Tucked into a corner of the Lincoln Center's sprawling domain on the Upper West Side is the Walter Reade Theater, where cinephiles like myself have enjoyed seeing new releases, repertory films, and world and U.S. premieres during festivals, as well as revealing Q&As with filmmakers. Today, the Film Society of Lincoln Center is celebrating the Walter Reade's 25th anniversary with two free screenings of movies shown as part of its inaugural series—Shadows and On the Town. Plus, for a little #TBT action, the FSLC has shared these photographs (above) of directors, actors and more who have appeared at Walter Reade over the years. Look at Chloe Sevigny in 1999 (has she even aged?!).
On the Town and Shadows were shown in "Great Beginnings: First Films by Great Directors," and Stanley Donen's 1949 love letter to New York City (though only seven minutes were filmed here) was actually screened on the theater's opening day. Cassavetes' Shadows from 1959, about three African-American siblings in 1950s jazz-infused Manhattan, is considered a "milestone" in American independent cinema, working mostly off of improvisation.
Tickets for the 7 p.m. screening of On the Town and 9:30 p.m. screening of Shadows will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis 30 minutes before showtime. (The 7 p.m. screening will also feature a "prosecco toast" from former FSLC Executive Director Joanne Koch and Program Director Richard Peña) .
Further, the Film Society is treating moviegoers to 1991 ticket prices on the opening day of "Going Steadi," the series about Steadicam's innovation in Hollywood—$5 tickets for members, $7 tickets for students/seniors/public.