Plays broadcast into movie theaters, and will be 3-D

posted by HowardBHaas on July 16, 2009 at 7:50 am

Following opera, sporting events and concerts, now a company is bringing theatre to movie theaters.

Theater lovers rejoice. The world’s best stage productions are on their way to a movie house near you. Thanks to the digital revolution, everything from London’s acclaimed National Theater production of Racine’s masterwork “Phèdre,” starring Helen Mirren, to the off-Broadway cult favorite “Forever Plaid,” not to mention upcoming top Broadway musicals, are beaming into multiplexes from Reykjavik to Los Angeles —– in high-definition and eventually 3-D, to boot.

It’s high-tech culture for the low price of a movie matinee and a box of popcorn. And in a sure sign that regional thespians aren’t worried about the arrival of their digital counterparts, the premier regional theater in the United States, Minneapolis’s Guthrie Theater, will actually screen a delayed transmission of “Phèdre” July 8 and 9 in one of its main stages.

Read the full story in the Christian Science Monitor.

Comments (2)

moviebuff82 on July 16, 2009 at 11:38 am

This is happening at my local multiplex, which started the NCM program in late 2008 with the Met opera series and NCM Fathom events. After they get the 3-D next weekend with the G-Force movie, they might show a play or concert in 3-D, which will be huge.

MPol on July 16, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Interesting, indeed!

Just this past Christmas season, one movie theatre showed a movie recording of the 1939 version of the “Nutcracker Suite” Ballet. Didn’t go, due to awful weather, but it sure looked fabulous. Would’ve loved to see that.

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