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I don't often step up and offer personal thoughts on new openings. After all, we are opening several films every week, and we love all our children equally. Also, those of you who have spotted me at the theatre (after ONLY IN THEATERS, I've sacrificed any anonymity I might have enjoyed) know that sometimes I'm catching up on films together with you at regular screenings. Not surprisingly, I prefer to see things in a theatre and don't like to watch things via screening links, even if offered in advance.But with THELMA, we have a film that I did get to see at an early festival showing, and I LOVED it so much that I can't help but share my enthusiasm

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Abroad Series present 65th anniversary screenings of Louis Malle’s 'The Lovers' ('Les Amants') starring Jeanne Moreau, on June 19 for one night only at 7:00 PM in West Los Angeles, Encino, Glendale, Claremont, and Santa Clarita. When first released in the United States in 1959, the film became an art house sensation with frank sexuality and nudity that inflamed the prudish American censors. Those censors, the Catholic Legion of Decency, and the repressive Hollywood Production Code wielded considerable influence at that time, preventing American films from exploring adult themes in a provocative manner

Over the weekend, writer-director Sean Baker (Tangerine, The Florida Project, Red Rocket) was awarded the Palme d'Or, the top prize, at this year's Cannes Film Festival for Anora, his comedy about a sex worker. New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis called the film "a giddily ribald picaresque." In his acceptance speech, Baker spoke eloquently about seeing movies in theaters. You can watch the whole thing online, but here's the key excerpt:*"This literally has been my singular goal as a filmmaker for the past 30 years. So I’m not really sure what I’m gonna do with the rest of my life, but I do know that I will continue to fight for cinema

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present the next entry in our Anniversary Classics Abroad series, the biopic drama of the early years of Ernesto Che Guevara, The Motorcycle Diaries (2004). The Academy Award-winning film by director Walter Salles (Central Station) will play for one show only on Wednesday, May 15 at 7:00 pm at five Laemmle locations: Claremont, Encino, Glendale, Newhall, and West L.A. In addition to the Oscar for Best Song, “Al Otro Lado Del Rio,” the film was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay by playwright Jose Rivera, based on Guevara's memoir. The film recounts the 1952 road trip by 23-year-old medical

We're thrilled to screen Shakespeare's leanest, meanest tragedy, Macbeth with Ralph Fiennes and Indira Varma, May 2 and 5 only, following its highly acclaimed U.K. tour. It was filmed live at Dock X in London especially for cinemas. Tony and BAFTA Award-winner Fiennes (Antony & Cleopatra, Schindler's List, Coriolanus) and Olivier Award-winner Indira Varma (Present Laughter, Game of Thrones, Luther) star in this brand-new ‘full-voltage visceral’ (★★★★ Daily Telegraph) production of the Scottish play. Designed for a custom-built space, this gripping and breathtaking play about the couple utterly corrupted by their relentless lust for power is

We’re proud to soon screen two films by Canadian filmmaker Patricia Rozema: her just-restored 1995 romance When Night is Falling (May 7 at the Royal and May 8 at the NoHo) and her most recent film, Mouthpiece (May 13 & 14 at the Town Center, Monica Film Center, Glendale, and Claremont). Rozema will participate in Q&As after the Tuesday, May 7 and 8 screenings of When Night is Falling at the Royal and NoHo. Tracy E. Gilchrist, VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for equalpride, will moderate the Royal Q&A.Long considered to be a pivotal entry in the LGTBQ+ canon, When Night is Falling is a sexy, daring and visually resplendent story about the

We know that over the past four years, you may have become accustomed to hearing bad news from us. So we are pleased to share some good news. Qualified good news. But still, a sign of improvement.It appears that older audiences are returning in larger numbers. That's welcome news for all of us at Laemmle Theatres, and at art houses across the U.S. Before the pandemic, the hand wringing was about the “graying” of the arthouse audience. But since reopening, as arthouses have had success with younger-skewing films, the concern instead has been about how to reconnect with the older audiences that were once weekly guests at our theaters. Now, we love

Photographic Justice: The Corky Lee Story LAEMMLE PANELSROYAL:4/25 Thursday 7:30Q&A with Jennifer Takaki / DirectorGeorge Hirose / Executive Producer Linda Lew Woo / ProducerModerated by: Jeff Yang / Author and Friend of Corky LeeGLENDALE:4/26 Friday 4:30 Informal Q&A with Jennifer Takaki / DirectorGeorge Hirose / Executive Producer Linda Lew Woo / Producer4/27 Saturday 4:30Q&A with Jennifer Takaki / DirectorGeorge Hirose / Executive Producer Linda Lew Woo / ProducerModerated by: Chris M. Kwok / Community Organizer4/28 Sunday 4:30Informal Q&A with Jennifer Takaki / DirectorGeorge Hirose / Executive Producer Linda Lew Woo / Producer

We have the next several months of our Culture Vulture series set, and as always the films are eclectic and stimulating, featuring documentaries about artists and writers, gallery films, a National Theater Live stage production, and more.April 22 & 23 ~ On the Adamant ~ Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Fest, this affecting, enlightening documentary from nonfiction master Nicolas Philibert (To Be and to Have) invites viewers to come aboard the Adamant and witness the transformational power of art and community. The Adamant is a one-of-a-kind place: a floating refuge on the Seine in the heart of Paris that offers day programs for adults

Uberto Pasolini's new film Nowhere Special stars the gifted English actor James Norton as a single father who dedicates the last few months of his life to finding a new family for his four-year-old son. It's based on a true story. We open Nowhere Special April 26 at the Royal and May 3 at our Claremont, Glendale and Encino theaters. Pasolini wrote the following about how he, his cast and crew were able to create this brilliant, understated movie:"I wanted to make this film as soon as I read about the case of a terminally ill father attempting to find a new family for his toddler son before his death. Although the situation the main characters find

The 28th feature directed by renowned British filmmaker Ken Loach follows a once-vibrant mining town’s response to the arrival of a group of Syrian refugees. TJ, the amiable proprietor of the titular pub – the last meeting point left in town – struggles to keep his more narrow-minded local clientele amid prejudice as he befriends these new residents, in particular a Syrian photographer, Yara. As he has over his six-decade career, Loach gives compassionate voice to the oppressed – both the Syrian migrants as well as the out-of-work locals -- in this, the concluding chapter of his Northeast England trilogy (following I, Daniel Blake and Sorry We

The next film in our Anniversary Classics Abroad series is Claire Denis's intense 1988 debut feature, Chocolat, screening April 24 at our Claremont, Encino, Glendale, Newhall and West L.A. theaters. Denis drew on her own childhood experiences growing up in colonial French Africa for her visually beautiful, multilayered, languorously absorbing movie. She explores many of the themes that would recur throughout her work. Returning to the town where she grew up in Cameroon after many years living in France, a white woman (Mireille Perrier) reflects on her relationship with Protée (Isaach De Bankolé), a Black servant with whom she formed a friendship

"The closest thing to a perfect movie that I have ever seen." – John Woo"Noir Nirvana." – Eddie Muller"Jean-Pierre Melville's coolest, sleekest, and most influential salute to the French underworld." – Michael Sragow, The New Yorker"The beauty of Le Samouraï isn't its plot, but the assured handling of tone, mood, and style, which tips its hat to the noir of the past while standing out as a unique heady cocktail of its own." – Angelica Jade Bastien, Vulture"[Jean-Pierre Melville] made the coolest gangster films ever." – Quentin TarantinoIn a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays Jef Costello, a contract killer with samurai instincts. After

Spring forward by looking back at some classic films next month. We've got two modern French classics, Claude Chabrol's dark masterpiece La Cérémonie (April 2 at the Royal with actress Jacqueline Bisset in person for a Q&A, and Chocolat by Claire Denis (April 24 at multiple theaters). We'll also be screening two quintessential films from the milestone movie year 1962: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and Ride the High Country, to coincide with the publication of the paperback edition of Cinema ’62: The Greatest Year at the Movies. The films will have separate screenings at two different Laemmle locations, with What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? only

1st Place: Paola Lainez with 21 correct answers + the tie breaker question about the show's running time.2nd Place: Tami Lefko with 21 correct answers.3rd Place: Kelly Kilmer with 20 correct answers.Winners, we will soon be in touch with your movie pass prizes. Check out our snazzy pie charts for the full breakdown of how everyone voted.*We had two people correctly guess 21 out of 23 categories! The top spot was ultimately decided by the customer that came closest to guessing the telecast run-time of 203 minutes! Best Actress Winner Emma Stone for Poor Things (still in theaters for at least one more week) was only chosen to win by 30% of our

This week and next we're delighted to show the sui generis farce Hundreds of Beavers. The March 14 Hundreds of Beavers screening at the Royal, March 15 & 16 late shows in Glendale, March 18 at the NoHo, and March 19 in Claremont will feature Q&As with the filmmakers plus a beaver or two.The screenings have become something of a phenomenon, so much so that the New York Times posted a story about them last week. It begins:"Last week, a bonkers low-budget movie that was shot in black and white and has no Hollywood stars, packed a 200-seat theater on a one-night engagement at the IFC Center in Manhattan. Additional screenings were added."Mike Cheslik

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present this month’s installment in our Anniversary Classics Abroad Series: Hiroshi Teshigahara’s Oscar-nominated erotic drama, Woman in the Dunes . Actually, the film was nominated in two separate years. In 1964, when it won the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, it was one of the five nominees for Best Foreign Language Film. In 1965, when the film was released in America, Teshigahara earned a nomination for Best Director. This was a milestone because he was the first Asian director ever to win that recognition from the Academy. The great Akira Kurosawa earned his only Best

Shayda, an subtle, potent story of female empowerment, establishes first-time feature filmmaker Noora Niasari as a remarkably assured talent. She won an Audience Award and was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize last year at Sundance and received a nomination from the DGA for achievements by first-time filmmakers. Film critic Claudia Puig described the film on LAist's FilmWeek as "one of the most masterful debuts of a filmmaker that I've seen in a long time." We open the film this Friday at the Royal and expand March 8 to the Town Center and March 15 to the Laemmle Glendale.From a piece about Shayda last year in The Guardian:When Noora Niasari was

Next Wednesday the 6th we'll be screening Robot Dreams at four of our seven theaters, offering a chance to see this lovely Academy Award-nominated animated feature on a big screen with an audience before the Oscars. The adventures of Dog and Robot in New York City during the 1980s is appropriate for all but the very young.Director Pablo Berger’s Decalogue:ROBOT DREAMS is a reflection on friendship. It’s importance and its fragility. The passing of time, loss but also about overcoming it. Why do we constantly put our relationships in danger? ROBOT DREAMS is an animated film. With ROBOT DREAMS I wanted to explore the infinite narrative possibilities

We host filmmaker Q&As all the time but we may set a record this week, we have so many. Come participate! Just don't say, "my question is more of a comment, really."*Thursday, 2/22: Io Capitano writer/director Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah) will participate in a Q&A after the February 22 screening at the Royal. Los Angeles Times film critic Robert Abele will moderate.*Also: The Omicron Killer actors Paugh Shadow, Bai Ling, Felissa Rose, Kianna Skye and Tony Diaz will participate in a Q&A following the February 22 screening at the Monica Film Center. Richard Bernstein will moderate.*Also: Seagrass actress Ally Maki will participate in a Q&A after the