i'm a movie addict. a movie snob (although i've been known to watch animal house more than once). i love foreign movies. surrealist movies. movies out of the ordinary. there aren't too many places in the greater hartford area one can see these types of movies (remember there was a time BEFORE dvds and BEFORE netflix and BEFORE blockbuster). cinema city (or whatever it's called now) was one, BUT for as long as i can recall, there has been cinestudio cinestudio with the kick ass old style rising curtain. (and the ONLY thing i don't like about it is NOT BEING ABLE TO EAT or DRINK. dang it would be nice to have a beverage there). my favorite seat is in the balcony in the very last row (on the end). thanks cinestudio for bringing so many wonderful nights to me.
|The Hartford Courant
In 1969, a group of Trinity College students hung up two bedsheets side by side in an unused auditorium in the basement of the Clement Chemistry Building and projected a movie onto their makeshift screen. The next movie they wanted to screen was in ultra-wide CinemaScope, so they had to buy two more sheets. Forty years later, that auditorium has evolved into Hartford's premier art-house and vintage-film theater, Cinestudio. The venue is beloved by local movie fans not just for its usually flawless selection of classic and contemporary top-tier films but also for its look, which calls to mind movie houses of old. "The '40s and '50s were the pinnacle of motion-picture entertainment," says James Hanley, who was in that first audience in 1969 and still co-manages the theater today. "It was the last bastion of real cinema." Those theaters were the inspiration for the interior design for Cinestudio; the exterior of the building, built in 1935, was designed by the legendary architectural firm McKim, Mead and White..........
picture: Perhaps the best known feature of the Cinestudio experience is the working movie curtain, which rises vertically before every show. (STEPHEN DUNN, Hartford Courant / April 24, 2009)