Movies you'd kill to see on the big screen

Firstblood_lSo last night, I went by myself to see 1982’s First Blood, which was back in theaters for one night only. I did this even though I’d been up ’til 4 a.m. the night before writing about the Top Model season finale. Even though I knew my DVR wasn’t gonna be recording The Office and Ugly Betty because it’s out of space. Even though Slezak was totally serious about us going out to find a mojito to drown his Women’s-Murder-Club-got-canceled blues in.

And I’m so glad I did. It renewed my faith in the movie-going experience. No one talked during the film, or during the taped interview with Sylvester Stallone (pictured) that preceded it. There was just the shared giggles over David Caruso’s uncharacteristically enthusiastic presence. ("I knew there was something about that guy!") The universal round of applause when the late, great Richard Crenna made his entrance as Col. Samuel Trautman. ("God didn’t make Rambo… I made ‘im.") And the mass marvel at the ballad "It’s a Long Road" playing over the end credits.

Which movie would you love to see back in theaters, for one night only? I still dream of watching the 1948 Montgomery Clift-John Wayne western Red River at a drive-in. And I know for a fact that witnessing Gene Kelly just dancin’ and singin’ in the rain on the big screen would bring me to happy tears.

Also, if you’ve got a theater in your town that plays older films, give it a plug.   

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  • MCM

    I’d drop most everything to see my favorite all-time films in all their big-screen glory…
    1. Lord of the Rings trilogy (extended director’s cuts, natch!)
    2. Monty Python’s Holy Grail
    3. Terminator
    4. Singin’ in the Rain (I’m there with you Mandi!)
    5. Magnificent 7
    6. Mary Poppins

  • Charlie

    The best thing that ever happened to me was getting to see Days of Heaven on the big screen at Chicago’s Music Box Theater. Seriously incredible.

  • Lena

    The Ohio Theater here in my hometown of Columbus has a Summer Movie Series while taking a break from Broadway Across America shows. I’ve seen “Gone With the Wind” on the big screen (twice!), as well as “The Wizard of Oz,” “Mary Poppins,” “To Kill A Mockingbird,” “Bringing up Baby,” “Funny Girl,” and “Brigadoon,” (and the list goes on and on). This year they’re playing a lot of other great ones, like “Sabrina,” “His Girl Friday,” and “Oklahoma!” It’s one of my favorite things about living here in Columbus, seeing these fantastic movies in the “air-conditioned splendor of the might pleasure-dome” that is Ohio Theater.
    My requests, though, are “High Society,” “Imitation of Life,” and “The Music Man.”

  • MN_Jen

    When I was a freshman in high school, my parents took me to a midnight showing of Casablanca – even though it was a school night. My mom slept through the entire show, but I remember thinking (and I still think) that my parents are pretty darn cool, and I’m so thankful that they have passed on to me their love of film.

  • MK

    The Artcraft Theater in Franklin, IN plays old(ish) movies–sometimes it’s Home Alone or the Sandlot, but they show older stuff too, and you can recommend films you want to see. The Christmas showing of White Christmas is a must go–it’s so much better when you’re in a theater full of people (and it’s pretty darn good to begin with).

  • Court

    I was about to get on here and sing the praises of the Ohio Theater, but to my surprise somebody already did it! Yay Lena! Last year they even played some Hitchcock. It’s great.

  • Cara

    Every year or so when my family pops in the first “Star Wars” into the player, my dad can never shut up about what it was like, seeing it for the first time in theaters. We’re not massive Star Wars fans, but he still maintains that it was a movie experience like nothing else in his life. He always says stuff like “nobody saw it coming” and “it was so completely different than anything we’d ever seen” and talks about how people saw it four or five times in theaters.
    So of course I’d like to see that one on a big screen ;). Nothing like a little nostalgic belaboring of the subject to do that to a girl.

  • Christa

    I would LOVE to see First Blood in the theater. Lucky!
    This is something that my husband & I discuss a lot. Here’s the short list of what we’ve come up with: Robocop, Die Hard, Scarface, Serenity (we were late to the whole Firefly game), the original Halloween, and Mean Girls (we thought it would be stupid when we first saw the previews.)

  • BrandonK

    I think they should play the Star Wars movies once a year in successive weeks. The prequels might not get as much business, but I certainly enjoyed seeing the re-release of the originals in the late ’90s. There’s nothing like seeing a movie with a whole auditorium of fans.

  • Scotto

    i’d love to see the Monkees movie “Head” on a big screen at least once.

  • Adam

    A small indie theater by me is showing The Princess Bride on June 6. I can’t wait.

  • Chris G

    i want to watch the original Halloween in the theater. I saw parts 4 & 5 when they played last October, but it’s not the same! The Criterion Cinemas in New Haven, CT plays older movies on friday and saturday nights and sunday mornings. i’ve seen Jaws, Psycho, Airplane! and even Showgirls (which by the way was like the best movie going experience of my life).

  • Dtom

    The Dryden Theater at the George Eastman House in Rochester plays old movies every week. For my (now) wife’s birthday several years ago, I planned to take her to dinner and to the Dryden for “Singin’ in the Rain” (one of her favorites), but our service at dinner took so long that we missed it. That’s one I’d like to see in a theater, if only to make up for missing it then.

  • Adam

    my bad, not indie theater, Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick MD. One showing at 8:00pm on June 6, The Princess Bride. If you are in the Washington DC/Baltimore area and want to see it on the big screen.

  • Dixie

    The Palace Theater in downtown Maryville, TN occasionally shows old movies, usually around the holidays. I once attended a Halloween-night showing of the original “Night of the Living Dead”. Good times.
    I’d love to see To Kill A Mockingbird on the big screen, and perhaps I should contact the theater owners about that. But I doubt they’d want to fulfill my other big-screen dream–The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Do they do midnight showings of that anywhere anymore? I know the larger cities used to.

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