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For Old Film Buffs

Famous old movie stars are literally bigger than life at the Redford. The big screen magnifies a warm glow of recognition. Happy memories are renewed or new discoveries are made. The lobbies are often filled with enthusiastic comments by visitors about the featured film.

The Redford serves up many interesting double bills. Two-for-one attractions have featured Tarzan, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby road movies, beach party flicks with Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon, Star Trek, old Halloween monsters, Shirley Temple, Vincent Price, and James Cagney. And you can throw back your head with laughter at the antics of the Three Stooges, who have a batch of their short features shown twice each year.

Films at the Redford show how movies have changed through the years, including the transitions from silent to sound, from black and white to color, and from standard width screen to widescreen. Black and white standard width films help you appreciate the appeal of old movie stars when they first entertained audiences. You'll savor the soft focus of close-ups and the dreamlike detail of classic dramas. After watching a standard screen movie, it's thrilling to watch the Redford's stage curtains stretch to their limits to accommodate a widescreen color film.

On the big screen, the past can come alive with almost documentary realism. You're fascinated by both the differences and similarities between now and then. The clothing and hairstyles have changed, but you still know the people of these long ago worlds. The sociological lessons are endless, both in the way people express themselves and how they relate to each other. You'll see many stages in the evolution of the technical and content constraints with which moviemakers have worked.

In this digital age, the Redford has also given its patrons the stimulating experience of 70-mm film, with movies like Lawrence of Arabia, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

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