At the Philadelphia Film Society, a special screening of Spike Lee's 'Malcolm X'

Shara Dae Howard
February 10, 2020 - 6:39 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — At the Philadelphia Film Society, Black History Month continues with a one-time screening of a Spike Lee classic. 

Especially curated, Spike Lee's "Malcolm X" — originally released in 1992 — is being shown Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Philadelphia Film Center, one of the last surviving movie theatres built in the 20th century in Center City. 

And if that wasn't reason enough to see the film, Kevin Wayne with the theatre offers another.

"For Black History Month, we're screening "Malcolm X" on 35 mm, the way Spike made it, the way it was meant to be shown," Wayne said.

The theatre — built in 1921— showcases a film screen larger than life, Wayne says, acting as a veritable time machine and transporting viewers back through history on a 33-by-17 screen, which he says is the largest in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Film Center is also the only theatre with 35 mm projectors. 

"We take care of them. We keep them up to spec and they run great. And we have a great staff of projectionists who, because with 35 mm, you actually have to have the projectionist hands on," he added.