Tyler Mayforth

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Jaws, The Big Screen And The Orpheum Theater

Quick: Name the movie with this popular line.

“You’re going to need a bigger boat.”

Simple, right? That was Titanic.

All right. All right.

Any movie buff that’s worth his/her salt knows that’s from Jaws.

Until recently, all of my viewings of Jaws were restricted to a small screen. After all, I was negative-10 years old when it first came out in theaters way back in 1975.

That all changed on a recent Monday night when I saw Jaws — on the big screen, mind you — at The Orpheum Theater here in New Orleans. It was a free showing thanks to the Orpheum Summer Film Series presented by the Tipitina’s Foundation.

I’ll say this: There is just something about seeing a great movie on the big screen that seeing it on a regular TV doesn’t do it justice, no matter how big that TV is.

For the life of me, I can’t think of a movie someone my age could watch 30-40 years from now that would leave the same kind of impact.

The aforementioned Titanic? Possibly. Just because of how big the scale of it is.

Mad Max: Fury Road? As much as I loved it, I have a feeling it’s fine on a TV screen.

I honestly don’t think I can name one. If you can, let me know on Twitter and if you need my handle, just check on the right-hand side of the page (@tylermayforth).

I don’t want to sound like I’m waxing poetic, but they just don’t make movies like they used to. And yes, I’m saying that about a movie that came out 10 years before I was born.

Tyler Mayforth • July 13, 2016

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