The IMAX re-release of Raiders of the Lost Ark recently gave many younger viewers a chance to see a classic movie in theatres for the very first time. Also this month, P.T. Anderson’s The Master has provided the opportunity for moviegoers in select cities to see the movie projected in 70 mm, a rare treat in this day and age. Judging by the strong per-screen average of both of these releases, this is something that many cinephiles were willing to go out of their way to experience. On the flip side, however, many movie fans are indifferent to these kinds of special screenings, believing that their own home theatre systems create the ultimate movie watching environment. But are they missing out on something?
The recent 3D trend has tried to create an extra incentive for people to see movies on the big screen (with varying degrees of success). However, I don’t think it’s just big special effects-driven blockbusters that benefit from a theatrical presentation. For example, it was announced today that Magnolia Films will put out Terence Malick’s To the Wonder in the U.S., which means that it will have a small theatrical release followed by a VOD rollout. It seems like a shame to me that many people will not get to experience such a visually stunning film to its fullest extent. Melancholia is another movie that really deserved to play in more theatres. What do you think? Are there certain movies that need to be seen on the big screen in order to be appreciated? How do you choose what movies you will pay to see at the theatre? What are your most memorable theatrical experiences? Give us your thoughts here on Open Forum Friday.