The print was by far the worst I have ever seen at Noir City, and I have been attending since the first one. Each reel was scratchy at the beginning and end - and I mean distractingly scratched, and the sound quality was muddy at these same points.
To make it worse, the projection was frequently out of focus. I am assuming that was the fault of the print and not the projectionist.
This was a 35mm print. According to the program, it was provided by Warner Brothers. That seems odd to me, because it is an MGM film, but maybe MGM sold their library to Warner Brothers. In any event, I can't believe Eddie couldn't get a better print. This movie is readily available on DVD - I could have watched it at home and had a much better viewing experience.
I tried to find Eddie afterwards, but it is probably better that I could not.
I can't remember when I have seen such a poor print of any film at any theatre.
A little patina seems to fit some movies, but not The Bad and the Beautiful, which is all about Hollywood glamour. Vincent Minnelli would have been appalled!