If you think the symbiosis between video games and movies is something new, you need only look to Disney’s 1982 feature Tron. Decades ahead of its time, the film pioneered the use of 3D computer animation to transport star Jeff Bridges into the world of a video game. Now it’s coming back to the big screen at The El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood for a special 10-day engagement.
Starting Thursday, May 6, fans can check out an archival 70mm print featuring six-track Dolby SR Stereo sound, as well as displays of original costumes, props and other memorabilia from the film. The opening night ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. and will feature a panel discussion moderated by Academy Award-nominated visual effects artist/filmmaker Harrison Ellenshaw. Panelists will include director Steven Lisberger, visual effects supervisor Richard Taylor (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and production designer/futurist Syd Mead.
The Opening night festivities will also include a live Tron 2.0 tournament, which will be played on the big screen. During the movie’s 10-day run, attendees will be able to play Atari’s recently released video game sequel, courtesy of Buena Vista Interactive.
Tickets for all shows can be purchased at the El Capitan box office, online at www.elcapitantickets.com or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Daily showtimes (4/7-4/16) are noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.