By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief
The Bay Theatre by Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas in Palisades Village is one of a few Los Angeles theaters that will be showing Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” on classic Kodak 35mm film—the capture medium in which it was shot.
“This 35mm projector—found in Auditorium 2 with only 48 seats—was added to the theater when it opened in November 2018 at the suggestion of iconic, A-list movie directors and celebrities living in Pacific Palisades for hosting private screenings of their own films,” according to a press release about the special screenings.
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is a comedy-drama set in 1969 Los Angeles. A fictional aging TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) navigate the changing Hollywood film industry, featuring many characters, including Sharon Tate, Roman Polanski, Bruce Lee and Charles Manson.
“This 35mm projector is a rarity to have in theater auditoriums today, where digital and laser projections are the predominant technology of the industry,” the press release continued. “There’s something special about film. The faint whirring of the projector as it begins the film and immediately you notice that the colors are richer.”
Only about 50 theaters worldwide will be showing what is Tarantino’s ninth movie on 35mm film.
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