and sing along as you watch My Fair Lady on the big screen at The Ziegfeld on 54th Street.
What draws us to these timeless classics, long after special affects grow into whole characters and King Kong’s story has been told three times? Some say that acting was just at a different level back when Audrey Hepburn and Marlon Brando filled the screen with passion and vigor. Sure, today we have few hopefuls who fill our hearts, but sometimes it just seems easier to relate to something that didn’t take billions of dollars to make. But I digress...
The Ziegfeld on 54th Street and Chelsea Cinemas on 23rd play older movies for us diehards who just can’t get enough of Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl or musical/dancing classics like Westside Story. Don’t worry if you don’t like the music and dancing of the fifties and sixties, there are also the movies that have just straight up great acting. At Two Boot’s Pioneer Theater on East 3rd Street, for the next two weeks you can also find an insane general in Dr. Strangelove, along with many other long lost and forgotten great flicks.
If movies are your thing then definitely check out all your possibilities before deciding to see a movie that you can watch in any other place. Remember New York is a place where about 8 million people live and at least some of them like to watch the same movies you do. Chances are that there is at least one theatre in the great big city that has the very first Halloween up and ready to play in October.
Places like Two Boots are not franchises, so they can afford to play seasonal material (checkout their springtime Science fiction set of movies coming up at www.twoboots.com). Be warned, the theaters are normally smaller, but they are also cheaper. Two Boots also has promotional with their restaurant and video store where, if you eat at the restaurant then on a certain night of the week you receive a discounted ticket (a rare and beautiful thing in New York).
Therefore, make sure to check out ALL options before you commit! Enjoy the show!