The digital age makes the world seem that much smaller. It gives us the chance to talk to loved ones miles away, it keeps us updated with different types of news and it gives us the chance to see concerts and performances that we wouldn’t normally have the chance to. One such concert will begin a new adventure for the Pantheon Theatre in Nicosia.
The theatre has recently started cooperating with alternative content companies to bring the capital – through the magic of cinema – an array of recorded and live events. This will be kick started tomorrow as the theatre takes part in a world-wide screening of David Gilmour – Live in Pompeii.
The former Pink Floyd guitarist returned to the stone Roman Amphitheatre 45-years after the band played there. The group’s performance was documented on film via the Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii concert documentary film which was released in 1972 – so before you join Gilmour and his guitar skills tomorrow, maybe use tonight to get to know the original concerts.
Gilmour returned to the theatre for two shows as part of his year-long tour in support of his number one album Rattle That Lock. The performances were the first-ever rock concerts for an audience in the stone Roman Amphitheatre, as the ones given by Pink Floyd in 1971 were delivered without an audience.
For two nights only, the 2,600-member audience stood over exactly where gladiators would have fought in the first century AD. Wanting to let even more fans and filmgoers live the experience of rock history, the one-night only theatrical screening is set to screen in over 2,000 cinemas worldwide tomorrow and Pantheon Theatre is one of them.
The film is an audio-visual spectacle, featuring lasers, pyrotechnics and a huge circular screen on which specially-created films complement selected songs. But no amount of special effects can take away from the astonishing music and stellar performance of a rock star.
The show includes songs from throughout Gilmour’s career, as well as many Pink Floyd classics, including One Of These Days – the only song that was also performed at the band’s 1971 show.
Both concerts also saw very special performances of The Great Gig In The Sky from The Dark Side Of The Moon, which Gilmour rarely plays as a solo artist. The concert film shows highlights from both shows, filmed in 4k by director Gavin Elder.
Talking about the Pantheon’s new cooperation and upcoming events, its manager George Papageorgiou said that we can look forward to a screening of Black Sabbath’s final show in Birmingham at the end of the month as well as live performances of Oscar Wilde plays in the months to come.
“We want to bring a new experience to the cinema in Nicosia. We will be screening concerts, plays, ballets and maybe even sporting events once a month or once every three weeks,” Papageorigiou said, adding that the cinema will be bringing something for everyone.
David Gilmour Live at Pompeii
Screening of the live performance. September 13. Pantheon Cinema, Nicosia. 8pm. € 7. Tel: 22-675787