Sep 15, 2008 Russ Tarby Uncategorized
New viewers see vintage films on Mondays at the Spaghetti Warehouse:
Moviegoers of all ages are viewing vintage films projected on a big screen every Monday night at a popular North Side bistro. Many of these film fans savor the flicks after first enjoying a meal of pasta and sauce, soups and salads, drinks and desserts served at the Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., near the Inner Harbor.
“We’re noticing that there’s an increased interest in vintage films among younger people,” said Cinephile spokesman Gerry Orlando.
Compared to a night at the cineplex, where tickets can cost more than $10 and the popcorn’s not cheap either, the Spaghetti Warehouse movies are a true bargain. Admission to each screening costs $3 for the public, or $2.50 for Cinephile members. The films run at 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Dec. 1.
For information, call the Spaghetti Warehouse at 475-1807.
Musicals & monsters
Whether they’re watching a mystery or a musical, Cinephile moviegoers see 16mm films projected on a theater-quality screen.
“Last year we started using a large, wall-mounted screen,” Orlando said. “This bigger screen is really enhancing the patrons’ viewing experience.”
The Cinephile Society’s 2008 Fall Film Series opens Sept. 15 with “The Band Wagon” a musical comedy starring Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant and Nanette Fabray. The 1953 MGM blockbuster was directed in Technicolor by Vincente Minnelli.
On the following Monday, Sept. 22, Fay Wray ascends the Empire State Building with none other than “King Kong.” The 1933 spectacle is considered one of the greatest movies of all time, largely due to Willis O’Brien’s eye-popping special effects.
Comics and cowboys
The mood goes from horror to humor Sept. 29 as the Marx Brothers star in “Duck Soup” followed Oct. 6 by “Break of Hearts,” a 1935 romance between Katharine Hepburn and Charles Boyer.
A relatively recent, 43-year-old spy thriller, “The Ipcress File” which starred Michael Caine in 1965 screens Oct. 13.
The Bing Crosby musical from 1936, “Pennies from Heaven,” will be shown Oct. 20, followed by “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” illustrating the mid-1950s monster genre. Franchot Tone stars as an Eastern lawman in the 1940 Western “Trail of the Vigilantes.”
As a bonus, a Cinephile Society member introduces each film providing background about its production, its actors and its place in film history.
Here’s a list of the upcoming Syracuse Cinephile Society films being screened at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays through Dec. 1, at the Spaghetti Warehouse; $3; 475-1807.
Sept. 15: “The Band Wagon” (1953).
Sept. 22: “King Kong” (1933).
Sept. 29: “Duck Soup” (1933).
Oct. 6: “Break of Hearts” (1935).
Oct. 13: “The Ipcress File ” (1965).
Oct. 20: “Pennies from Heaven ” (1936).
Oct. 27: “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954).
Nov. 3: “The Great Man Votes” (1939).
Nov. 10: “Trail of the Vigilantes” (1940).
Nov. 17: “Evergreen” (1934).
Nov. 24: “The Thin Man” (1934).
Dec. 1: “Remember the Night” (1940).