Only a few more months until it's been 35 years since my first visit to London. I didn't go there to visit the tourist attractions, though I must admit that Madam Tussaud's had been high on my list.
Remember folks: this was a long time ago...
II was accompanied by a colleague who had been to London a few months earlier and had missed the premiere by a few days.
So the first thing on our agenda for day number 2 (we arrived in the evening of day 1) was finding THE cinema, not just A cinema: Odeon Leicester Square, and on the outside only it looked amazing to me (sorry for my repetitive word choice). Even though the film had already been showing for some two months now, there was still a line of attendees in front of the theater.
That first matinee showing we attended wouldn't be the last, during our short (5-day) stay in London. The theater itself, the film, the image and sound (70 mm, Dolby 6-track), it all added to the ultimate experience for me (and many more), especially since I myself had, only a few months before, started working in a cinema myself (first as an usher, later as a projectionist). The whole experience hardened me in my nerdism (back then I was just called film-crazy) and that never went away, although now I must admit, my peak must have lain somewhere around 1993 when co-bearded director Spielberg made that film about animals that had gone extinct, but that's an entirely different story. Just to prove I was really there in London in 1980, one more pic.
And all of this just came to my mind, earlier today, when I was peeking through my older magazines from the eighties...
And for those who want to know: KUIFJE is the name given to TIN TIN in Holland and Belgium, and it was also the title of a comics magazine, that, from time to time, paid attention to film.
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