Bryant Park was mobbed.
First, they showed a Bugs Bunny cartoon, Mutiny on the Bunny, very funny. The quality of the print was superb. Flawless. It was a treat to see a Bugs Bunny cartoon on the big screen.
Then, they showed movie trailers which was quite unexpected.
Since HBO sponsors the free movie series, an HBO trailer was shown, you know, the one with the cool music. During that multitudes of people got up and danced. It must have been one of those bizarre e-crowd mob things.
Next they showed the movie, minus the dark screened introduction.
As excited as I was to have an opportunity to see 2001 on the big screen, I have to say I was disappointed. The print was filthy. I was so disgusted I left before Dave repeats his command to HAL to open the pod bay doors.
If you're not going to show a good print of 2001, don't show the movie at all. That movie is too special and it's an insult to the good memory of Stanley Kubrick.