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(Ithaca, NY) – The State Theatre, M&T Bank and The Ithaca times continue The Classic Movie Series with rock and roll cult classic film “Pink Floyd – The Wall” on Thursday, October 1st at 8pm.
Originally opened in 1928, The State Theatre flourished as a premier entertainment venue and was a source of great pride to Tompkins County residents for many decades. Beginning with vaudeville and then black and white silent film, the theater has evolved with the times. When movies became more popular in the early 1930s, the theater thrived primarily as a cinema house. After World War II, with the advent of television and suburban movie houses, downtown cinema palaces like the State struggled, and eventually large historic theatres like The State stopped screening movies. The State Theatre stopped showing movies in the mid-90’s. Some of the final films to be screened there included “The Shawshank Redemption”, “Natural Born Killers” and “Forrest Gump”.
Pink Floyd’s the Wall is one of the most intriguing and imaginative albums in the history of rock music. Aurally explosive on record, astoundingly complex on stage, and visually explosive on the screen, The Wall traces the life of the fictional protagonist, Pink, from his boyhood days in post-World-War-II England to his self-imposed isolation as a world-renowned rock star, leading to a climax that is as cathartic as it is destructive.
Every incident that causes Pink pain is yet another brick in his ever-growing wall: a fatherless childhood, a domineering mother, an out-of-touch education system, a government that treats its citizens like chess pieces, the superficiality of stardom, an estranged marriage, even the very drugs he turns to in order to find release. As his wall nears completion – each brick further closing him off from the rest of the world – Pink spirals into a veritable Wonderland of insanity.
General admission tickets for “Pink Floyd- The Wall” are $6 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available through the State Theatre Box Office at 105 W. State/MLK Jr. St., by calling 607-277-8283, or online at www.stateofithaca.com. This movie kicks off the 2015/16 M&T Bank and Ithaca Times Classic Movie Series and is sponsored by Cayuga Radio Group and I100 Classic rock.
State Theatre of Ithaca Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that owns and operates Tompkins County’s last remaining historic theatre. Thier mission is to enhance the cultural life of Ithaca and the Finger Lakes by preserving, operating and promoting the historic State Theatre as an active venue for national, international and community performances and programming. Over 65,000 people will attend events there during the 2015/16 season.
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