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Some great classic film weekends recently:
-The “Odd Times” weekend (I belive that’s what they called it?) featuring “Dr. Strangelove, "Seven Days In May” etc.)
–“1984” with interesting forum afterwards.
–“Film Noir” this past weekend. (great to see 1981’s “Body Heat” holds up so well on the big screen)
Looking forward to the “Sequels” weekend in May featuring “After The Thin Man”, “Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade” and “Mad Max”
Wonderful to see a venue that features films that challenge the audience.
I sometimes wonder if one of the reasons that attendance has been down with the Lafayette’s Classic Film programs is the possibilty that few people outside of the immediate Suffern area know about this series of films. As a regular patron of the Loews Jersey,I’ve noticed ads in the Bergen Record every time they run one of their monthly classic film weekends and they seem to attract some very healthy – sized crowds for those film weekends. Perhaps the Lafayette might follow their advertising model and attempt to “spread the word”.
Today’s presentation of “Goldfinger” was certainly a blu-ray. According to one of the Lafayette’s employees, it appears that “most” of the remainder of the season will be presented in this format. In any event it was great returning to the wonderful Lafayette, although very few were in attendance. (perhaps twenty or thirty??)
Totally agree with you, Sam83 re: the Horrorthon. Those fall evenings spent with the Hammer and AIP classics were the perfect entry into the Halloween/Fall season. They will be missed to be sure. But, I guess the"almighty dollar" rules!
Very well-said, Bill.
Dedicated film programmers such as Pete and Nelson (who also love film) are becoming as hard to find as good 35mm prints.
Perhaps I’m assuming a bit but it’s a sad day when when local politics interferes with such a wonderful cul tural program as “Big Screen Classics”. (or whatever the latest was.)
Would anyone know if there is a link to a web site for the Ramapo Cultural Arts Center?
I searched Moviefone.com but found nothing.
Will there be periodic up-dates from Phil here as to the transfer of the classic film program to the Ramapo Cultural Center?
Looking forward the new venue.
Thank you, mdvoskin and Life’s Too Short for your interest and perspective on my recent “situation”.
The folks at the Loews Jersey have, for all intents and purposes addressed and “fixed” the problem as the site seems to be functioning again.
BTW, great season Sc-Fi finale FOL! (Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror is what you do best.)
Now it’s on to looking forward to the Fall Season and the surprise films you’ll have to offer.
Since my knowledge of the Suffern area is due solely to my visits the the wonderful “Big Screen Classics” program I was wondering… what is the distance factor between the Lafayette and the Ramapo Cultural Center in Spring Valley? (Is there much of a “hike” difference between the two venues ?)
And a very big “Thank You” to Phil for your interest and efforts in keeping classic films alive.
I know what you mean, RHETT52. Those summer series (such as the Universal 100 or the fantasy/Sci-Fi series) were always a great time at the FF. A wonderful reason to take “mini-vacations” in the city.
I’m “keeping the faith” that they will someday return.
Moviebuff82…..Are you aware of the Landmark Loews Jersey in Jersey City? They have been presenting monthly “classic” film weekends for quite some time now. The only drawback is that the theater has to put those film presentations “on hold” during the warm summer months due to a lack of air-conditioning. Their film weekends return in the fall.
Would anyone know if there is something “amiss” with the Loews Jersey web site?
Whenever I tried to log onto their official site (using the link here at Cinema Treasures) I recieved what appeared to be un-decipherable “symbols” and some ads for “Cartier Wallets!!
I was there for the Bond and Harryhausen presentations during those “Big Screen Classics” weekends… wouldn’t have missed them for the world on the Lafayette’s giant screen. I just think that some of us are hoping that the Bond and Harryhausen films (just to name two of the many film series that had been featured at the Lafayette.) should not be forgotten within the current “scheme” of things.
I’ll more than second your suggestion, Sam83 and (as I always do), how about some of the great Ray Harryhausen films?
This makes me appreciate even more what Pete and Nelson did with the “Big Screen Classics” program at the Lafayette for so many years.
Any word on what the Spring Classics program might have to offer?
Are there any thoughts as to what the future might hold with Film Forum beyond the month of May and into the spring and summer?
FF is a true “city resource”.
For those of us so inclined, the next Classic Film Weekend at the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre will feature the following films:
-Friday, Feb. 19 – “Twelve Monkeys” (Terry Gilliam)
-Saturday, Feb. 20 – “Sullivan’s Travels” and
- "Arsenic and Old Lace"
(all presented in 35 mm.)
I totally agree, Sam83….“everyone needs to pay” for a ticket… everyone. (and this is coming from someone who is considered a “senior”)
If we truly appreciate something such as the Classic Movie program at the Lafayette we need to open up our wallets every time at the Lafayette box office.
Very quiet around here for a few years!!! Is the Summit officially “dead in the water” awaiting some local contractor to take over?
A true shame. I guess Union City has no need for this great little local cinema with the advent of the Secaucus and Ridgefield theaters many years ago.
I still think that whoever owns this property should take a “cue” from what the FOL is doing with the great Loewe’s Jersey at Journal Square. The Friends of Loews is keeping that theater quite viable!
Very well said, RHETT52 albeit a somewhat sad admission for me as well.
The former Big Screen Classic program was at its height when Nelson and Pete were running the show, so to speak. They always brought to the table films of various interest levels and styles which reflected the involvement of two people who really enjoyed their films.
I’m wondering if that’s still the case with the current management group who runs The Lafayette these days.
As you said, Nelson and Pete, whether it was with the Bond films, a tribute to Ray Harryhausen, a musical or two, the weekend animation festivals or… the Horror-Thon always brought to the Lafayette their unique perspective and wonderful cinematic variety.
It’s a true shame that the patrons of the Lafayette did not seem to appreciate the two showmen who were running the “Big Screen Classics” at the time and their sense of (dare I say it) “good old-fashioned fun” that they presented each weekend at the Lafayette. I guess if this were the case during the last couple of years of the “Big Screen Classics”, perhaps Nelson and Pete might have been able to turn a profit.
Does the Loews have the ability to run digital? I always thought they were a strictly 35mm house.
In any event the Loews is a venue that should be admired and supported in their efforts to keep a wonderful “movie palace” alive and well and for making an important chapter in film history available to us all.
Any thoughts yet on the 2015 Ramapo Saturday Film Festival?
Yes, there is a roadshow edition of Sand Pebbles (196 min. from 1966, I believe.) Not sure if the edition I saw at the Lafayette was newly – struck or an original from 1966 but it certainly was an almost flawless presentation. Robert Wise at the height of his directorial skills.
Hi JeffS and (a belated) thank you for your attention to and clarification of my neglect in my not giving attention when attention is due to Pete Apruzzese for his program contributions during the “good old days” of “Big Screen Classics”. Certainly not intentional on my part.
I just finished listening to excerpts from Elmer Bernstien’s score from “To Kill A Mockingbird” and this started me thinking about all of the great films that I saw for the first time on the big screen at the Lafayette. (The roadshow version of “The Sand Pebbles”, the Japanese version of the first “Godzilla” (Gojira), those great Harryhausen’s… to name a few)
Here’s a thought for the Christmas holidays… how about bringing back the 1951 Alastair Sim “A Christmas Carol” or “The Bishop’s Wife” ?