‘Stop Making Sense’ At Prov Place Cinemas

[This is NOT being shown in IMAX as advertised.] Restored and remastered, ‘Stop Making Sense,’ is now showing downtown at the Providence Place Cinemas, in IMAX 2D. Newly restored to 4K to coincide with its 40th anniversary, the live performance was filmed over the course of three nights in Hollywood’s Pantages Theater in December of 1983. More important than the size of the screen is the all-enveloping boom of the speaker system. The sound for “U2/3D” and “Shine a Light” was probably better than the live experience, and the bathrooms are cleaner.

David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, and Chris Frantz met as students at RISD where they formed a cover band called the Artistics. They soon moved to NYC where they picked up Jerry Harrison and a new band name. (RISD awarded all four members honorary degrees in 2015.)

According to Deadline, this new release has become a big hit real fast: “Originally the re-release of the 1984 Jonathan Demme concert film was bound to run in around 150 Imax auditoriums, now it’s 300.” People are dancing in the seats and the aisles.

Reuniting for their first time in years, all four band members spoke to CBS Sunday Morning.

The restoration and re-release of the classic 1984 concert film “Stop Making Sense” is an occasion for the members of the band Talking Heads . . .  to get reacquainted after decades of estrangement, and to revisit a moment of jubilant shared success.

The band broke up in 1991. A little awkwardness still persists.

Rated PG. Running time: 1 hour, 45 minutes.

Stop Making Sense, Providence Place Cinemas, the Mall, (directions)

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Below is the mural in the cafe at RISD’s Fleet Library downtown, by Kyla Coburn, also a RISD grad.

I don’t know if this is actually true, or why I think I know it, but I have it in my head that this was where “The Artistics” lived while going to RISD. Feel free to set the record straight, or confirm.

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