Widescreen Weekend – It is tradition!
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|Written by: Ulrich Rostek
When people ask me why I travel to Bradford I might say: ”It’s
springtime, why do you ask? It’s tradition. All people come to
Pictureville in spring. Why don’t you? “
And really – being a regular attendant of the
Widescreen Weekend since
2011 – approaching Bradford Interchange station causes a kind of coming
home feeling in my chest. Everything is so familiar. The impressing city
hall, the Alhambra theatre, the Jury’s Inn hotel, even the crumbling
Odeon Theatre is in the same disastrous condition as it was back in
2011. And of course the National Media Museum and Pictureville Cinema –
our holy Temple for the weekend – gives me that goose bumps feeling.
Widescreen Weekend is a kind of family business, a kind of private
function. It is tradition meeting all those familiar faces, people
absolutely unknown a couple of years ago, who have become friends.
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It’s tradition to enjoy our all time favorites either
in 70mm Todd-AO,
35mm CinemaScope, 3-strip-Cinerama or digital projection on the flat or
– far better – on the deep curved Cinerama screen. It’s tradition to
listen to the introductions held by hard boiled experienced movie
experts. It’s tradition to discuss about the movies and listening to all
that trivia on the making of the films. It’s tradition to remember in a
silent mood all those magnificent men and women from the movie business
who passed away within the last 12 months. It’s tradition to sit open
mouthed watching the latest Cinerama restoration presented by
Dave Strohmaier. It’s tradition to sit laughing during the presentation of
Michael Hall’ latest whatever-in-60-seconds-clip.
At least it is tradition to applaud when the curtain is closing after
the show. What is it good for? Neither the movie’s directors nor the
actors would take any notice. It’s a big cheer to Duncan McGregor’s
projection team who do that marvelous job bringing our widescreen dreams
Unhealthy lifestyle is also a kind of tradition during Bradford
Widescreen Weekend. High speed food intake during the short breaks
between the movies is not really recommended by nutritionists but at
least we are all in a hurry. Watching movies all day long is a hard work
to do. We are not there for fun. And what would Widescreen Weekend be
without finishing the day at Sir Titus Salt’s Pub with a couple of pints
or at Omar’s Balti restaurant with a rich choice of tasty curries and
giant garlic bread?
My journey to Bradford ended up with another tradition. Besides
Widescreen Weekend I use to pay a visit to another english city on my
way to or from Bradford. Having visited London, Liverpool, Newcastle,
and York in the past years this time I spent a couple of day at
Manchester and I enjoyed the versatility of life in this vivid place.
Manchester is busy, hectic, modern, run down, loud, full of music,
shiny, dirty, and idyllic at the same time. By incident I met Jennifer
Hall – the Widescreen Weekend’s good spirit for the past years – in a
small arthouse cinema where she is working now after leaving National
Media Museum. We talked for a while, sharing memories and
remembering widescreen. Meeting friends – it's tradition.
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