Hitchcock film festival coming to Norwood Theatre

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April 16, 2013

Hitchcock film festival coming to Norwood Theatre

This story appeared in The Norwood Transcript. Read the story online here.

NORWOOD– When the Norwood Theatre first opened, staff mentioned including movie screenings in addition to live shows.

“We had some requests when we first opened for Alfred Hitchcock movies and we wanted to put together a series of films for the spring, so we thought it would be a great time to try these out,” said Erica McLaughlin, event coordinator for the theater.

Three of his films, “Rear Window,” “Vertigo,” and “Psycho,” will be shown at the theater on at the Norwood Theatre from April 17 to 19.

Past screenings have included “Mary Poppins,” “The Red Balloon” and “Casablanca.”

She said interest in Hitchcock has increased in the recent years, in part due to two films about his life, “The Girl” and “Hitchcock,” which chronicle the making of “The Birds” and “Psycho,” respectively.

McLaughlin said staff considered a number of Hitchcock movies before deciding to showcase these three in particular. Many of these films only have a few usable 35mm prints available through their distributors, so there is a process theatres must go through when showing classic movies of this nature.

“I personally think they show a great range of his work and at least one of the titles will appeal to any Hitchcock fan,” she said. “The 2012 film ‘Hitchcock,’ was based on the making of ‘Psycho,’ so for anyone who has seen that movie, they will really enjoy being able to see ‘Psycho’ in it’s original format.”

The theatre will also replicate lighting seen in theaters when “Psycho” was first released.

“In Alfred Hitchcock’s original press book for Psycho, he requested green lighting in the theatre as the moviegoers exit, and we will have the lighting just as he requested for Friday, April 19’s screening of the film,” McLaughlin said.

Screenings will begin at 7:30 p.m., though the Norwood Theatre Box Office opens at 6:30 p.m. “Read Window” will be shown on April 17, “Vertigo” on April 18 and “Psycho” on April 19. Tickets, which can be purchased at the door the day of the festival, cost $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.

“The great thing about seeing classic films in 35mm on the big screen is that it transports you back to when the movie originally came out,” McLaughlin said. “There is something quite magical about sitting in a beautiful theatre that holds 85 years of history and watching a classic film like these three titles.”

The Norwood Theatre is located 109 Central St., Norwood. For more information on the Alfred Hitchcock Festival and other upcoming shows and events, visit www.norwoodstage.com.

While no other film festivals have been announced quite yet, McLaughlin said the Norwood Theatre plans to show more classic films in the fall.

Staff writer Brad Cole can be reached at 781-433-8339 or bcole@wickedlocal.com. Like The Norwood Transcript and Bulletin on Facebook and follow @NorwoodTranscri on Twitter.