93 Films That Celebrate the Joy (& Pain) of Going to the Cinema

Going to the movie theater has always been a magical event.

It's the place you go on your first date. It's where you stand in line for hours to see the local premiere of your favorite film. It's where the romance of the big screen makes you fall in love with cinema enough to actually contribute to it. Eusebio Poveda, a video editor from Madrid, captures a tiny snapshot of this magic in his supercut CINEMA in CINEMA, a collection of 139 clips that celebrates the representation of the cinema in 93 different films. (A full list of the films used is in the video's description.)

Okay, sometimes going to the movie theater isn't all that magical; it's crowded, expensive as all hell, and the seats are usually sticky with melted Raisinets. But, you've got to admit -- there are at least a handful of times that you've sat in those sticky seats in a crowded auditorium with a now empty wallet to see a movie that completely blew you away. I remember very distinctly watching Jurassic Park on the mezzanine of the last of my town's non-multiplex theaters, and not only did the drama of all those dinos chasing an ever-screaming Laura Dern transport me into a different world, but the theater did too.

Who knows how long the movie theater will survive, and who knows if we'll be watching big movie premieres on our VR headsets while eating Jiffy Pop at home in our PJs? Who knows?! Perhaps the magic didn't come from the theater itself after all. Maybe it came from the story, the spectacle, and the drama that played out inside of it.     

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Very nicely put together.

Here is the list if you watch it here instead of in vimeo:

0:01 Ed Wood
0:02 Singin' in the Rain
0:03 Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
0:04 The Purple Rose of Cairo
0:06 The Aviator
0:08 The Majestic
0:11 An American Werewolf in London
0:15 Donnie Darko
0:17 Grease
0:19 Blazzing Saddles
0:22 Annie Hall
0:25 The Final Destination
0:29 The Purple Rose of Cairo
0:31 The Majestic
0:33 Ed Wood
0:34 Annie
0:35 Holy Motors
0:37 Up
0:38 The Perks of Being a Wallflower
0:39 The Life Aquatic
0:40 Cinema Paradiso
0:41 Explorers
0:42 The Flintstones
0:43 Taxi Driver
0:45 The Third Man
0:46 La Haine
0:47 In the Mouth of Madness
0:48 Public Enemies
0:49 True Romance
0:53 Hugo
0:54 Curly Sue
0:55 Matinee
0:56 The Purple Rose of Cairo
0:58 Bachelor Party
1:00 The Shawshank Redemption
1:04 Cinema Paradiso
1:06 Avalon
1:08 Biloxy Blues
1:09 Scream 2
1:10 Gremlins
1:11 Inglorious Basterds
1:12 The Artist
1:15 Son of Rambow
1:17 All That Jazz
1:18 Twilight New Moon
1:20 Hannah and Her Sisters
1:22 The Departed
1:24 The Player
1:25 Taxi Driver
1:28 Pierrot le Fou
1:31 Not Fade Away
1:40 Who Framed Roger Rabbit
1:41 Sullivan's Travels
1:43 Burn After Reading
1:44 Singin' in the Rain
1:46 Cape Fear
1:53 Bonnie & Clyde
1:59 You've Got an Email
2:01 How To Lose a Guy in Ten Days
2:07 True Romance
2:18 The Notebook
2:20 Notting Hill
2:22 High Fidelity
2:24 Brokeback Mountain
2:26 Sunset Boulevard
2:28 Midnight Cowboy
2:29 Amarcord
2:32 Summer of 42
2:34 Diner
2:37 L.A. Confidential
2:38 Donnie Darko
2:40 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
2:41 Lucas
2:42 Who Framed Roger Rabbit
2:47 Midnight Cowboy
2:47 Sherlock Jr.
2:49 500 Days of Summer
2:50 Twelve Monkeys
2:58 Last Action Hero
3:03 The Blob
3:04 Outbreak
3:05 Inglorious Basterds
3:07 An American Werewolf in London
3:08 Hardcore
3:09 The Tingler
3:11 Scream 2
3:13 Barton Fink
3:14 The Hard Way
3:16 Bachelor Party
3:18 Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
3:20 An American Werewolf in London
3:21 Manhattan Murder Mistery
3:22 Saboteur
3:23 The Hard Way
3:24 Inglorious Basterds
3:25 Matinee
3:28 Gremlins
3:29 Gremlins
3:30 The Blob
3:32 Silent Movie
3:33 Twister
3:35 Cinema Paradiso
3:38 The Final Destination
3:42 Inglorious Basterds
3:43 Matinee
3:44 The Final Destination
3:48 Inglorious Basterds
3:53 The Cider House Rules
3:58 Sherlock Jr.
3:59 Cinema Paradiso
3:59 Inglorious Basterds
4:01 Waking Life
4:02 Fight Club
4:03 Sunset Blvd.
4:04 The Bad and the Beautiful
4:12 Catch Me if You Can
4:20 L'armée des Ombres
4:21 Leon
4:25 El Espiritu de la Colmena
4:29 Be Kind Rewind
4:30 Bonnie & Clyde
4:33 Interview with the Vampire
4:37 The Green Mile
4:39 Cinema Paradiso
4:40 Cinema Paradiso
4:43 Simone
4:46 Amelie
4:48 The Artist
4:52 Atonement
4:54 The Majestic
4:56 The Aviator
4:58 Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
5:00 Ed Wood
5:03 Gremlins
5:05 The Cider House Rules
5:07 Hugo
5:09 The Purple Rose of Cairo
5:25 Singin' in the Rain
5:36 Matinee

January 30, 2016 at 5:10PM

Alex Ashman

The biggest issue with theaters currently is the people who do other things besides watch the movie. Put the phone away, stop talking, don't bring babies and let everybody enjoy the show.

Also it would be nice if theaters made it more of an event than just watching a movie. Perhaps include dinner or other activities. It gets annoying when we are watching the same commercials as we see on TV before the film starts. Might as well watch it at home if the main difference is a large screen.

February 4, 2016 at 11:14PM

Ryan Gudmunson
Recreational Filmmaker

Don't forget how many use their phone to take a picture when the movie is almost starting, or when it is playing.
Lately, theaters are like fast service, go watch a movie (any, mostly the most commercial one), before you have to watch ads, not only in screen but outside of it, then you go, generally to but some more. It has lost a bit of the ritual that was going to a theater. In my country, for example, it's almost impossible to find film theaters outside of shopping centers, or a place where you can watch movies from around the world

February 5, 2016 at 2:16AM

Abi Stricker

Very nice, it is well separated in emotional moments. I could feel the universal experience that is cinema, the looks of amazement it can create. It makes you think how is has evolved.

February 5, 2016 at 2:11AM

Abi Stricker