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The ByTowne is now closed.

It's possible that, after the pandemic has been brought under control,
new management will take over the space and offer big-screen wonderfulness again.

The building is being maintained, with all its facilities and equipment intact,
in preparation for that hoped-for day.
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Must-See Cinema! Ranked #1 Film Of All Time by the Sight & Sound critics’ poll!

Saul Bass' famous poster for VertigoTo briefly acquaint new viewers with the plot of Alfred Hitchcock’s surrealistic 1958 masterpiece: James Stewart plays a detective who has left the police force because his fear of heights has caused, he believes, a tragedy. When an old friend asks him to investigate the eccentric actions of his psychologically perplexing wife (Kim Novak), Stewart’s life takes a new, obsessive course.

Having only seen Vertigo on 16mm prints and videotape, I had not appreciated the piercing blueness of Stewart’s eyes, Novak’s eyebrow-raising voluptuousness, Bernard Herrmann’s soaring score and the expansive splendor of Vistavision, as Stewart and Novak saunter against a San Francisco backdrop of hilly streets, parks and the Golden Gate Bridge. To watch this movie as it should be seen is too primal an experience to miss. Do yourself an aesthetic favor: Take the plunge. You’ll love the fall all the way down.

– Desson Howe, Washington Post

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