(Just an aside: Now that virtually all movie theaters are digital, perhaps we can look forward to more of the spectacle I witnessed last night at the multiplex: the sound of a movie’s opening scenes, while the screen displayed an error message reading “Active Desktop Recovery.”)
Did you know that the Grand Illusion is the longest-running independent cinema in Seattle (since 1968), and the only one that’s all volunteer-run? And that it (see aside, above) still shows a lot of films in 35mm? This Sunday is their annual fundraiser, with two screenings of that most joyous of musicals, “Singin’ in the Rain” (which feels right for this time of year, doesn’t it?). It will screen, natch, in 35mm. Tickets for the benefit are $25 and include the screening, a silent raffle and auction, hors d’oeuvres, and a drink; the two screenings are at 5pm (doors open at 4) and 8pm (doors open at 7). For more information or to buy tickets, look here; should be a lovely evening. Now, let’s all whistle together like Gene Kelly . . .