In response to the highly successful Boise Classic Movies series, the Egyptian Theatre is poised to see a good many more cinematic gems in 2013--and with greater frequency. A uniquely themed series of films kicks off the new year with a quartet of movies directed by the Coen brothers--a different film will be showcased each Saturday in January: Fargo, Raising Arizona, O Brother, Where Art Thou? and the little-seen but critically acclaimed Blood Simple.
Werner said his wish list of themes would include sci-fi, Westerns and what he called modern classics.
"My list would definitely include Martin Scorcese films," he said. "And I would love to hold a Daniel Day-Lewis marathon."
2012's classic films included The Godfather, Rear Window and this month's successful slate of holiday films.
"But nothing came close to The Big Lebowski and The Princess Bride, which both sold out," said Werner. "We packed in 750 people for each."
Werner said he was optimistic about Boise Classic Movies when he launched the idea in June, but he has been stunned by its success.
"I thought we might get 200 people by the skin of our teeth," he said. "But now, people are readily thinking about the Egyptian when they think about classic movies."