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Last evening, I had the special fortune of seeing yet another screening of my all time favorite movie, the 1961 film version of West Side Story, at a small, recently-renovated theatre out in Maynard, MA, called the Fine Arts Theatre Place....

The Fine Arts Theatre Place, in Maynard, MA (a rural town out in Central MA), is a very small theatre, that was recently renovated so that it was very different-looking than it had been, and been cut into three smaller theatres, rather than the single theatre/movie screen that it used to be. Since Maynard is near the town where I went to high school during the mid to late-1960's (i. e. Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School), I did attend a number of movies at that particular theatre, and it was not uncommon to see at least one or two kids that I knew from school, when I went.

West Side Story played in the smallest movie theatre that they had, which held only 100 some odd people, but I'd say that close to half of the theatre was filled with moviegoers, including myself, which was great. There was a wonderful print of it, and it was on a smaller movie theatre screen, which was a perfect print. It was digital, but so what? It was a very pristine print, with a very pristine soundtrack, and we all enjoyed it immensely. I shared the center row of the theatre with three other women who were from and living in the general area, and we all agreed to at least a couple of things: We all loved and enjoyed the film version of West Side Story, and that nobody, including Steven Spielberg, would be able to re-make this great, golden oldie but keeper of a classic movie-musical and outdo the original 1961 film version of West Side Story.

One thing I noticed is that all of the Jets and Sharks, as well as their girls, all looked tougher and rougher.

I'm all agog, because the 1961 film version of West Side Story (yes, the original film!) will be playing in selected theatres, nationwide, on Sunday, June 24th and on Wednesday, June 27th. I already purchased tickets for myself and other people who'll be going with me, on both days, and I'm really looking forward to it.

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