Recently the American Film Institute held a special event in conjunction with Target and MAGNUM Ice Cream Bar. First begun in 2007, AFI Night at the Movies was held on a Wednesday night at Hollywood’s Arclight Cinerama Dome. The red carpets were in place. Magnum ice cream, popcorn and a soda were included with the price of your ticket.
Twelve classic films were screened, with special guest presenters before each one. These presenters happened to be the actors who starred in them. Cher + Moonstruck, Samuel L. Jackson + Pulp Fiction, Shirley MacLaine + Terms of Endearment. You get the idea. We opted for the movie showing in the actual Cinerama Dome: In the Heat of the Night introduced by Sir Sidney Poitier.
This was our first time seeing the 1967 film, and both Matt and I loved it. We talked about the characters and the subject matter all the way home. For us, the most memorable part of the evening was the introduction by Sidney Poitier. At 86 years old, he is still a very charismatic presence. He struggled a bit with his written speech but you could hear a pin drop while he found his place. He did a little dance off the stage to a standing ovation. In 1963 he broke a major barrier as the first black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for Lilies of the Field. Guess what I’m adding to my Netflix list? Thanks AFI for bringing us to the movies!