Thursday, August 23, 2012

Singin' in the Rain on the "Big Screen".

Last night, during a huge thunderstorm, My husband Stephen and I drove to the Century-Oro Valley Market Place Theater in Arizona, to see one of my favorite musicals, Singin' in the Rain. I would say 30 other people, also.. came out in the rain to see the classic musical.

I was thrilled to have been one of those who were selected to receive two TCM promotional passes, for the 8/22/12 showing. I have not been to a movie theater, since my son was a little boy.

I have to share with you, that seeing a classic film, on the "big screen" is an amazing experience. I hope all of you get the opportunity to experience it at least once.

Watching the film, in a theater armed with a bag of movie popcorn and drink, sitting with an audience, is like seeing the classic for the first time. With the large size screen you really do see more detail:

The costumes really sparkled and were more amazing on the "Big Screen".

When Don was doing his "Make um Laugh" routine you could actually see his feet ripping up the carpet.

As I mentioned before.. we had a huge thunderstorm in Tucson, last night and while we were watching Gene Kelly, "Singin' in the Rain" routine, you could actually hear large claps of thunder, from outside the theater.. it was amazingly(is that a word) good timing.

Gene Kelly, dancing routines are breathtaking. Seeing the film at the theater, made me realize how well Gene Kelly, really danced..

Cyd Charise, was full of energy and commanded the screen in all her dance numbers, even though she did not have any speaking parts.

Jean Hagen's voice, was even more irritating on the 'Big Screen". Matter of fact "that voice" is still ringing in my ears.

Debbie Reynolds, voice seemed very girlish.. but it worked...

My gosh.. the color just popped off the screen, it was like watching a firework display, in some of the scenes. The black and white scenes, were amazing and odd. It was the first time in my life, that I had ever seen one up on the "big screen". Thank you The Lady Eve, Jill and Michael for making this possible! I had a wonderful time. A night I will remember for the rest of my life..

Please click here to read my Singin in the Rain movie review.


  1. Dawn, this must have been a truly magical experience: watching Gene Kelly singing and dancing in the rain with the sound of rain and thunder in the background. I don't know why it is, but I love watching rainy day films while being aware that it is raining outside. The difference between films presented on television and presented on the big screen, as they were intended, is astonishing; I'm sure Gene Kelly never looked better. You had an additional treat in the form of TCM promotional passes (did you win the passes through TCM's website?). Thank you for sharing your lovely night with us.

  2. thanks for sharing your magical night. it sounded amazing.

  3. I love to read about people's experiences watching a classic film on the big screen. This sounds like a great evening. Thanks.

  4. whistlingypsy, One of my favorite things to do is.. to curl up on the couch with a hot cup of tea, my little dog and watch a movie, while it is raining outside. In regards to TCMs movie passes: LadyEve, posted the information up on her blog a couple of weeks ago and I signed up..

    Alyssa LM, Thank you.. it was very amazing.

    Jacqueline T Lynch, I also.. love to read about others experiences watching the classics on the "big screen'.

  5. Dawn I'm so glad you got to see this on a big screen. I saw this on a big screen at the Nuart In Santa Monica,/West LA in the 70's, for sure your print was better.

  6. Dawn.
    I'm so sorry that it took so long to get to your review. everyone's contributions.

    I see you've got some really nice articles up since this one so I can't wait to get back here to catch up.

    How fun that you got to go see Singing In the Rain at the theater. While at the movies recently to see Hope Springs they advertised that we are getting a Classic Film Marathon playing at Tinseltown in Sept. I was so excited about it I almost jumped out of my seat! I've never gotten to see one classic film on the big screen.

    Your review was a lot of fun and your love of the film shines through. Great info and the pictures you chose are gorgeous.

    I hope you get the chance to see other classic films on the big screen.

    See you soon. cupcake!

  7. Paul 2, I wished that I had also seen it in the 70's, on the "big screen". When the actors/actress were still with us.

    Page, I'm so glad to see you back on-line. Thank you for stopping by. Please stop by and see (Silents), latest silent film bio. She took some time off to take care of her ill father.

    I hope that you share with us your first classic film experience.

    Tuscon, is also having a Classic Film Marathon, playing in Sept. I'm hoping to see at least one classic film.

    See you soon, blossom!


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