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Concert Films

Lockdown got you down? Miss live music? The Dryden Theatre has the next best thing with this series of concert films. Filmmakers had always been attempting to record sound along with motion picture film, but it was advancements in synchronized recording in the 1950s and the portability of 16mm cameras that made documenting real-time music performances possible. By the 1970s, concert films had grown into a genre all their own, bringing electrifying performances  to the screen and offering the masses unprecedented access to the musicians and their acts. Whether filmed in  the concert hall or the stadium, these films capture musical greats such as Leonard Bernstein, the Band, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, the Dramatics, the Staple Singers, Isaac Hayes, Simon & Garfunkel, the Who, and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.


Events in this Series

Friday, July 23, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 30, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

The Last Waltz

Dryden Theatre

Concert Films On Thanksgiving Day, 1976, five thousand cheering fans came to see the famed rock group the Band give their momentous farewell performance at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom. The Last Waltz combines both intelligent filmmaking and legendary moments in music history.

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Friday, August 6, 2021, 7:30 p.m.


Dryden Theatre

Concert Films On August 20, 1972, a special benefit concert for the Southern California community of Watts was held before a screaming crowd of 100,000 in the Los Angeles Coliseum.

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Friday, August 13, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Let’s Spend the Night Together

Dryden Theatre

Concert Films Iconoclastic director Hal Ashby (Harold and Maude, Shampoo) takes on iconoclastic rock legends the Rolling Stones in this concert movie, centering on two separate 1981 Stones performances in Arizona and New Jersey.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, August 20, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Monterey Pop

Dryden Theatre

Concert Films One of the first rock festivals, the Monterey International Pop Music Festival took place over a weekend in June 1967. It featured the first major American appearances by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Who, and Ravi Shankar, in addition to Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, and Simon and Garfunkel

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