I Love This Photo - 'The Master' in 70mm at New York's Village East
Last night, our friend Cory Everett from PTA fansite Cigarettes & Red Vines tweeted out this fantastic photo of the huge line for Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master playing in 70mm at the City Cinemas Village East in New York City (cinema website). I love it. It makes me smile. Why? It makes me happy for cinema. This is the way it should be happening. He has captured the awe of event movies again, the beauty of 70mm being the reason people are lining up; the projection, the experience. Look at that. Amazing. It's paying off too - The Weinstein Company is raking in the cash, as The Master has been earning a per-theater-average of about 146K so far, topping Moonrise Kingdom and all others. Hell yes, Paul Thomas Anderson!
Here's the photo in all its glory. Isn't it exciting to see a crowd this big on a Sunday night for PTA's 70mm?
Cigarettes & Red Vines also posted a few other photos, including the "Sold Out" sign seen above/below, on their site. The Arclight Cinerama Dome photo below was taken by Omar Salas Zamora (@omarsalaszamora).
"‘The Master' Opens With Record-Shattering Grosses In NY/LA" the headline reads. PTA's The Master, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams, just hit limited theaters in 70mm this weekend. Playing in only 5 cinemas (listings) between New York and Los Angeles, it has been setting box office records already. Everett was reporting from the show he went to, saying that he even noticed Andrew Garfield & Emma Stone at the Angelika & Sam Rockwell at Village East attending. If you haven't seen the sensational mind-fuck, "I am a bear! We are ALL bears! And you will not tame me! Accept me or go" experience that is The Master in 70mm, now is your chance, catch it while it's hot. Then discuss for hours.
I just thought this was an awesome photo. It shows the theatrical experience can still thrive, with the right content. Thanks to Cory Everett for the inspiration - follow him @cigsandredvines for more PTA updates.