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
Welcome Back! This documentary tracks the history of the drive-in theater and talks with historians, academics, and current owners to explore the enduring attraction of watching a movie under the stars.
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.
Welcome Back! Other countries built palaces for royalty; in the United States, we built them to watch movies. Director April Wright follows up her documentary on the drive-in with this historical look at a time when going to the cinema was an experience befitting royalty.