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Off-Ramp Recommends: Two ways to party like it's 2001

Astronaut David Bowman in
Astronaut David Bowman in "2001: A Space Odyssey" (Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM))

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The Aero Theatre in Santa Monica will be hosting a rare event this weekend: a screening of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" on brand new 70mm film. The 1968 cult classic's final showing will be Saturday April 1st, at 7:30pm.

You might be thinking- "times are wild already, I don't need to revisit a movie all about deadly automation and time travel!" But we are saying, "Hey! It's a classic!" ! In 1968, MGM originally promised viewers "a majestic visual experience" the likes of which had never been seen. The sci-fi epic has continued to captivate audiences for nearly 50 years.

A scene from the movie '2001: A Space Odyssey'
A scene from the movie '2001: A Space Odyssey'
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Kubrick's films are also praised for their artistic value. Hence Kubrick film festivals, the touring Kubrick collection which lived at LACMA for two years, and now a new museum in Lincoln Heights.

Viewers look at posters for Kubrick's films in the entrance to the exhibit. Kubrick is known for films such as
Viewers look at posters for Kubrick's films in the entrance to the exhibit. Kubrick is known for films such as "A Clockwork Orange," "2001: A Space Odyssey," and "Eyes Wide Shut."
Maya Sugarman

The 14th Factory in Lincoln Heights just opened and is an entirely immersive, creative experience. Curated to deprive visitors of different senses as they walk through the sprawling 3-acre converted warehouse, 14th Factory also plays with our sense of reality. A great example of this - and a Kubrick tie-in - is that in the heart of the warehouse is a recreation of the bedroom from the final scene of "2001: A Space Odyssey". 


The Off-Ramp interns explored the room and were completely taken aback. Bright white lights reflect from every angle and patrons are invited to sit on the bed, chairs, open drawers, touch the items they originally saw in the film. Only two people are allowed in at one time and it is completely silent, oddly adding to the sensory overload of the exhibit.

So there are multiple ways to celebrate this iconic film that will be turning 50 years old soon! But in our opinion, sequence is paramount. 

Step 1: Take in the 70mm screening.

Step 2: Navigate the dark halls of 14th Factory.

Step 3: Experience a range of emotion in the 2001 bedroom.

Step 4: Tweet or Facebook your experience to us at Off-Ramp.

The brand-new 70mm copy of "2001: A Space Odyssey" will be screening at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, located at 1328 Montana Ave. Tickets are $15.

The Stanley Kubrick room is inside the 14th Factory Art Collective in Lincoln Heights, located at 440 N Ave 19. Tickets usually run $13.50, but on Thursdays there is a "donate-what-you-can" policy.