By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
The Hollywood Theatre will celebrate its 90th birthday in July with back-to-back screenings of 70mm films, including 2001: A Space Odyssey, Aliens, Lawrence of Arabia and West Side Story.
“We’re the only theater in Oregon that shows films in 70mm – a format we believe provides the best possible cinematic experience – so a month-long showcase seemed like the perfect way to celebrate,” said Alison Hallett, the marketing manager for the historic, non-profit theater. Tickets are $12 each. Information is available at www.hollywoodtheatre.org.
A Space Odyssey will be shown July 1-3. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, it tells the story of two exploring astronauts and a menacing computer.
Lawrence of Arabia, directed by David Lean and released in 1962, will be shown July 8-10. The story focuses on T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse and often warring Arab tribes to fight the Turks during World War I.
West Side Story, released in 1961 and directed by Robert Wise, will be shown July 15-17. It is an adaptation of the Romeo and Juliet story. On the streets of New York City, instead of feuding families, tensions increase between rival gangs. Then Tony of the Jets meets Maria, whose brother is in the Sharks. No one can quell their love.
Aliens, directed by James Cameron and released in 1986, starts with Ellen Ripley surviving an ordeal in an escape vessel drifting across the galaxy as she slept in a cryogenic stasis. After she returns to earth, no one believes her story about aliens on planet LV-426. The film plays July 15-17.