A Multiplex Where ‘Black Panther’ Plays Next Door to Experimental Music


Andrew R. Chow:

And one strategy that has paid off is the combination of film and live music. The Wordless Music Orchestra, for example, performs scores at screenings around the country; it will next play two nights of “Phantom Thread” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, both of which have sold out. Orchestras like the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra rely on screenings of classics like “An American in Paris” and “The Lord of the Rings” to fill their houses every season, while boutique theaters like Nitehawk Cinema bring in musicians to complement their bespoke cocktails.

In thinking about the future of movie theaters and the cinema experience, I'm a big believer in augmenting the viewing, be it with food and drink or with say, an orchestra! Megan and I have actually been to a number of performances where a film is played with orchestral backing (most recently: 2001, Breakfast at Tiffany's, North by Northwest -- soon: Batman) and each time it's fantastic. Well worth the (quite high!) price.


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