Thought I should let you guys know how this outdoor screening of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly went last night.
I can happily report that all my fears about bad weather, noisy stupid people etc were all unfounded. This was a fantastic event and a success from start to finish.
The weather was perfect. A lovely warm summer's night. (I sat in a tee shirt through til the end at just gone midnight) The venue was fantastic too. Being in a large courtyard area enclosed on all sides by a beautiful historic building, the acoustics were surprisingly good for an outdoor thing. In fact the buildings bounced the sound around brilliantly so the soundtrack boomed along and the gunfire seemed to surround you. On top of all that, the crowd was not only quiet but really in to the film. The only noise came from the odd laugh (at the right moments) and spontaneous cheers when a particularly good bit happened. (i.e. LVC falling into the open grave at the end of the final shootout. Then at the end there was a really warm round of applause for the film.
The screen was enormous and it was really quite weird seeing LVC in close up when his head was the size of a small suburban house! In fact the whole thing looked fantastic in such a large format.
All in all this was a great night out which my wife enjoyed almost as much as I did. Who would have thought that??!!
As a footnote, I was particularly pleased to hear people's conversations as they were leaving where some who had obviously just seen the film for the first time were raving about how it was one of the best films they had ever seen. New Converts! I love it.
If they do a similar thing next year I would definitely recommend it.