My favorite part is the display of discard items they found on the floor during the renovation. Old candy boxes, train tokens, cigarette cartons, grocery lists and such.
The Loewes also has an organ! The old fashioned kind that rises up out of the theatre floor.
The Loewes closed its doors in 1986. It was saved from demoltion by the group the Friends of the Loewes who have worked since the late 1990s to restore the theatre and keep it open as a cultural centre. The theatre hosts concerts, conventions and weddings. Best of all, in my opinion, is that they screen classic movies a few times a year, and every June they feature films in my favorite genre, Science Fiction. This past weekend I got a special treat when they screened two of my vintage sci-fi favorites. 1951's The Day The Earth Stood Still and the 1902 Georges Melies silent short A Trip to The Moon, the first science fiction film ever made.
I wore my Girl in A Whirl rocket skirt which was pretty perfect for the event.
The Day The Earth Stood Still is a notable film for its strong anti war message that reflected the Cold War anxiety of the time. Unlike many other films of the time the alien in The Day The Earth Stood Still, Klaatu, is a good guy concerned about escalating violence. He comes to Earth to warn humanity that they have a choice they can join other planets in inter-stellar peace or they can continue down their current violent path and soon "this Earth of yours will be a burned out cinder." The film also has an interestingly stark look, despite the over the top poster. Honestly I prefer the visuals in this film to most special effects laden modern science-fiction.
I think the studio was a bit confused about how to market a "smart" sic-fi film. Hence the poster that seems to be for a different movie. This scene of actress Patricia Neal, a brunette, being carried by Gort the robot:
became this on the poster:
A blonde in a red evening gown who never appears int the film. What must Patricia Neal have thought?
The Day The Earth Stood Still was remade in 2008 but such things are best forgotten.
The other film screened, Melies A Trip Too The Moon, is only about 13 minutes long, but has many pioneering camera techniques. It really is an interesting piece of film history.
What is your favorite retro sci-fi film?