One of my favorite things about being on St. Simons Island has been Flashback Cinema. We are only five minutes from the Georgia Theatre Company. Our first week on the island we saw “Hidden Figures” and learned about the Flashback Cinema program.
Flashback Cinema is a new “old” movie shown every week on Sundays and Wednesdays. We went to see our first Flashback Cinema movie – “The King and I” – while my parents were here. I was so sure that the movie would be packed. I bought tickets the day before online and made everyone get to the theater 45 minutes early. There were 15 people in the theater.
We returned the next week to see Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in “It Happened One Night.” We didn’t rush to get to the movie and bought our tickets at the door and there were about the same number of people at the movie. Mom had never seen “It Happened One Night,” which totally shocked me because I’ve seen it a dozen times.
We skipped the next week (“Godfather”) and then went to see “Singing in the Rain” the last week that Mom and Dad were on the island. Since then, Tom and I have also been to see “Young Frankenstein” and “Rear Window.” “Young Frankenstein” is one of our favorite all-time movies. It was so much fun to see it on the big screen with 25 other people who also knew every line.
Tom and I are looking forward to seeing “The Ten Commandments” during Holy Week and “Hello Dolly” the week after. Unfortunately we will have to leave Flashback Cinema behind when we leave the island. One of the rangers told us that they showed “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” last year. That would have been so much fun!
One of the joys of exploring the country is finding delightful things to do in each location we visit. Flashback Cinema has been one of the most delightful. I am going to look forward to seeing more favorites on the big screen next year.
What is your favorite old movie? Is there a Flashback Cinema near you? Check out the locations here. If there is – don’t miss the chance to see old favorites on the big screen.