“West Side Story” roadshow memories

posted by Michael Zoldessy on October 16, 2008 at 10:45 am

Cinema Sightlines is continuing its roadshow series with a look into the run of “West Side Story”. Check out the historic info as well as the details on its showings at the American Cinematheque.

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Simon Overton
Simon Overton on October 16, 2008 at 2:49 pm

“West Side Story” is one of many wonderful films I will NOT watch on television.
Having seen it decades ago, on the BIG screen at the still vacant but opulent New Mission Theatre in San Francisco, this masterpiece of direction and music is one of the best “teen” films ever produced.

ticktock11 on October 16, 2008 at 6:56 pm

Your link to Cinema Sightlines is 404.

MPol on October 16, 2008 at 11:35 pm

Simon, I wholeheartedly agree with you about West Side Story being a beautiful film, but I take issue with the idea that WSS is just a “teen” film. Imho, West Side Story is a film for people of all ages and all walks of life to enjoy. West Side Story is my alltime favorite movie, so that’s the ONLY movie that i’ve made my own road trips to neighboring states to view screenings of. However, if and when WSS isn’t around on the great big wide screen in a real movie theatre, I will watch an airing on TV’s TCM (Turner Classic Movies) Channel when it takes place.

Btw, West Side Story played at the Brattle Theatre last May as part of United Artists' 90th Anniversary film series. I attended both screenings of this great film that day. Then, early last August, I drove down to Hartford, CT. for a screening of WSS at the CineStudio Theatre, and I saw it at the Albany palace Theatre in Albany, NY. I guess roadshows of West Side Story are making a comback. A good sign to see. Let’s hope that this great classic continues to play in movie theatres after the new year, when the new POTUS is sworn in.

Btw, Michael—I’m unable to get to the link. Is there a way to access it?

MPol on October 17, 2008 at 12:00 am

I also might add that I noticed that the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles is scheduled to play the 70mm print of the film “West Side Story”. How cool. Sure wish the 70mm print of West Side Story could and would come to the Boston area!!

Scalerail on January 8, 2018 at 7:50 pm

Simon, West Side Story played in San Francisco as a roadshow 70mm presentation in the United Artist Theater on Market St. Did you see a second run at the Mission?

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