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My nephew has an idea 26 Dec 2003 11:33 #7117

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My nephew Chris, a very bright guy about to grad from college, has aked me repeatedly about a movie idea he has. Take one night a week, the slowest night of the weeek, and at 9:00 PM show the Oscar winners in a row, once a week. We were driving home and it takes about an hour so I explained why it would not work in our small town. I won't repeat myself. But what are your thoughts to an idea like this? After a while he suggested that a company circuit the prints from theatre to theatre. Then I recalled that Lakeside Rialto does a "morning movies".... would it work in your town? Any town?

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Re: My nephew has an idea 26 Dec 2003 11:50 #7118

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Would be very expensive to do, as you know, and in many instances, the Oscar-winning best picture was definitely NOT the best picture of its year. Can you really imagine anyone showing up at 9 pm on a Monday night (or almost any other time for that matter) for "Cavalcade" or "The Greatest Show on Earth."
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Re: My nephew has an idea 26 Dec 2003 13:58 #7119

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The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is doing just that.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in May 2002 began a season of celebration honoring the 75th anniversary of its founding with a screening series of all of the 75 films named Best Picture. Culminating in December of 2003 with "Chicago," the motion picture honored at the 75th Annual Academy Awards®, each film will receive its own evening of celebration.

The very best restoration and preservation prints from the Academy Film Archive are presented on the big screen in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater, one of the finest screening facilities in the world. In most cases, the films are accompanied by the Academy Award-winning animated short subject of the corresponding year; other surprise trailers, screen tests and behind-the-scenes footage show up periodically. A four-color reproduction of the original poster of the film is featured on the cover of each evening's program and the curtain rises after the playing of that year's Oscar-winning Best Song.

May 2002
5/13/02 BROADWAY MELODY (1928/29) 110 MIN.
5/20/02 ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1929/30) 131 MIN.
*5/28/02 CIMARRON (1930/31) 131 MIN.

June 2002
6/03/02 GRAND HOTEL (1931/32) 112 MIN.
6/10/02 CAVALCADE (1932/33) 110 MIN.
6/17/02 IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934) 105 MIN.
6/24/02 MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935) 132 MIN.

July 2002
7/01/02 THE GREAT ZIEGFELD (1936) 176 MIN.
7/08/02 THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA (1937) 116 MIN.
7/15/02 YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU (1938) 126 MIN.
7/22/02 GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) 234 MIN.
7/29/02 REBECCA (1940) 130 MIN.

August 2002
8/05/02 HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY (1941) 118 MIN.
8/12/02 MRS. MINIVER (1942) 134 MIN.
8/19/02 CASABLANCA (1943) 102 MIN.
8/26/02 GOING MY WAY (1944) 130 MIN.

September 2002
*9/03/02 THE LOST WEEKEND (1945) 101 MIN.
9/09/02 THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946) 172 MIN.
*9/17/02 GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT (1947) 118 MIN.
9/23/02 HAMLET (1948) 155 MIN.
9/30/02 ALL THE KING'S MEN (1949) 109 MIN.

October 2002
10/07/02 ALL ABOUT EVE (1950) 138 MIN.
10/14/02 AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951) 113 MIN.
10/21/02 THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH (1952) 152 MIN.
10/28/02 FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953) 118 MIN.

November 2002
11/04/02 ON THE WATERFRONT (1954) 108 MIN.
11/11/02 MARTY (1955) 91 MIN.
11/18/02 AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (1956) 175 MIN.
11/25/02 THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957) 161 MIN.

December 2002
12/2/02 GIGI (1958) 119 MIN.
12/09/02 BEN-HUR (1959) 212 MIN.
12/16/02 THE APARTMENT (1960) 125 MIN.

January 2003
1/06/03 WEST SIDE STORY (1961) 151 MIN.
1/13/03 LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962) 222 MIN.
*1/21/03 TOM JONES (1963) 121 MIN.
1/27/03 MY FAIR LADY (1964) 170 min.

February 2003
2/03/03 THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965) 174 MIN.

March 2003
3/31/03 A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (1966) 120 MIN.

April 2003
4/07/03 IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967) 109 MIN.
4/14/03 OLIVER (1968) 153 MIN.
4/21/03 MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969) 113 MIN.
4/28/03 PATTON (1970) 170 MIN.

May 2003
5/05/03 THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971) 104 MIN.
5/12/03 THE GODFATHER (1972) 175 MIN.
*5/16/03 WINGS (1927) RESTORATION GALA 139 MIN.
5/19/03 THE STING (1973) 129 MIN.
*5/27/03 THE GODFATHER, PART II (1974) 200 MIN.

June 2003
6/02/03 ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (1975) 133 MIN.
6/9/03 ROCKY (1976) 119 MIN.
6/16/03 ANNIE HALL (1977) 93 MIN.
6/23/03 THE DEER HUNTER (1978) 183 MIN.
6/30/03 KRAMER VS. KRAMER (1979) 105 MIN.

July 2003
7/07/03 ORDINARY PEOPLE (1980) 124 MIN.
7/14/03 CHARIOTS OF FIRE (1981) 124 MIN.
7/21/03 GANDHI (1982) 188 MIN.
7/28/03 TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (1983) 132 MIN.

August 2003
8/04/03 AMADEUS (1984) 158 MIN
8/11/03 OUT OF AFRICA (1985) 150 MIN.
8/18/03 PLATOON (1986) 120 MIN.
8/25/03 THE LAST EMPEROR (1987) 160 MIN.

September 2003
*9/02/03 RAIN MAN (1988) 133 MIN.
9/08/03 DRIVING MISS DAISY (1989) 99 MIN.
9/15/03 DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990) 224 MIN.
9/22/03 THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991) 118 MIN.
9/29/03 UNFORGIVEN (1992) 131 MIN.

October 2003
*10/07/03 SCHINDLER'S LIST (1993) 197 MIN.
10/13/03 FORREST GUMP (1994) 142 MIN.
10/20/03 BRAVEHEART (1995) 177 MIN.
10/27/03 THE ENGLISH PATIENT (1996) 160 MIN.

November 2003
11/03/03 TITANIC (1997) 194 MIN.
11/10/03 SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (1998) 122 MIN.
11/17/03 AMERICAN BEAUTY (1999) 121 MIN.
11/24/03 GLADIATOR (2000) 154 MIN.

December 2003
12/01/03 A BEAUTIFUL MIND (2001) 134 MIN.
12/08/03 CHICAGO (2002)

* Indicates a Tuesday night screening due to a Monday holiday
** Friday evening special event
Running times are for features only and do not include short subjects and trailers. This calendar is subject to change
ALL SHOWS BEGIN AT 7:30 P.M.

A friend of mine subscribed and has seen 90% of them. It cost him a dollar per film.

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Re: My nephew has an idea 29 Dec 2003 21:14 #7120

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As Larry pointed out "It would be very expensive. (Shipping Costs)

Remember the Academy has their own prints of the titles. And doesn't TCM run a special month of Academy winners too.
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Re: My nephew has an idea 30 Dec 2003 16:58 #7121

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A lot is said on this site and others about how TV and videos affect theatre business. But I have found, as I have interviewed people over the last several years, that more and more people are getting tired of sitting home and watching the tube even with "home theatres". Those people want the "theatre experience" and, if we care anything about our business, we have a responsibility to give it to them with all the bells and whistles rather than just putting a bigger picture on a bigger screen.

Chris sounds like he has the makings of a "showman". Encourage him to share more ideas with you. What this business needs today is more showmen. We have plenty of technically savy puppets.



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