Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Original Edit of 'The Shining' Coming to Rochester, NY, in October

When Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Stephen King's The Shining first opened in New York on May 23, 1980, the epic film was even more epic than the one with which we're all familiar today. Five days after the film's release, Kubrick decided to trudge back into the snowy Overlook Hotel and snip four minutes from his film. At the time, the filmmaker told The Evening Independent, “After several screenings in London the day before the film opened in New York and Los Angeles, when I was able to see for the first time the fantastic pitch of excitement which the audience reached during the climax of the film, I decided the scene was unnecessary.”

More than thirty years later, the Dryden Theater in Rochester New York will be screening the original, uncut version of The Shining. The film will screen for one night only October 22, 2011, at 8:00 PM. The theater's web site teases, "A brilliant study of domestic abuse and possession — demonic, creative, and familial — this is Kubrick’s horror masterpiece as you’ve never seen it, complete with a chilling coda cut from the original release." Will more Shining be better Shining? Rochester residents can decide for themselves on October 22nd.

The Dryden Theatre is located at 900 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607.
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