Watching a film at a movie theater is special — and watching an old 35mm print in its original form even more so. “I think that people get used to seeing things digitally and I certainly do too — but then you see a beautiful 35mm print, it’s a whole other experience,” says Jake Perlin, Executive Director at Cinema Conservancy. The nonprofit contacts theaters with film projectors across the country to screen 35mm prints they reproduce. They narrow their field to American independent film, with a focus on projects of historical and social significance that, for one reason or another, have gone under-seen and have piqued Perlin’s interest, from Nothing But a Man to The Little Fugitive. Once he chooses a movie, Perlin strikes a new 35mm print from the negative or high-quality positive; he also helps to untangle legal rights so that a film can be re-introduced.
Seeing these forgotten movies on 35mm, or any movie the way the artist intended, is essential for any man that calls himself a film buff. Using this list, provided by Perlin and the Cinema Conservancy, you should be able to find a theater that does so just a road trip away.