Who knew you could still see old movies on the big screen?
Nothing comforts more after a breakup, a fight, or a really bad day like curling up in your jammies on the sofa with a carton of Ben & Jerry’s and having a big, long, wet, sloppy good cry while watching “An Affair to Remember.” There’s something about watching old movies that tugs you gently away from the here and now, to a simpler time when glamour meant Rita Hayworth’s perfectly-applied red lipstick, when men opened doors for women, and most importantly, when true love always saved the day.
But, like any good insomniac will tell you, those old movies can only be seen on a television screen, which, unless you have a home theater, is too small to do them justice. But who knew — we found several venues where you can see old movies on the big screen. Some are even outdoors.
County Theater, 20 East State Street, Doylestown, 215-345-6789, www.countytheater.org. This 1938 theater, recently renovated, shows arthouse films on two screens. You can see “Vertigo” (1958) on Wednesday, July 22, and “Rear Window” (1954) on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 28 and 29. Hollywood Summer Nights continues through Wednesday, September 2; visit the website for the schedule.
You can sign up to get a weekly E-mail alert of coming attractions, or the theater will even call you when there is a particular film you don’t want to miss. The popcorn is superb (with multiple toppings like parmesan cheese and garlic pepper), and the concessions include European chocolate; cookies and biscotti from a local bakery, boomer candy like Dots, malted milk balls, and Mike and Ike; and hazelnut coffee with real half and half. And it’s not expensive. For more on the theater and visiting the town of Doylestown see “Doylestown’s Best-Kept Secret,” U.S. 1, August 17, 2005.
Catherine Lombardi, 3 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-828-4444, www.stageleft.com. This popular and very pretty Italian restaurant, upstairs from Stage Left, hosts a “dinner and movie” series in the summer. The cost is $69 and registration is required. You can see “Moonstruck” on Friday, July 24; and the mother of all old movies, “Casablanca,” on Friday, July 31.
Lambertville Public Library, 609-397-0275, www.lambertvillelibrary.org. Screenings are held in Eli Field (North Main Street between Delaware and Delavan streets), a cute park with a quaint gazebo. “The Sound of Music” on Friday, July 31. Park opens at 6:30 p.m., screening at dusk.
Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-8822, www.princetonlibrary.org. The library often screens old movies in its Community Room. Films are open to the public. Recent screenings include “City Lights” (1931), considered by many to be Charlie Chaplin’s finest film, and Movies of the Great Depression, a series hosted by film historian Bruce Lawton. Check the website in September for fall screenings.