The Film Guild Cinema launched February 1, 1929 with “Two Days.” It was conceptualized by Symon Gould – one of two people along with Michael Mindlin commonly cited for the art film movement shown in decidedly non-palatial diminutive theater – and architected by Frederick Kiesler. His sketches including the four screen concept is in photos. On May 14, 1930, the theatre changed to the Eighth Street Playhouse. It announced just one month later that it would usher in early experimental television as part of its programming mission.
While I missed this, also missed the annual airing on ABC of The Ten Commandments, and was only alerted when people were looking at the memes created two years ago. So this year I’m going to watch it onDemand & live-tweet, plus create new memes, because every time it is watched something new pops out. Watching without all the commercials should make it faster, but making the memes etc…is taking a bit longer, so I’ll probably finish at 5am! There are very few traditions in American life I embrace, this is to me what Wizard of Oz is to others, and wouldn’t miss it for anything but now in the age of cord-cutting it seems instead of watching along & commenting on social media with all my friends, it will have to be all of you that gets tortured by my running gag-commentary.