(the pics with Gerald stuff in them are photoshop fantasy----but the reality is not far away!)
Justin and I just got back from the "beautiful and historic Landmark Rialto Theater" in South Pasadena, CA, where we will premiere our film for friends and fam on JANUARY 18, 2009 @ 5:00PM (save the date cuz you are all cordially invited--official invite to come). We met with manager Jeremy Willis to check out the space and see what the DVD quality looked like on the big screen....
For some reason neither of us was prepared for how EXCITING it was. WOW!
Just walking up to the theater got us all dancy happy (well, justin managed to contain the dancing part).....first of all there's the marque, just waiting for Gerald to light it up.....and then all this spanish baroque/egyptian detail carved and painted everywhere,
and then the theater itself,
so over the top and huge inside with red velvet chairs and chandeliers and even a gargoyle with glaring red eyes guarding over the screen. Grandiose!
Jeremy was very generous with his time and offered to play the whole film, for some reason we hadn't expected that and soon found ourselves picking 2 of the 600 seats to sit down and watch our film.
Justin had huge goosebumps on his arms and a smile to match that was visible even in the dark.
I laughed out loud when first thing, our little 4" poodle bounced onscreen looking about 5' tall!
The sound was awesome...the picture looked great, no grain, which was such a lovely surprise.....in fact it was just un-high def enough to not show the cracking paint and flicker that makes us cringe everytime we've watched it at home. I found myself FEELING GERALD'S STORY, not just seeing the nicks and scratches (though the foley track felt a little too high to me.....) But the best part was hearing Jeremy LAUGHING and "AWW"ing.....so satisfying. He asked for a copy "My girlfriend's going to love this" he says.
Wouldn't it be fun if you all could come to the premiere (we have 600 seats)....it'd be so cool to meet you all in person.
Either way, you know we'll post about it!