Nearly everyone wants a bargain. Sometimes, bargains are defined more by the experience it provides than any monetary savings. Case in point: Royal Oak ‘s Main Art Theatre, 118 N. Main St., has become the premier spot to see independent and foreign films, and it is also home to the “midnight movies” series.
You bet the local cable networks are playing classic movies such as “Wall Street” or “Back to the Future,” but what if you could see these movies as they were originally intended – on the big screen? The Main Art Theatre ‘s “midnight movies” series serves to address this niche market, for those who still consider cinema an actual brick-and-mortar experience.
“Midnight movies” typically fall under the category of cult films, so past offerings have included “Ghostbusters,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Blue Velvet,” “The Big Lebowski,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” and others.
The point is for the audience to have a good time, noted Main Art Theatre manager Courtney Feldman.
“We try to do a mix of stuff that will be fun or don’t get shown all the time,” Feldman said. “It’s a mix of things, but they are always classic, classics. I’m pleasantly surprised when we get families.”
And you should probably leave your digital sensibilities at home. The movies are not Blu-ray or DVD quality, usually they’re the original prints. But that’s part of the fun, too.
“I think it’s just a fun thing to do,” Feldman said. “It’s fun to watch stuff that’s a little beat up. A lot of times, everyone is quoting from them (the movies). Everyone in the theatre is part of it.”
The series usually kicks off in May and ends in October. Projected in theatre 1, which seats up to 500 audience members, it’s another way to see a treasured movie again, for the first time.
If you love movies, and more importantly, if you enjoy seeing those movies projected on a big screen, the “midnight movies” series might be of interest.
“We wish we could do it all year,” Feldman said.