In 2018, they brought back THE BIG LEBOWSKI for the 20th anniversary. This year we had GLORY and FIELD OF DREAMS (both released in '89). Might just be me but I'm really not crazy about them showing such recent films. I guess there's probably a heavy element of nostalgia involved for folks buying tickets to 80s/90s films (I was born after the 80s movies and was too young to remember LEBOWSKI when it first came out so I can't vouch for this personally). But wouldn't there also be a similar draw for older audiences getting the opportunity to see something like HIS GIRL FRIDAY on the big screen? I know TCM has especially been pushing WHEN HARRY MET SALLY this year, having it open the TCM fest as well as screening it through Fathom too which I've also found to be a little questionable.
I saw a lot of younger filmgoers around my age who aren't normally interested in classics (but view themselves as more open-minded cinephiles) react extremely well to seeing LAWRENCE OF ARABIA in theaters earlier this year and that made me very happy. The days that those screenings were happening, I remember sifting through absolutely glowing reactions upon reactions on Reddit and on Twitter...
My biggest wish for 2019 was to have ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE screen for the 50th anniversary, however it obviously didn't happen (at least through the TCM-Fathom partnership). I'm still sore that I wasn't able to see this anywhere on the big screen this year. It's not as well known as the Connery films but it does have a bit of a cult following that I would hope to maybe attract some curious Bond lovers. I admit that it would probably not do super well with box office receipts but I keep on thinking back to when I saw the original SUPERMAN w/ Chris Reeve through Fathom around a year ago. Again, lots of people around my age who are more (or ONLY!) familiar with Henry Cavill's Supes showed up and still had a blast seeing the character's story presented in a different way than what they've been used to these last few years. I sincerely think that if TCM/Fathom/Regal/AMC/etc. promoted these screenings more often and in a more engaging manner, they'd get even better returns and wouldn't be so hesitant to show real classics.
P.S. I'd love to see the MARK OF ZORRO! 😩