The Ten Commandments
 


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$5 General Admission

$4 Seniors 60+

 

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The Ten Commandments
Friday & Saturday ONLY! April 19 & 20  7:00pm
Starring Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner & Anne Baxter

 

Yep, we're going there! The Strand is proud to present one of the all-time Hollywood classics; the sweeping epic of Moses, all 3 hours and 40 minutes of it! There WILL be an intermission. Please note the earlier start time of 7:00pm.

This epic saga has become an Easter tradition to watch on network TV over a 2-night period. But this weekend, you can enjoy the entire film, beginning to end, on The Strand's 25' screen in 45 speaker surround-sound! Our system even has 'mono surround' capacity, meaning that even films like this classic will make use of all 45 speakers!

The movie's special effects were cutting edge for its day, winning the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. For the decades, the 'parting of the waters' effect was recreated for guests on the Paramount Studios riding tour. The illusion was achieved by large "dump tanks" that were flooded, then the film was shown in reverse. The two frothing walls of water were created by water dumped constantly into "catch basin areas," then the foaming, churning water was visually manipulated and used sideways for the walls of water. Gelatin was added to the tanks to give the water a consistency like sea water. The dump tanks have long since been removed, but the catch basin still exists on the Paramount lot, directly in front of the exterior sky backdrop, in the central portion of the studio. It can still be flooded for water scenes. When it's not being used in a production, it is an extension of a parking lot.

Until The Passion of the Christ (2004), this film was the highest-grossing religious epic in history, earning over $65.5 million, over $587 million in 2016 dollars.  At least 14,000 extras and 15,000 animals were used in the film.

 

Legendary Director, Cecil B. DeMille, picked Charlton Heston for the role of Moses because he bore a resemblance to Michelangelo's statue of Moses in Rome, Italy. Heston later played Michelangelo in The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965).

Unrated 1956 | Runtime 3 hr 40 min; There will be a 15 min intermission

Friday & Saturday, April 19 & 20   Special Start Time of 7:00pm