By: Mary Pat Baldauf
As a fan of the classic black and white movies of the 1940s-1960s, I miss the magic of a cold dark theater and experiencing a film on a giant screen with a hundred or so others. That’s why I’m so excited that Columbia’s Nickelodeon, aka The Nick, is showing one of my favorites, Sunset Boulevard, from August 10-12 as part of their National Treasures series.
Last year, I saw Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window at the old Nickelodeon, and it was a wonderful experience! I took some family and friends, most of whom were unfamiliar with Hitchcock’s suspenseful flicks. I enjoyed sharing Hitchcock with them, but I also enjoyed seeing one of the classics on the big screen for the first time. Sunset Boulevard will be at “The Nick’s” new location, which I haven’t seen since before they started renovations some time back. Between seeing the new location and one of my favorite old movies on big screen, I can hardly wait.
If you’re curious about The Nick or some of the old classics, I encourage you to look into their National Treasure series, and I highly recommend Sunset Boulevard. It’s one of my favorites, and I try to watch it whenever it runs on TMC.
I can’t remember when I gave up modern movies for the classics, but once I did, it was hard to go back. Although I’m not what I would call an “old-fashioned girl,” I do love the innocence of the old black and whites. It’s not that they don’t tackle some of the same stories as in the movies of today, but more the treatment that the story receives. There’s little cursing, no nudity and references to the sometimes “taboo” story lines are quite subtle and leave much to your imagination. You have to think a little more, perhaps, but the stories are every bit as wonderful.
I will soon write a post about some of my favorite old movies, but for now, I recommend that you make plans now to see Sunset Boulevard at The Nick. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that doesn’t come around very often.