The Most Unique Movie-Watching Experience Ever

PowellApparently last week was my Week of Watching Movies in the Theater That Came Out decades ago.

First up was Jurassic Park, which held its own after 20 years. There is so much wonder and awe in that movie–Spielberg truly makes you believe that dinosaurs are alive. I had also forgotten how scary it is.

But the big event of the week was watching The Matrix at Powell Symphony Hall with the soundtrack provided by the symphony. It was an incredible experience, and I’ll touch upon the highlights and my thoughts in the bullet points below:

  • Powell Hall (pictured here) is a beautiful place to watch a movie. They kept the house lights up pretty high, but they highlighted the artistry of the theater, so I didn’t mind at all.
  • I have a new-found respect for movie soundtracks and the work that goes into creating and recording them. The composer of the Matrix score was the conductor on Saturday, and I’m in awe of how well he captured the essence of the movie.
  • Although I spent most of the evening with my eyes on the screen, every once in a while I’d watch specific musicians. It seemed like the horn and string sections were used a lot, and the harpist had one glorious moment that made people clap. I’m curious if the musicians like that kind of show more or less than a more traditional symphonic concert.
  • I’ve seen The Matrix many times, and Saturday solidified how much I like it. It builds and builds like few movies do, and although it’s sheer entertainment, it asks great questions about mankind, reality, and technology.

Perhaps most of all, now that I’ve experienced a live soundtrack/score, I want more. I want to hear the iconic music of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, Inception and The Dark Knight. I even want them to take it a step further and have cover bands play the snippets of songs that accompany the amazing soundtracks of Almost Famous, Forrest Gump, and an old favorite from my younger years, Empire Records.

What movie would you like to see in that format? Maybe pick one with a traditional score and one with a soundtrack of great bands and musicians.