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Buying a Cinema

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For those of you interested in following my Adventures in the Screen Trade, the SANTA FE REPORTER has uploaded a short clip from the press conference wherein I announced my purchase of "Santa Fe's most beloved movie theatre," the Jean Cocteau.



FYI, there was a lot more to the press conference than that. Most notably, I announced the hiring of Jon Bowman, the founder and former director of the Santa Fe Film Festival, who will be managing the Cocteau. Jon is already hard at work. We hope to reopen the theatre this summer. Besides an eclectic menu of films both old and new, we also plan to have midnight movies and children's matinees, and some very special events, including music, comedy, and author readings.

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grrm
May. 8th, 2013 09:49 pm (UTC)
We will do both. The old 35mm projectors are still in place and working fine, with years more life left in them... but fewer and fewer films are being released on actual film, so we need digital as well.
daveroguesf
May. 9th, 2013 04:03 am (UTC)
Really glad to hear the Jean Cocteau will be equipped for both digital and 35mm - here's hoping Mr. Bowman cultivates some nice relationships with archives and collectors. In an ideal world all theatres would be equipped for both but the studios have been doing all they can to kill 35mm.

The Castro Theatre in San Francisco has made a number of great double features out of new digital packages of older films with 35mm prints of really offbeat partners. Last month a DCP of GHOSTBUSTERS ran with a 35mm print of THE ENTITY; this month, among other things, they'll have a DCP of STOKER with a 35mm print of SHADOW OF A DOUBT, which inspired it.

I wouldn't be surprised if The Jean Cocteau were to become Santa Fe's sole source of 35mm entertainment. Suspect I'll be making a trek over from CA to check it out. Godspeed!
grrm
May. 9th, 2013 04:47 pm (UTC)
We'll be one source, but not the sole source, I'd think. Santa Fe has two existing art houses, the CCA and the Screen, that still have 35mm projectors, as does the town's big chain, Regal. Their new Regal 14 cinema has both types of projectors, I believe, but the older DeVargas 6 has only 35mm.

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