Thursday, December 9, 2010

70mm presentations at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Since the opening of the TIFF Bell Lightbox during the 2010 festival, they have not let up with the fantastic programming and curation. Beginning today, Lightbox will begin screening some classic films in their original 70mm format. Tonight's screening will be the seminal Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey which will continue showing until January 5, 2011. These films will all be shown in Theatre 1, the largest theatre in the Lightbox (550 seats) and the only one with the capability of projecting 70mm film prints.

For those unfamiliar with formats, typical movies now are filmed and then shown on 35mm film. 70mm is the higher quality comparable to IMAX but with the proper widescreen aspect ratio. This represent the highest film resolution and quality you're going to see in a theatre (which is already much higher resolution than television, whether HD or not).

After 2001: A Space Odyssey begins its today, Jacques Tati’s Playtime begins Thursday, December 23 and David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia begins Thursday, December 30

For more information about the Lightbox programming, go to Lightbox is located at 350 King Street West.

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