Cinecon always screens some of the best and rarest feature films available from studios and archives around the country. This year, in addition to these great films, we will be putting together another wonderful and varied assortment of special programs. Some will be in the main theater at the Egyptian (at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard) with a few screening in the Spielberg theater, which is accessed through the lobby of the main theater, and some will be at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. Shows at the hotel and in the Spielberg will be running concurrently with films in the main theater.
For a full list of films and programs with screening times please check out our Cinecon 54 schedule page.
Here is a brief overview of our special programs. More details will be added as available.
SATURDAY NITRATE FEVER Saturday Sep 1
Last year we had our first nitrate program and it was very well received. This year we will be putting together another evening of these unique films. Titles to be announced as available.
It's been said that because nitrate-based films have a higher silver content than modern film stocks the image has richer blacks and a sparkling sheen, with many shadows and highlights all along the grey-scale. Colors, particularly IB-Technicolor, seem richer and sharper, too. This is the chance for you to be the judge.
Only a handful of theaters across the country can screen the rare and volatile nitrate film and, since the recent remodel of their projection booth, the Egyptian theater is one of them. This screening will give us another chance to step into the past and view these films as they looked when they were shown for the first time.
Nitrate screenings at the Egyptian are made possible through support of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Turner Classic Movies, and The Film Foundation in partnership with the American Cinematheque and the Academy Film Archive.
SPECIAL PROGRAMS AT THE LOEWS HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
Hotel shows will be in a room on the mezzanine level (2nd floor) of the hotel near the memorabilia show which is in the Hollywood Ballroom
MARK CANTOR PRESENTS: I'VE GOT THOSE 'JUST GOTTA SEE IT BUT IT AIN'T ON YOU TUBE BLUES Friday Aug. 31 at 2:00pm
Mark Cantor returns with another special program of filmed music performances, few of which have been issued on commercial DVD, or can be seen on YouTube.
MARK CANTOR’S CELLULOID IMPROVISATION’S MUSIC FILM ARCHIVE is one of the largest 16mm collections of jazz on film to be found worldwide. The Archive also focuses on such related forms of music as blues, folk, county, Western Swing, vaudeville, jazz dance and “pop.” Mr. Cantor will sample more than two dozen clips from the archive, and while the names may be familiar, the performances will be new to you!
This year’s program will be a tribute to the big bands featuring performances by Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Ray McKinley, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Harry James and more! Swing fans won’t want to miss it!
RETROFORMAT PRESENTS: HOLLYWOOD IN THE 20s! Sunday Sep. 2 at 2:00pm
RETROFORMAT, Rare Silent Gems on 8mm and 16mm Film, which presents monthly programs in the Spielberg Screening Room of the Egyptian Theatre, is pleased to bring to Cinecon this tribute to our origins: 8mm screenings in hotel rooms! This one-hour, all-8mm program is a hilarious, nostalgic look back at Hollywood in the '20s, including amazing newsreel footage of the stars including Doug and Mary, Gloria Swanson, and many more; plus Will Rogers in UNCENSORED MOVIES (1923) doing hilarious send-ups of Rudolph Valentino, William S. Hart and Tom Mix; and a real rarity, directed by Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Johnny Arthur in MY STARS (1926) with Johnny trying to win his girl, Virginia Vance, by doing great impressions of Milton Sills, Douglas Fairbanks, Harold Lloyd and more! As always, Retroformat will feature live accompaniment by Los Angeles' premiere live film accompanist, CLIFF RETALLICK!