I am a huge fan of movies, and a big part of movies is the theatergoing experience. Every once in a while, I will wonder what is might have been like to be in the theater for great films during their original release.
These are the six films I wish I had the chance to see in a movie theater:
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
At the time, it would have just been Star Wars, as very few people knew there would ever be as many sequels and spin-offs as there have been. It is pretty obvious why I'd want to see Star Wars in a theater. It's the original film that started a phenomenon and surprised audiences. Imagine going in expecting a science fiction B movie and seeing the spectacle that is Star Wars. Plus, think of all the nerd cred it would give you. You'd have been one of the first to see the iconic movie.
The Power of Love
The Power of Love is a 1922 silent film which is likely not familiar to many people. It was the first 3D film in the world. Today, we are spoiled by 3D technology so much that seeing a film in 3D is not even impressive anymore. However, back in 1922, to see something come off the screen must have been awe-inspiring. The film is presumed lost, so only a few lucky audience members got to see it.
The Blair Witch Project
While this film came out during my lifetime, I was too young to have watched it in a movie theater. When I saw it later in life, I was fully aware that it was a movie and just a movie. Back in 1999, though, the found footage genre was not as widespread as it is now, and the movie was marketed as true events. With fake police reports and other materials shared online, audiences actually believed they were seeing a documentary. Being able to see it under those circumstances would have made it even better.
In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock was already quite the accomplished director, having released classics North by Northwest, Saboteur, Rear Window, and many others. Even so, Psycho is one of his best works and has become very influential in the thriller and horror genre. I would gladly wait in the long lines for Psycho to see the best film by one of the greatest directors of all time.
2001: A Space Odyssey
Speaking of great directors, Stanley Kubrick is another name that comes to mind. While even some movie fans find 2001 boring, it was pioneering in every aspect of the filmmaking process. From models and giant rotating sets to the use of front projection, it has influenced all the people who make the special effects we enjoy today and filmmakers like Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. The film was originally released in 70mm and played on curved Cinerama screens. Streaming it on my laptop just doesn't do the film justice, and I'd rather have seen it in its original format.
David Fincher is one of my personal favorite directors, so it upsets me deeply that I haven't seen Se7en. I simply can't bring myself to watch it because the iconic ending was spoiled for me. I try to let enough time pass to forget, but it is hard to go more than a month without hearing a reference to "what's in the box!?" I would have loved to see this film spoiler-free during its original release.
Well, those are six movies I wish I watched in theaters. Are there any movies you regret not seeing for the first time in a movie theater? Answer our poll below and let us know why in the comments.