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The 70-Millimeter Film Festival returns to the Music Box Theatre 

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The Music Box 70mm Film Festival returns to the Music Box Theatre for the fifth year with eight new films, including a brand-new 70mm print of Lawrence of Arabia.

Film buffs know how incredible it is to see a film in 70mm. The picture is smoother and wider than lower-resolution formats, allowing viewers to see details that would otherwise go unnoticed. With studios and filmmakers switching to digital, however, it is becoming more of a rarity.

The Music Box is one of few theaters in the country that has the correct projector to screen the prints. Julian Antos, an organizer of the event, says the festival brings audiences together to experience the beauty of film that tends to be forgotten with digital copies and home video readily available. Though digital copies can be excellent references, they're no substitute for the real thing.

This year, the Music Box wanted to offer more new titles along with festival favorites 2001: A Space Odyssey and opener West Side Story. "Adding new titles is really important, but I'm consistently impressed with how the stuff we show every year does," says Antos. The new titles include The Dark Crystal, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Remains of the Day, Silverado, The Sound of Music, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, The Thing (1982), and Year of the Dragon.   v

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