Take a few weeks ago. When I realized that my town’s IMAX theater was participating in the Raiders of the Lost Ark re-release, I jumped at the opportunity. Literally. I got so excited that I jumped and ran around the house in my fedora until I had tired myself out like a child. In my delirium, my husband said I was more excited at the chance to see Raiders on the big screen than any other cherished moments we’ve had together…like our wedding. He knew what he was getting into, but I digress.
All my life, I had been watching Raiders of the Lost Ark on TVs. Big TVs, little TVs, HDTVs, little tiny ones that came with the family van. I was engrossed in the images no larger than my own head at times. As I sat in the theater, it was like seeing my favorite movie with a new set of eyes. A movie that had always been bigger than life was bigger than ever and it was 115 minutes of pure film heaven.
That being said, let me get to the point of why I’m writing this now. This week, select theaters will be showing two classics that beg to be seen on the big screen. On Wednesday, October 4th E.T. will be showing in celebration of its 30th anniversary. The following day, Thursday, October 5th will be Lawrence of Arabia, celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Did you hear that? E.T. in theaters for a new generation of kids to really experience. Lawrence of Arabia in all it’s expansive glory on a screen big enough to do the film justice! You know as well as I that no TV in an average home is really fit to watch Lawrence of Arabia on. Even my husband is excited enough about it to stay out late for this!