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ROMA, Nominated for 10 Oscars, Will Get Treasure Valley Big Screening, After All

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Among the 10 Oscar nominations secured by ROMA – tying with 2000’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for the most nods from the Motion Picture Academy for a foreign film – were noms for Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing. That said, most people who have, or will, see ROMA will likely be, via Netflix, on a TV set, laptop or smartphone. Adding to that dilemma is the fact that Regal Cinemas, operators of Edwards cinexplexes in Boise, Nampa and northern Idaho, says it won’t screen ROMA as part of its annual presentations of Best Picture nominees in the coming weeks, due to Netflix’s direct rivalry with traditional cinemas.

That said, Idaho-based Mike Kaplan, art director for Stanley Kurbrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange, and current member of the Motion Picture Academy, insists that ROMA  needs to appear on a Treasure Valley big screen.

“As an Academy member, I want to see ROMA in its ideal presentation, not on TV,” Kapaln told Boise Weekly. “It turns out that the newly-opened Caldwell Luxe Reel theater has the perfect, advanced (Dolby) Atmos sound system that can accommodate the sound that ROMA deserves. After a few weeks of calls and chats with the folks at Caldwell Luxe Reel, it’s going to happen.”

Indeed, beginning Friday, Feb. 1, the Caldwell Luxe Reel Theatre will showcase ROMA on the big screen, due in large part to Kaplan’s persistence.

“It feels to me that ROMA can be an Idaho cultural event after all,” said Kaplan. “I can’t wait.”