Speaking directly to the benefits of the theatrical experience, Nolan said his love of filmmaking was shaped by physical theaters as much as it was by filmmaker visions.
“My memories are not just of the films themselves and the amazing adventures unfolding on screen,” Nolan said. “They’re also of the sense of occasion, of being a young child entering an architectural space that’s so much bigger and grander than myself; the thrill of the curtains opening, moving to enlarge the screen for a widescreen presentation. Above all my enduring memories are of scale, of the size of screen, the idea of seeing people and places that are larger than life, potentially overwhelming but engrossing and involving.”
Nolan concluded by saying it is a “tremendously exciting time to be putting films into cinema” and that it is up to the directors themselves to create stories and work with exhibitors to ensure moviegoers will come to the theaters.
“The pressure is on us as never before to give people a reason to get out of the house,” Nolan said. “To use the big canvas that [exhibitors] can supply us, and tell stories in an exciting way, and bring fresh ideas, fresh takes on existing genres and new genres – inventing new genres.”
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