Cinemark Hosting Restored 'The Godfather' XD Showings This Week
Paramount has partnered with Cinemark for a one-day-only screening of a restored print of Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 classic The Godfather. The theater chain announced that they're hosting screenings in 55 of their XD auditoriums (similar to IMAX, big screen, big sound) around the nation. They're hosting these screenings on March 1st, Thursday this week, in honor of its 40th anniversary. The film was meticulously restored using 5.1 digital surround sound, re-mastered using state-of-the-art technology, then transferred to files making it available to be seen on Cinemark's giant XD screens. "I'll make him an offer he can't refuse."
If you have a Cinemark XD theater near you, you probably already know it, and it will be one of those theaters running a showing of The Godfather 40th Anniversary Edition in XD. From their press release:
"There is no greater iconic film than 'The Godfather,' states James Meredith, VP of Marketing and Communication at Cinemark. "It has set the standard for story-telling, launched a generation of great actors, and provided movie-goers an unparalleled experience. Cinemark is excited to give fans of this movie the opportunity to now see it like never before in our extremely popular XD auditoriums, which offer a complete entertainment environment featuring enormous wall-to-wall and ceiling-to-floor screens, plush seating, and custom JBL sound systems with higher end components and 7.1 capable digital surround sound."
There you go. For a full listing of the 55 theaters, head over to Cinemark.com. The Coppola Restoration of The Godfather as a project began in 2006 between Paramount Pictures and the director. Archivist Robert Harris joined the project, followed by the original cinematographer of the film Gordon Willis, to complete the team who worked arduously on the film for over a year going through the original prints, re-release prints, and negatives, shot by shot, foot by foot, frame by frame and even sprocket hole by sprocket hole. And don't worry, Cinemark plans to also show Coppola's even-better sequel The Godfather Part II (1974) on XD screens on April 19th as well. Again, for more info and to get tickets, head over to the Cinemark site.
This sounds awesome, not only as a chance to see a classic like The Godfather up on the big screen, but a pristine restoration of the film on a HUGE screen. If you're near one of these 55 XD theaters, you definitely better plan to catch this on Thursday. Make room for the mob at the dinner table, Don Corleone is back!