Unfortunately, the theaters around me who do these special showings tend to use a fairly crappy projector for them. Bums me out because I'd love to see decent screenings of older films.
Saw the TCM presents digital presentation yesterday on a fairly large screen and with good sound. Really appreciate this film so much more after seeing it that way. Even with the color.
That's unfortunately my biggest deterrent from attending these screenings. The last time I went to one, when I purchased the ticket in advance, it was scheduled to be in one of the largest auditoriums in the theater complex, but when I arrived for the show, it had already been moved into the smallest room.
A major "2001" re-release just wrapped up, where that film played in IMAX for a week. Over on the threads for that one, there's a surprising amount of disinterest in seeing the film that way because it's only 99.9% perfect instead of 100% perfect (I'm maybe exaggerating the discontent but only slightly), and I just don't get the naysayers. I keep saying there that the overwhelming majority of re-releases this day end up being like this South Pacific run - limited number of shows, small auditoriums, often not the best screens or sound systems - and that this chance to see "2001" on the biggest and best screens in the country is not to be missed.
I hope that the "2001" release was financially successful for all involved, because I'd love to see IMAX and other premium screens getting the occasional classic movie showing like South Pacific. South Pacific on a small multiplex screen with poor sound doesn't appeal to me; South Pacific on the biggest screen in the theater with an incredible audio and visual presentation would.