*UPDATE* Vintage Print of the Original King Kong Discovered! Spider Pit Sequence Intact?
If this comes to fruition, it could very well be the biggest thing we'll have to be thankful for, for decades to come. Get ready to be guardedly excited, folks!
As per the UK's Evening Times:
A workman has unearthed a vintage film reel of King Kong during the refurbishment of a West End cinema.
Joiner Ross McMillan discovered the ancient movie hidden behind a partition wall in a projection room in the Grosvenor Cinema.
The Ashton Lane landmark is undergoing a major refurbishment by Stefan King’s G1 Group.
And the tradesman almost threw out the canister while working at The Loft, which is being renamed the Grosvenor Café & Cinema.
The dusty old reel, which dates back to the 1930s, is thought to have been missing from US film production company RKO’s library vaults for more than 70 years.
And the workman originally thought he had unearthed hidden treasure before realising it was a dusty old film reel.
The movie discovered was the original 1933 version of Merian C Cooper’s King Kong which has been missing from the film company’s vaults since 1934.
Mr McMillan said: “I didn’t know what it was at first, I hoped it was hidden treasure but when I realised it wasn’t I was about to throw it in the skip.
“One of the cinema staff stopped me and took it away to find out what it was.
“When I heard it was an original version of King Kong, one favourite movies as a kid, I couldn’t believe it.”
The film is renowned for its pioneering special effects, stop motion models and early animation.
But the cinema projectionist got a shock after contacting the original distributor, when he discovered late fees for the film have mounted over the passing decades to more than £43,000 in today’s money.
Universal Pictures, which now owns RKO, has told cinema bosses it is willing to waive this fee to have the prestigious film reel back in its prized collection.
And as a special thank you, it will allow the Grosvenor Cinema to show the film a final time bringing 1930s cinematography back to the West End institution.
How absolutely amazing is that?!? Let's keep our fingers crossed! Look for more on this, we're sure, really soon!
According to BBC News that given the fact that the found reels are on celluloid and not nitrate, suggests it dates from the 50s, but no-one is yet quite sure how it got there. We'll keep you in the loop on any further developments.
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