What an amazing event the AMOLAD screening was. In the courtyard of Somerset House, organised by FilmFour. There were over 2,000 people there! They had to turn some people away. That's pretty good for a 60 year old film. Even more so because most of them were quite young (25-30).
And a very appreciative audience they were as well. Laughing at all the gags (and when Peter says "My head feels queer", how language changes in 60 years). There were a few ripples of applause after some of the most impressive scenes and a huge ovation at the end.
The screen was about 3 storeys high (40ft?) and everyone sat around on blankets (available free with a deposit). The audience was entertained by "DJs from 7:30" but I had taken Lady Ivry Freyburg along, she's an old friend of Emeric's, and we didn't fancy the DJs so we went for a meal at Rules in Covent Garden first. Apparently the DJs were pretty good, playing a medly of film music. But a meal at Rules is always wonderful as well.
The print they showed was very good although I have seen prints with brighter colours, but not often. The sound was also a tad too loud for my taste, it distorted fractionally in the louder passages but there aren't many of them and it echoed wonderfully around the courtyard.
But apart from those very minor niggles, what a wonderful experience. I'm sure the films hasn't had an audience anywhere near that size since the days of the 'super cinemas' of the 1940s.