On Saturday, July 22, The Secret Cinema will return to the historic Maas Building with an all-new program called Archive Discoveries: Unseen Curiosities from the Secret Cinema Collection. It features a mélange of fascinating short films from the past, representing a variety of genres and subject matter. None have been shown in previous Secret Cinema programs; indeed, few of these films are likely to have been seen anywhere in recent years.
There will be one complete show at 8:00 pm. Admission is $9.00.
The Secret Cinema's private archive contains literally thousands of reels of 16mm (and 35mm, and 8mm) features, theatrical shorts, cartoons, newsreels, television shows, educational films, travel films, industrial films, and home movies. Together, they add up to well over three million feet of often rare celluloid, with several prints thought to be the only extant copies in the world.
Some of the more interesting of these amazing films will again see the light of a projector bulb in Archive Discoveries… This previously ungroupable group of short films will include films that were made to entertain, to teach, to encourage commerce and to alter opinion. Spanning many decades, they show wondrous places, styles and things that have long-since vanished. Some of them now seem campy, others still have valid lessons to teach, but all are fascinating, and extremely unlikely to be seen anywhere else.