Even though we all have more movie viewing options than ever before, it’s comforting to know that there are film buffs committed to showing classics the way they were meant to be seen. The Greenwich Odeum in East Greenwich has steadily been rolling out classic programming, with a screening of holiday classics leading up to Christmas and a doubleheader of two essential Clint Eastwood Westerns. But that’s just been the beginning.
Steven Feinberg, vice president of the Greenwich Odeum and executive director of the Rhode Island Film and Television Office, remembers seeing James Bond movies at the Odeum with his dad, so he’s especially proud to bring movies back to its screen. “I joined the board for nostalgic reasons,” he explains. “I love this theater.”
For Feinberg, a great film is going to put people in the seats, and upcoming screenings certainly aren’t lacking for quality: think Blade Runner (February 2), The Shawshank Redemption (March 15), and Donnie Darko (April 19). They’ve also got interactive screenings lined up, like a Mary Poppins sing-along (February 3) and an evening with the villains of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (March 2) making fun of cheesy old monster movies.
Feinberg’s hope is that before long, the Odeum will be synonymous with classic cinema. “We want cinephiles to know that there are classic films playing here,” he says. And if his wish list of crowd favorites, cult classics, and essential doubleheaders has any say in it, movie lovers will have a lot to be thankful for in 2018.