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Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!, August 18-22

The cinema offers an experience unlike any other. Though today we have other ways to deliver and consume moving images, nothing can replace watching a film in the theater. When we recount our best film memories, they are often tied to a specific place; we remember who we were with and how we felt. We are reopening the Dryden with all of this in mind as we explore the theatrical experience through documentaries about the places and the people who run the show. We look at the last 95 years of film history and how going to the movies was represented in the movies. And, we take a look at those dedicated to the motion picture business, even at the smallest theater, and how it has changed their lives.

Events in this Series

Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

The Smallest Show on Earth

Dryden Theatre

Welcome Back! Cute young couple Matt and Jean are struggling financially as Matt tries to make it as a writer. They believe their problems have been solved when they are told that Matt’s uncle has willed his movie theater to them.

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Thursday, August 20, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Have You Seen My Movie?

Dryden Theatre

Welcome Back! Through the power of editing alone, Smith encapsulates his contemplation of the experience of moviegoing with a feature-length narrative comprising multitudinous actors’ emotional reactions to movies they are watching . . . within movies.

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Friday, August 21, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 22, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

The Projectionist

Dryden Theatre

Welcome Back! In this documentary, New York filmmaker Abel Ferrara traces the life and work of his friend and fellow cinephile, uncovering not only a history of cinema in the city, but a history of the city itself.

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