Do you have a favorite among the 33 'farewell' films? Take our survey at the bottom of the page
How do you say goodbye to a movie theater? By showing movies, of course.
To celebrate moving into its new Main Street home, and the closing of its former space, Nickelodeon Theatre will screen 33 films, one from each of the theaters first 33 years. The 33-film program, organized by the Nick staff, begins Friday with 1979s Sunset Boulevard. The Artist, a 2011 film that won three Oscars in February, including best picture, is No. 33. The Artist, first screened at the Nick in January, was one of the theaters most popular films.
After The Artist on Aug. 26, the Nick will host a party because, really, you cant say a truly artistic farewell these days without a party. The Nick is at 937 Main St. At least through Aug. 26.
The movies resume when the new theater officially opens at 1607 Main St. on Aug. 31.
We asked Andy Smith, the Nicks executive director, a few questions about the slate of films and about the record-breaking run of Moonrise Kingdom, the Wes Anderson film that forced the theater to shuffle programming last month because it was so well attended.
How many of the 33 films have you seen? Ive seen 27 of them.
What are your favorites? I would say I am a big fan of Weekend. Im also a big fan of 8 Women. And then I also really like Touch of Evil.
Are any of those favorites on your all-time favorites list? Yeah, Id say so.
Can you quote any lines from the 33 films? Yeah, of course. Casablanca has tons of them. Annie Hall has lots of great lines in it. Heathers has so much stuff.
Is Casablanca really great film or it just all hype? Yeah, Casablanca is the sort of the height of classic Hollywood narrative film. Its really great.
Doesnt Moonrise Kingdom kind of count as one of the best films ever screened at the Nick? We talked about it, but we have been showing it for a few weeks. We made this list before Moonrise.
How many weeks has it run? Moonrise has run for five weeks. When we booked it, we sort of anticipated it running four weeks. So it just messed up one week, which is a really great problem to have.
What records did it set? Over 5,000 people have come. I think the busiest month wed ever had was in January (with 3,400 for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Artist).
Which is the better Wes Anderson film: Bottle Rocket or Moonrise Kingdom? I personally like Bottle Rocket more. I think Moonrise Kingdom embodies more of what we expect from Wes Anderson. Moonrise Kingdom looks more like a Wes Anderson film than Bottle Rocket.
Heres a listing of the 33 films with showtimes (and the years they were shown at the Nick). For tickets or more information, visit www.nickelodeon.org.
Sunset Boulevard, 1979, 5:30 p.m. Friday
Casablanca, 1980, 8 p.m. Friday
The Seventh Seal, 1981, 5:30 p.m. Saturday
Annie Hall, 1982, 8 p.m. Saturday
Breaking Away, 1983, 3 p.m. Aug. 12
Rashomon, 1984, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12
Weekend, 1985, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 13
The Meaning of Life, 1986, 8 p.m. Aug. 13
Rear Window, 1987, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14
Touch of Evil, 1988, 8 p.m. Aug. 14
Heathers, 1989, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 15
Do the Right Thing, 1990, 8 p.m. Aug. 15
Cinema Paradiso, 1991, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 16
Slacker, 1992, 9 p.m. Aug. 16
Like Water for Chocolate, 1993, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 17
Orlando, 1994, 8 p.m. Aug. 17
Three Colors (Blue/White/Red), 1995, 3 p.m. (Blue), 5:30 p.m. (Red) and 8 p.m. (White) Aug. 18
Bottle Rocket, 1996, 3 p.m. Aug. 19:
Waiting for Guffman, 1997, 5 p.m. Aug. 19
Smoke Signals, 1998, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 20
Buena Vista Social Club, 1999, 8 p.m. Aug. 20
Timecode, 2000, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 21
Yanas Friends, 2001, 8 p.m. Aug. 21
8 Women, 2002, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 22
Bowling for Columbine, 2003, 8 p.m. Aug. 22
Lost in Translation, 2004, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 23
Junebug, 2005, 8 p.m. Aug. 23
The Squid and the Whale, 2006, 6 p.m. Aug. 24
Volver, 2007, 8 p.m. Aug. 24
Man on Wire, 2008, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 25
Let the Right One In, 2009, 5 p.m. Aug. 25
A Single Man, 2010, 8 p.m. Aug. 25
The Florestine Collection, 2011, 3 p.m. Aug. 26
The Artist, 2012, 5 p.m. Aug. 26
Reach Taylor at (803) 771-8362.