Playhouse's 35mm Series: Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' this weekend!


Paul Thomas Anderson: ‘Inherent Vice is like a sweet, dripping aching for the past’

Beginning this Saturday, area cinephiles will have three chances to see Paul Thomas Anderson's INHERENT VICE in 35mm. Take note! April 30, May 1 & 4 only.

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For most, this will be their first opportunity to see in 35mm PTA's 2014 film adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel. Anderson shot the film in 35mm, and this is the way he intended for it to be seen.   


There is a strong case to be made suggesting that seeing INHERENT VICE in 35mm will be a revelation. 

First, consider what Elizabeth Weitzman of the New York Daily News wrote: 

"Somehow, Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix, have managed the impossible. They’ve turned Thomas Pynchon’s work into a slapstick noir homage that doesn’t just reward but demands multiple viewings ... Phoenix’s extraordinary performance pulls the movie’s infinite strands together. But this twisty tale takes so many foggy turns that you’ll want to approach it with a plan..."


There's no denying that Inherent Vice did leave some viewers foggy on its initial release, so we reiterate Weitzman's remark that it rewards and demands multiple viewings.

But we'll go a step further than that, and suggest that watching INHERENT VICE in 35mm will reward the viewer with a much richer experience. Indeed, we believe the experience should reveal secrets within the film that otherwise are hidden from those who encounter the text digitally. 


Films wash over us. When we go to a movie, we are abandoning ourselves and deep-diving into the experience. That's why going to a cinema to see a film will always be more special than watching at home. But watching a film in 35mm is a step beyond... it's a deeper dive into an alpha-state. The persistence of vision our brain creates to see the illusion of continuous movement is the closest we get to dreaming without being asleep. It's magic.


Joaquin Phoenix in "the most marvelously intoxicating bong hit of the decade." (Boston Herald)

Back to reality: Almost all of the films we present in 35mm are coming from the USA. It costs a lot to ship these heavy film reels back and forth across the border! Will you ever get a chance to see INHERENT VICE in 35mm again? Not likely. Should you make plans (change plans!) to see it with us this week? Definitely! 

Feed your soul: See INHERENT VICE in 35mm.

At the very least (to quote the Boston Herald) "you'll get a contact high from... the most marvelously intoxicating bong hit of the decade."

Sounds like a great night out to us!

35mm Screenings. Only at the Playhouse!


Shot on 35mm film, presented in 35mm. Don't miss this rare chance to see 'Inherent Vice' the way PTA intended! "Paul Thomas Anderson’s 'Inherent Vice' might just be the most marvelously intoxicating bong hit of the decade." - Boston Herald

"Somehow, 'Inherent Vice' director Paul Thomas Anderson ('Boogie Nights,' 'Magnolia') and his up-for-anything lead, Joaquin Phoenix, have managed the impossible. They’ve turned Thomas Pynchon’s work into a slapstick noir homage that doesn’t just reward but demands multiple viewings.

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A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI's training academy. Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism.

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A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.

Born as an 18th-century lord, Louis is now a bicentennial vampire, telling his story to an eager biographer. Suicidal after the death of his family, he meets Lestat, a vampire who persuades him to choose immortality over death and become his companion.

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4K restoration of this cult movie rock n' roller!

Part documentary, part rock film, and all kinds of crazy, Stunt Rock is a feature length ode to fearless Australian stuntman Grant Page (the Mad Max films, Road Games, The Gods Of Egypt) from Ozploitation legend Brian Trenchard-Smith (BMX Bandits, Deathcheaters).

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Brand new 4K Restoration!

Nikki (Laura Dern), an actress, takes on a role in a new film, and because her husband (Peter J. Lucas) is very jealous, her co-star Devon (Justin Theroux) gets a warning not to make any romantic overtures -- especially since the characters they play are having an affair. Both actors learn that the project is a remake of an unfinished film in which the stars were murdered.

No screenings currently scheduled.

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In this highly influential silent horror film, the mysterious Count Orlok (Max Schreck) summons Thomas Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim) to his remote Transylvanian castle in the mountains. The eerie Orlok seeks to buy a house near Hutter and his wife, Ellen (Greta Schroeder). After Orlok reveals his vampire nature, Hutter struggles to escape the castle, knowing that Ellen is in grave danger. Meanwhile Orlok's servant, Knock (Alexander Granach), prepares for his master to arrive at his new home.


A classic Princess Cinemas tradition you never want to miss! Don't come alone...

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Join Greg Sestero at the Princess for THE ROOM and his new film MIRACLE VALLEY! With Q&A, script readings, book signing and meet and greet.

The Princess will be tingly with anticipation as Greg Sestero strides on stage to introduce his new film Miracle Valley, an homage to ’70s/’80s horror that marks Sestero's debut as a fully fledged writer-director.


The new feature film directed by Andrew Dominik, featuring Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, captures their exceptional creative relationship as they bring to life songs from albums Ghosteen and Carnage.

Shot on location in London & Brighton, THIS MUCH I KNOW TO BE TRUE captures Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ exceptional creative relationship as they bring to life the songs from their last two studio albums, Ghosteen (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds) and Carnage (Nick Cave & Warren Ellis).

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