This afternoon I attended that nationwide event hosted by Turner Classic Movies in AMC theaters. Today was the Frankenstein (1931) and The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) double feature and it was well worth it!
What I particularly noticed about these James Whale masterpieces is that the acting is actually better than what it appears to be on the surface. The big screen brings you closer to the actors' faces, especially their eyes, than home video does (even on a big home screen). I caught the subtleties of Colin Clive's and Karloff's performances that I've never really detected completely in a lifetime of seeing these films. What seems quaint to us on the home screen actually plays very well -- like a consciously hip style choice -- on the big screen. Yes, it is just a tad enough more impressive to be (dare I say it?) that much more believable. At least, that much more worthy of letting yourself accept the film's reality. I loved seeing these great horror classic this way they were intended to be seen.
I can't wait to see what TCM has to offer next!