Some films are simply made for the big screen. Sure, you can download just about any film from any decade onto your laptop or TV nowadays, but there’s nothing quite like seeing a cinematic masterpiece on a big screen with surround-sound in all its glory. That’s why EVENT CINEMAS are bringing you NICHE 505. A chance to see some of the greatest films of all time on the big screen, as god (and Hollywood) intended.

Last night, I got the pleasure of attending a screening of APOCALYPSE NOW. As someone who used to work in Film and TV production, there is an embarrassing amount of iconic and important films that I am yet to see. Apocalypse Now was one of them. But now, thanks to NICHE 505, I can tick that one off my list.

For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, Apocalypse Now truly is a masterpiece. Sure, it’s long and hard to watch at times (due to the heavy subject matter) but watching it on the big screen, I could fully appreciate the cinematography, the lighting and the music in a way that my TV could never provide.

Event Cinemas also make sure you get your money’s worth by adding an introduction to the films by none other than ABC’s film critic, Giles Hardie. Last night I learned countless things about the making of Apocalypse Now, including the fact that Harvey Keitel was hired to play the lead only to be replaced by Martin Sheen four weeks into filming. Martin Sheen subsequently had a heart attack on set and the original director, George Lucas was replaced last minute by Francis Ford Coppola because Lucas decided to do Star Wars instead (as you do). And this was just the tip of the iceberg…

The bad news is, you’ve already missed your chance to see Apocalypse Now on the big screen. The good news is there are plenty of other films lined up over the next few months.

PSYCHO – Thursday 14 September
The 1960 Alfred Hitchcock thriller (with quite possibly the most iconic shower scene of all time). Watch the trailer here.

PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK – Thursday 19th October
The 1975 Australian classic (based on the novel of the same name) centred around the haunting disappearance of a teacher and her students.

CHINATOWN – Thursday 16th November
The 1974 Roman Polanski film starring Jack Nicholson. A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder. Watch the trailer here.

RUN LOLA RUN – Thursday 14th December
Released in 1998, this is a German thriller about a woman who has 20 minutes so save her boyfriend’s life. It won 26 awards including the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

To book your tickets, head to the EVENT CINEMAS website.

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