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Grand Performances Off to a Great Start

By Eric Richardson
Published: Saturday, June 25, 2005, at 12:40AM
Grand Performances: Mad Hot Ballroom Eric Richardson [Flickr]

It was a great turnout tonight for the first night of Grand Performances. They were screening Mad Hot Ballroom, and the crowd really seemed to enjoy it. Words of advice I wish I had gotten earlier: come really early and bring a jacket.

One thing I have to say, though, is that whoever thought that was a proper screen size for the venue needs to have another think. And then to make things worse the film was letterboxed onto a 4x3 screen. Tisk tisk. There's not a ton that can be done about the viewing angles for people over on the sides, but more screen area would have done everyone some good.

Tomorrow night is the 1944 film Double Indemnity. 8pm, at the California Watercourt.

Update (Monday): Leigh Ann from Grand Performances dropped by to comment that the next screening -- Les Choristes on July 16th -- will have a substantially larger screen. I look forward to making it out for that.


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