From Robin Hood To Boyhood: 42 Life-Shaping Movie Theater Experiences

An Outline For An Essay by Evan Kreeger

The following essay is about 42 movie theater experiences that I had from the fall of 1973 (when I was just a boy) to the spring of 2014 (when I was/am an adult.) It is also about the experience of re-screening these movies recently via my trusty Sony Blu-ray player and Samsung HDTV. Although many of the movies that I discuss here remain some of my favorite films to this day, some used to be but are not anymore. Some never were. Nevertheless, screening every single one of these movies (both in a movie theater and at my home theater) was indeed life-shaping because the power of cinema is both elusive and vivid. The section on E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial will eventually be accompanied by a link to a video interview I conducted with the actor Sean Frye who played the part of Steve in the film.

User Experience No. 1

Robin Hood @ Guild Theater, New York, NY in 1973

Emotions I Experienced When Originally Screened: Amazement, Anxiety, Confusion and Curiosity.

Emotions I Experienced When Screened Recently: Happiness, Nostalgia.

User Experience No. 2

Benji @ Mt. Kisco Theater, Mt. Kisco, NY in 1974

Emotions I Experienced When Originally Screened: Excited, Upset.

User Experience No. 3

Escape To Witch Mountain @ Mt. Kisco Theater, Mt. Kisco, NY in 1975

User Experience No. 4

Bugsy Malone @ Mt. Kisco Theater, Mt. Kisco, NY in 1976

User Experience No. 5

Star Wars @ Wellfleet Drive-In, Wellfleet, MA in 1977

User Experience No. 6

Heaven Can Wait @ Port Cinema, Harwich Port, MA in 1978

User Experience No. 7

Breaking Away @ Port Cinema, Harwich Port, MA in 1979

User Experience No. 8

Private Benjamin @ Larchmont Playhouse, Larchmont, NY in 1980

User Experience No. 9

On Golden Pond @ Larchmont Movie Theater, Larchmont, NY in 1981

User Experience No. 10

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial @ Yonkers Cinema, Yonkers, NY in 1982

User Experience No. 11

The Outsiders @ Mamaroneck Movie Theater, Mamaroneck, NY in 1983

User Experience No. 12

Purple Rain @ Mamaroneck Movie Theater, Mamaroneck, NY in 1984

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The Breakfast Club @ Salt Lake City Mall Theater, Salt Lake City, UY in 1985

User Experience No. 14

Platoon @ Mamaroneck Movie Theater, Mamaroneck, NY in 1986

User Experience No. 15

Wish You Were Here @ University of Southern California Theater, Los Angeles, CA in 1987

User Experience No. 16

Mystic Pizza @ The New School Theater, New York, NY in 1988

User Experience No. 17

Henry V @ The Paris Theater, New York, NY in 1989

User Experience No. 18

Wild At Heart @ Dennis Movie Theater, Dennis, MA in 1990

User Experience No. 19

My Own Private Idaho @ Lincoln Center Theater, New York, NY in 1991

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Malcom X. @ Lowes Cineplex, New York, NY in 1992

User Experience No. 21

The Piano @ The Angelika, New York, NY in 1993

User Experience No. 22

Pulp Fiction @ The Angelika, New York, NY in 1994

User Experience No. 23

Apollo 13 @ Lowes Cineplex, New York, NY in 1995

User Experience No. 24

Dead Man @ The Angelika, New York, NY in 1996

User Experience No. 25

Good Will Hunting @ The Angelika, New York, NY in 1997

User Experience No. 26

The Thin Red Line @ The Ziegfeld Theater, New York, NY in 1998

User Experience No. 27

Sleepy Hollow @ Larchmont Movie Theater, Larchmont, NY in 1999

User Experience No. 28

HIgh Fidelity @ Mamaroneck Movie Theater, Mamaroneck, NY in 2000

User Experience No. 29

Bridget Jones’s Diary @ Cineplex, Paramus, NJ in 2001

User Experience No. 30

The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers @ Cineplex, Mohegan Lake, NY in 2002

User Experience No. 31

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind @ Mt. Kisco Theater, Mt. Kisco, NY in 2003

User Experience No. 32

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl @ Union Square Theaters, New York, NY in 2004

User Experience No. 33

Brokeback Mountain @ Mt. Kisco Theater, Mt. Kisco, NY in 2005

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The Departed @ Mt. Kisco Theater, Mt. Kisco, NY in 2006

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Knocked Up @ Mt. Kisco Theater, Mt. Kisco, NY in 2007

User Experience No. 36

The Dark Knight @ Union Square Theaters, New York, NY in 2008

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Up @ The Ziegfeld Theater, New York, NY in 2009

User Experience No. 38

The Social Network @ Mt. Kisco Theater, Mt. Kisco, NY in 2010

User Experience No. 39

Shame @ Sunshine Cinemas, New York, NY in 2011

User Experience No. 40

Silver Linings Playbook @ Loews, Port Chester, NY in 2012

User Experience No. 41

The Great Gatsby @ Loews Cineplex, Burlington, MA in 2013

User Experience No. 42

Boyhood @ Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, NY in 2014

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