CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Going to the movies used to mean something. There were musical overtures, intermissions and a sense of class.
Most modern audiences have never experienced the road show, a style of movie going that died out in early 1970s.
But with the help of director Quentin Tarantino, The Music Box right here in Chicago was handpicked to undergo a transformation that will take audiences back in time.
Ryan Oestreich is the general manager of The Music Box, and his theater is gearing up for December 25.
Not because it’s Christmas, but because it’s the day that Quentin Tarantino’s new three-hour long Western epic “The Hateful Eight” opens in limited release.
The Music Box was one of the handful of theaters chosen to present the film in a classic road show format, and to project it in its massive 70 mm format, which means bringing in a whole new screen into the theater.
Julian Antos, the theater’s technical director, is part of the team that will start installing the monstrous 70mm screen on Christmas. Even, in preparation for the film’s release.
Tickets for this special presentation sold in the thousands within the first few hours, guaranteeing countless sold-out screenings.
And rumor is, Quentin Tarantino himself may even be popping in to see how things are going.