The Master of Suspense once again proved to be the Master of the Box Office at the Pickwick Theatre. For the second season in a row, our classic film series scored a major hit with Hitchcock. On February 9, 2017, over 550 people attended our screenings of Vertigo. Thus far, this is the biggest crowd we’ve had this season. The film looked beautiful on the big screen, and several patrons commented that they were seeing it for the first time. In recent years, Vertigo has been selected as being the “greatest film of all time.” Unlike more mainstream favorites like Casablanca or Gone With the Wind, Vertigo reveals the personal stamp of its director. It is a work of great artistry, vision, and subtlety– a haunting film that lingers in the imagination and takes on new meaning with each viewing. We were very happy to see fans of all ages come out and show their support.
The evening screening was emotional for us because it was the final appearance of our “Movie Hostess” Allison. She has been with the series since Season 1’s Opening Night. Allison has been our official greeter and overall ambassador for the program. We will miss her very much, and we wish her well in her future endeavors.
Thank you to Allison, Shannon, Monica, Jay Warren, our projectionist Jerry, and the Vlahakis family for making this Vertigo screening possible. Thank you to Nick Digilio of WGN Radio, Bruce Ingram of Pioneer Press, and Lee Litas of the Chicago Tribune for covering this community event. Finally, we are extremely grateful to everyone who came out to experience Hitchcock’s masterpiece the way it was intended.