It’s difficult to imagine a time when computers weren’t omnipresent, but before the 1990s, the technology was a new frontier explored by a select few. On August 29th, the Hollywood Theater will take a look back at a bygone era with When Computers Were Young, a program of vintage documentary shorts about the early days of programming.
The event comes courtesy of the A/V Geeks, an archive that maintains over 24,000 16mm educational and industrial films, plus hundreds of videos and filmstrips. When Computers Were Young promises an evening of 16mm films explaining “the wonders (and potential pitfalls) of this new machine called the computer.” The featured selections include Thinking Machines, Basic Computer Terms, Ethics In The Computer Age (a 1984 short about the issues and consequences of computer hacking and software piracy), Hackers (a 1985 TV documentary about the hacker community), and more.
When Computers Were Young begins at 7:30 p.m. The event also includes free electronics recycling (anything except CRT tube style TVs or monitors) that will take place from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Guests who bring in an item to recycle will receive a free popcorn or soda. Tickets are $8, $6 for kids, seniors, and students, and are available for purchase at Showclix.