70MM Film Festival at the Palm Springs Cultural Center this weekend
The 70MM Film Festival is taking place at the Palm Springs Cultural Center this weekend
This weekend, the Palm Springs Cultural Center is honored to host The Secret Movie Club’s Palm Springs 70mm Getaway Film Festival. The Secret Movie Club, a community of Los Angeles-based film lovers, will screen three classic 70mm films in the Cultural Center’s historic Camelot Theater, one of the largest screens in the Coachella Valley. 70mm offers an incredibly rich visual experience, revealing detail and color dimensions never seen in traditional formats.
Friday May 6 at 8 p.m. 2001: A Space Odyssey – Stanley Kubrick
Saturday May 7 at 8 p.m., Lawrence of Arabia – David Lean
Sunday May 8 at 2 p.m., West Side Story – Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins
All three films were originally shot on 70MM film, a format still considered the ultimate cinematic experience by many filmmakers. The original 625-seat Camelot Theater, located in the Mall of Palm Springs, was opened by Metropolitan Theaters President Sherrill Corwin in February 1967. The advertised state-of-the-art cinema, equipped by the standards of only three other theaters in the United States, debuted with a star-studded screening of “Dr. Zhivago.
Camelot’s original Norelco AA-II floodlights, described by theater general manager Eric Smith as the “Rolls Royce of floodlights”, have been meticulously maintained over the decades and are in near-new condition. Beyond specialized equipment, exhibiting 70MM films also requires a specially trained projectionist, making showings a rare treat for moviegoers outside of Los Angeles.
Craig Hammill, Founder and Programmer of Secret Movie Club, said, “We are thrilled to partner with the Palm Springs Cultural Center. The Camelot Theater was specifically built to project 70mm, so it will be the best experience possible. Cinema is an art form with so much more potential yet to be tapped. This opportunity to screen three of the greatest films ever made on 70MM at PSCC is going to be inspiring and a blast! »
Camelot’s historic theaters have been owned and operated by the Palm Springs Cultural Center, a 501C3 nonprofit organization since 2017. Screening film festivals, revival screenings, retrospectives and special premieres, the PSCC continues the legacy historic cinematography that began when theaters opened their doors. its doors in 1967.
Lauren Wolfer, Program Director of PSCC, said, “Film is central to our identity as a non-profit arts and culture organization, and what better way for us to honor the legacy of Camelot Theater than to show these wonderful films as they were. meant to be seen. We are very grateful to Secret Movie Club for this opportunity.
Tickets and more information are available at this link: