2001

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Once Richard Strauss’ orchestral boom “Also sprach Zarathustra” coincides with the sun’s dawn in Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece “2001: A Space Odyssey,” you know you’re in for something truly unique.

Too bad it’s usually on a television screen.

For just a few days, the AMC Thoroughbred Cool Springs theater will host the restoration of Kubrick’s sci-fi epic director Christopher Nolan oversaw in its IMAX theater for 1:30, 3:30 and 9:30 p.m. showings.

For any fellow WillCo Movie Buff, this is a marquee movie event in the county.

A screening of the restoration trailer out at the Opry Mills IMAX confirms just how ready the film was for a conversion and just how pristine Nolan and crew’s work was to reshape this one for modern presentation.

Now, if you’ve not seen the film, go in cold. Just know that it’s a massively influential work that’s inspired most of your favorite modern sci-fi favorites (Interstellar is practically a straight-up homage to Kubrick’s work, spliced with Spielbergian sentimentality) and that, if you luck on finding time to see this, it’ll give you massive bragging rights over any movie fans you know who weren’t aware of it showing in Cool Springs or had other things to do during its brief run.

For those who have, more than likely, experienced Kubrick’s work on a television screen, it’s time to see the granddaddy of theatrical presentation (not called Lawrence of Arabia) the way it was meant to be presented.

While AMC’s Cool Springs venue is not a native IMAX screen and is not equipped to show a 70-millimeter film reel (the theater, strangely enough, actually hosted a 70mm run of The Hateful Eight a few years ago, but the theater more than likely brought in the equipment for that run), the faux-IMAX screen they have will be grand enough to make Kubrick’s iconic imagery and sound work grasp hold of you like it should.

The Franklin Theatre has done a nice job over the last year or so to program some quality repertory films, and perhaps they’ll host their own version of the restoration down the road. But, for now, through Wednesday is it for anyone local interested in checking this out.

If you’re on AMC’s new A-List Stubs membership, this will count toward one of your “three a week,” and what a title to fit in there.

Just make sure HAL opens the theater doors once the show is over. If it’s locked, you might want to go check in the projection room to see who’s really running the ordeal.

And, if a big black domino floats in while the film is going on…get ready for the *real* adventure of a lifetime.

Oh, and if you’re in the mood for more golden oldies, TCM is hosting their anniversary screening of South Pacific at the Cool Springs AMC on Sunday and Wednesday of this week for matinees and evening shows, Tuesday will see the AMC host a 25th anniversary screening of Rudy (“Rudy, Rudy, Rudy…”) and The Movie Gang is doing a screening of cult favorite Jim Henson title Labyrinth on Friday night.

Tickets can be purchased at the respective box office websites or onsite.