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« on: March 15, 2003, 01:16:18 PM »

This from Yahoo!:

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FRIDAY, APRIL 4

SILVER SPRING, Md. - Opening ceremonies for the American Film Institute's (AFI) Silver Theater and Cultural Center. Attendees to include actor-director CLINT EASTWOOD.
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2003, 01:28:22 PM »

Hey, that's bdc28's territory!  Maybe he'll get to go and meet Clint!  :D
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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2003, 08:37:05 AM »

It would sure be nice to get a ticket to this event.  Im determined to meet the man once in my lifetime.
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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2003, 07:59:06 AM »

OH MY GOD!!!!! That is ten minutes down the street from me!!!!

Okay, I gotta go. Anybody got any info? If not I will call AFI (I may do that anyway). Anybody wanna come with?

roguewarriorindc@yahoo.com is my email. Hit me.
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« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2003, 07:59:39 AM »

By the way, thanks Matt for waking me up out of my dormancy to catch this. Still looking out for me  ;)
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« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2003, 05:45:22 PM »

Post any additional information you find out, BDC.  
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« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2003, 05:53:25 PM »

Heres some info on the theatre:

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Created by the citizens of Montgomery County, Maryland, the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center is dedicated to artists, educators and audiences of the world.
The AFI Silver will present the richness of American and world cinema, exploring all forms of the moving image in the digital era and seeing the screen itself as a source of literacy, learning and vision for the future.

AFI is America's preeminent arts organization dedicated to advancing and preserving the art of film, television, digital media and other forms of the moving image.

Increasingly, our notions about history, human relationships, scientific exploration, psychology and art are influenced by watching movies. The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center examines this phenomenon by presenting an unprecedented variety of film and video programming, augmented by filmmaker interviews, panels, discussions, musical performances and other events that place the art on-screen in a broader cultural context, while amplifying its power to engage and affect an audience.

The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center is a state-of-the-art moving image exhibition, education and cultural center. Anchored by the restoration of noted architect John Eberson's historic 1938 Silver Theatre, it also features 32,000 square feet of new construction housing two stadium theatres, office and meeting space, and reception and exhibit areas.

The exceptional technical facilities of the AFI Silver include film formats from 8 to 70mm, high-definition digital cinema video projection, broadcast quality video recording and distance learning capabilities via satellite, fiber and the Internet. Whether it's silent film at the proper frame rate with live musical accompaniment, 70mm wide screen spectaculars or digital cinema, the AFI Silver will offer state-of-the-art technology in each of its three theatres - with seating for 400, 200 and 75, respectively - as well as in its world-class conference room, all available to rent.

And location and contact info here:

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The AFI Silver is located in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, at 8633 Colesville Road (between Georgia Avenue and Fenton Street). Conveniently located, the AFI Silver is two blocks from the Silver Spring Metro stop and easily accessible by the Capital Beltway (I-495), which is less than two miles from both the Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road exits. Please call 301.495.6700 for more information.

Information can be found from the AFI's official website, here.
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« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2003, 03:06:47 PM »

This event was last night.  I wonder if BDC wound up going.

Eastwood Helps Launch New AFI Flagship


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Eastwood Helps Launch New AFI Flagship

SILVER SPRING, Md. - The American Film Institute (news - web sites) invited an American film legend to help welcome the world to its new flagship location.


 

Clint Eastwood (news) was the guest of honor Friday evening at the opening of the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, a refurbished 1938 Art Moderne movie palace that local officials hope will become the centerpiece of a re-energized business district in the Washington suburbs.

"This theater is a work of art. I'm very pleased to have had the opportunity to come here and see this restoration," said Eastwood.

Among the opening's activities were a screening of "The Ox-Bow Incident" (1943), starring Henry Fonda (news); a conversation between Eastwood and his biographer, Time magazine film critic Richard Schickel; and the presentation of a new AFI honor, the Silver Legacy Award, to Eastwood.

With its move to the Silver Theatre, AFI has accomplished a rare feat for a cultural institution: increasing its prominence by moving out of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Long consigned to a single theater in a corner of the center, AFI now has three screens. The theater opens to the public on April 11.

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American Film Institute: http://www.AFI.com/

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« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2003, 03:14:14 PM »

Here's some more pictures (from Yahoo News ):



Actor Clint Eastwood receives an AFI award from AFI CEO Jean Picker Firstenberg at the Silver Theater in Silver Spring, April 4, 2003. Eastwood was attending the grand opening of American Film Institute's Silver Theater and Cultural Center.



Actor Clint Eastwood speaks at the Silver Theater in Silver Spring, Maryland, April 4, 2003. Eastwood was attending the grand opening of American Film Institute's Silver Theater and Cultural Center.




The American Film Institute Silver Theater's grand opening in Silver Spring, Maryland, April 4, 2003. Actor Clint Eastwood attended the grand opening of AFI's Silver Theater and Cultural Center.




Actor Clint Eastwood (R) and his wife Dina Eastwood pose with former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Cohen (L) at the Silver Theater in Silver Spring, Maryland, April 4, 2003. Eastwood was attending the grand opening of American Film Institute's Silver Theater and Cultural Center.




Actor Clint Eastwood talks to the press outside the Silver Theater in Silver Spring, Maryland, April 4, 2003. Eastwood was attending the grand opening of American Film Institute's Silver Theater and Cultural Center.


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« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2003, 08:15:14 PM »

Thanks, Matt! Here's another article, from the Washington Post!

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Lighting Up a Solid Gold Screen

By Roxanne Roberts
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, April 5, 2003; Page C01

Red carpet? Check. Movie star? Check. Popcorn? Check.

Last night's grand opening of the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring had all the trappings of Hollywood. No stuffy artistes here. We're talking a big, glitzy, old-fashioned night at the movies.

"The very idea that we can finally have popcorn, a marquee and foot traffic means it's finally the movies!" said American Film Institute co-director James Hindman. "Not cinema. The movies!"

After years of dark screens, it's show time once more for the historic theater, which has been transformed from a crumbling art deco shell into a state-of-the-art film and cultural center. Actor Clint Eastwood was guest of honor at the Silver's first offering: a screening and discussion of "The Ox-Bow Incident," one of his favorite films.

A loud and adoring group of Eastwood fans lined the curb across from the theater. When he stepped out of his black limo, they erupted.

"People screaming in the street in Silver Spring!" said Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan in wonderment. "The last time they did that, they were throwing things!"

For those who weren't around to watch the suburb's downtown slide, suffice it to say that "down at the heels" is putting it mildly. But Discovery Communications opened its new downtown headquarters Monday. And now . . . Clint! Make my day!

"I love this theater," said Eastwood, stepping into the outer lobby. "And I've only seen this much of it."

The actor grew up with the grand movie palaces, as did many of the 400 guests at the grand opening. The $20 million renovation has painstakingly attempted to re-create the art deco style, sweep and mood while adding the latest technical trappings.

Just hours before the grand opening, the lobby looked (fittingly enough) like a Keystone Kops clip: people racing around, popcorn popping, lights not working, a thousand details yet to fall into place. "I'm nervous, I'm excited," said AFI Silver Deputy Director Ray Barry, far too jazzed to stand still. "We need to finish programming the digital cinema projectors."

The only tranquil spot was Silver Director Murray Horwitz. "There's truly some twisted show business impulse inside of me: The closer I get to opening night, the calmer I get," said Horwitz, a former professional clown. He broke into a huge grin. "It's a show! I love doing shows!"

And a show it was, complete with a ribbon-cutting in the form of two spools and a "film" ribbon; popcorn and mixed drinks; and VIPS like Sen. Paul Sarbanes, Steve and Cokie Roberts, Jim Kimsey, Bill and Janet Cohen and the always enthusiastic Jack Valenti, head of the Motion Picture Association of America.

"I am a history buff," said Valenti. "This is cinema history."

The Silver is part of the American Film Institute, which is based in Los Angeles. AFI is one of the country's leading noncommercial film exhibitors, screening old movies, independent films, shorts, documentaries and other work unavailable elsewhere. Although some films will still be shown at the AFI's former home at the Kennedy Center, the Silver will become the institute's primary exhibition space.

Over the past few days, passersby have studied the schedule of films posted and stuck their heads in the door, said Horwitz. "They asked, 'How do we become members?' -- and I'm, like, yes! Why, in this day and age, should people come to a movie theater like this? . . . Honestly, having spent all my time in show business, I don't know. But they do come, and it's magic."

Last night's premiere was the first in a week of events celebrating the revival of the 1938 theater and Montgomery County's $400 million effort to remake downtown Silver Spring into a bustling arts and entertainment center.

A series of invitational screenings will continue through Thursday, and the Silver officially welcomes the public next weekend with an open house and three films, including "Four Daughters," the movie shown on the Silver's original opening night in 1938.

But last night was Eastwood's. The actor-director received a standing ovation before he settled into one of the plush seats next to his wife, Dina Ruiz Eastwood.

The organ played "Hooray for Hollywood" as guests found their seats. There were heartfelt speeches with heartfelt thanks for all who made the AFI Silver happen, especially AFI Director Jean Picker Firstenberg, who grew up watching films in the great movie theaters of New York.

Then the moment everyone was waiting for: The lights went down, the curtain parted and the screen lit up with Henry Fonda's unshaven face.

The Silver selected "The Ox-Bow Incident," which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, because it's one of Eastwood's early influences. The film, directed by William Wellman, explores nonviolence and mob justice. Eastwood first saw it as a boy, and it stuck with him. "I thought I was seeing a western, but it was the first moralist movie I'd ever seen," he said.

After the screening, Eastwood took the stage with film critic Richard Schickel to discuss the movie. This added-on element -- actors, directors and other experts discussing their work -- is one of the things the Silver hopes will bring the entire region to their corner of the world.

Then a short clip of "Mystic River" was previewed; the upcoming movie is directed by Eastwood and stars Sean Penn and Tim Robbins. When the lights came up, Eastwood was presented with AFI Silver's first Legacy Award, recognizing his contributions to the art of filmmaking.

(Do you feel lucky, punk? The guests last night certainly were. The take-home goody bag for everyone included the complete DVD set of "Dirty Harry" movies.)

"This is going to be such a hit," said Sarbanes at evening's end. ". . . I love to go to good movies, and at AFI you can sort of count on it being a good movie."

© 2003 The Washington Post Company
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« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2003, 11:33:31 PM »

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(Do you feel lucky, punk? The guests last night certainly were. The take-home goody bag for everyone included the complete DVD set of "Dirty Harry" movies.)

WHAT?! Everyone gets the complete box set? And I have to pay for each and everyone? Eesh!! ::)
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« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2003, 11:59:12 PM »


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A loud and adoring group of Eastwood fans lined the curb across from the theater. When he stepped out of his black limo, they erupted.

"People screaming in the street in Silver Spring!"

I hope BDC was one of them.  ;D
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« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2003, 09:09:22 PM »

Here's an excerpt from another article about the opening, from The New York Times. Not much about Clint here, but it's an interesting read ... the whole thing is here.

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April 7, 2003
An Art Deco Classic Turns Cinema Showcase
By TODD S. PURDUM

 
WASHINGTON, April 6 — The plushest place to see a movie in Washington these days is not in Washington at all, but just over the district line in the once-thriving, then-seedy, now-reviving commercial center of Silver Spring, Md., where the American Film Institute and Montgomery County have transformed an Art Deco theater into a high-tech cinema showcase.

The Silver Theater, a 1938 landmark that looks like a sleek, gray ocean liner bobbing on a hilltop on Colesville Road, was for decades the centerpiece of one of the capital's first suburban shopping centers. But as sprawl spread farther north into Maryland, the area fell on hard times, and by the mid-1980's the Silver was closed, its ceiling leaking and its once-grand auditorium home to a colony of feral cats.

Preservationists, led by the Art Deco Society of Washington, banded together to save it. In 1997 the Montgomery County executive, Douglas M. Duncan, who was working to redevelop the area, held talks with the American Film Institute, the Los Angeles-based preservation and education organization. Its East Coast branch operated for nearly three decades out of makeshift space at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts here.

The result: a loving restoration of the original theater, plus construction of two smaller state-of-the-art auditoriums, in a $20 million county-built complex that will present festivals and regular showings of classic, foreign, independent and documentary films.

Clint Eastwood was the guest of honor at an invitation-only gala on Friday that drew Washington notables and, like a Hollywood premiere, a crowd of neighborhood onlookers. The film that night was a 60th-anniversary screening of "The Ox-Bow Incident" (1943), the gritty Henry Fonda western about a lynch mob. Afterward Mr. Eastwood showed a clip from his forthcoming film "Mystic River," with Sean Penn and Tim Robbins, about a murder in South Boston.

"It's worked out up to the level of our highest dreams, said Jean Picker Firstenberg, director of the film institute, whose grandfather was a partner with Marcus Loew in building a pioneering chain of movie palaces. "It has been a long time from the moment we walked into Doug Duncan's office. I don't think there's another cultural asset like this in the country, and now the pressure's on us to live up to what the county's expecting."
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Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company
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« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2003, 05:47:50 PM »

Does anyone know if we had anyone from the board that made it to the opening?
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