This is Widescreen

This is Widescreen

Last Year Widescreen

All screenings will feature pre-show presentations that may include shorts, trailers, cartoons and/or behind -the-scenes footage. 

Cinema has endured for decades through changes in technology and competing visual platforms, and now you can discover how studios and filmmakers – long before tablets, smartphones and the Internet – responded when audiences began trading regular visits to the movies for the ease and affordability of the first small screen: television. In response, many impressive widescreen cinematic formats were rolled out around the world and capitalized on the breathtaking width of the projected image, not to mention the heightened fidelity of stereophonic sound, to achieve effects far beyond the reach of TV sets. In connection with our event The New Audience: Moviegoing in a Connected World, This Is Widescreen offers a colorful assortment of films (including classic musicals, crime films, sci-fi chillers, ghost stories and more) that demonstrate how filmmakers found new means of engaging the flexibility of the cinema and the key larger-than-life film formats in the '50s and '60s – from the launch of Cinerama in 1952 and the subsequent widescreen boom that included CinemaScope, VistaVision, Todd-AO and others – plus highlights from the first wave of 'Scope filmmaking from around the globe.


$5 general admission/$3 Academy members and students with a valid ID.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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Past Events

Lola Widescreen
May 21 9:15pm PT
Directed by Jacques Demy