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Much has happened since we posted notice of our closure on March 16. To get you up to speed, check out the links below . They include several messages from Greg Laemmle during the last couple of weeks.The big headline is that we've launched a new video-on-demand service – Laemmle's Virtual Cinema – in conjunction with our distributors. Since we can't go out to the movies, this will allow us to watch Laemmle films while we stay in!This is a particularly challenging time as we fight to preserve our 82-year legacy. You can help keep Laemmle strong. Here's how: 1. Watch movies online. To see what's playing, join our mailing list and bookmark the [...]

[ JUMP TO FILMS ]Dear Laemmle Fans,As we enter the third week of CoronaClosure, I again want to thank you for your show of support. You are amazing! If you can, please continue buying Premiere Cards and Gift Cards .In this email, we are adding four new titles to the LVC program. And Then We Danced is a terrific film from Georgia, perhaps my favorite film that opened in the first part of this year. We are also adding Balloon and The Wild Goose Lake , two well reviewed films that had the misfortune of opening on Friday, March 13, and were not able to play for even a full week in theatres. Finally, we are adding Perfect Nanny , a film that has not [...]

[ JUMP TO FILMS ]Dear Laemmle Fans,I know I just contacted you a couple days ago about the launch of the Laemmle Virtual Cinema program, but we've got a number of excited distributors who wanted to share some additional films. And since many of you are looking for stuff to do while sheltering in place, I figured another message wouldn’t hurt.We’ve also created a page to answer any questions you may have about Laemmle Virtual Cinema. If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out via our company email , or to submit a comment via our website . I can't promise we will be able to answer all your questions directly, but your feedback [...]

Dear Laemmle Fans,As an exhibitor, I'm supposed to hate VOD (video on demand), seeing it as an enemy out to destroy my family's 80+ year old business. However, I believe that people will always love going to the movie theatre, and that they recognize movie-going as the best way to appreciate what the filmmaker has created.But right now, going to the movie theatre isn't an option. We all know why this is the case, and we're just going to have to accept it until we can get through this crisis. These unprecedented times call for new alliances. So in partnership with a number of our indie distributors, we are launching the "Laemmle Virtual Cinema" [...]

A letter from Greg Laemmle about the closing of the theaters sent on March 20. ........................................................ Dear Laemmle Fans,My family has been in this business in Los Angeles since 1938. I've been doing my job for over 30 years. During that time, we've had fires, earthquakes, a couple very serious instances of civic unrest, a major terrorist attack on our country, and countless other threats and instances of adversity. But even when curfews curtailed our hours of operation, we managed to be open and showing movies. Even if most people didn't want to get out, there were always those who found solace and escape in [...]

Dear Laemmle Family,In accord with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s executive order and in efforts to “flatten the curve,” we have temporarily closed all of our venues including those in municipalities not covered by the Mayor's order.We will contact ticket holders via email with refund instructions for tickets purchased in advance.We appreciate your patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation.Visit laemmle.com for updates.Please take care of yourselves and those most at risk. Hope to see you soon.– Team Laemmle [...]

This Friday Laemmle's Glendale, Santa Monica, North Hollywood and Pasadena venues will open THE WILD GOOSE LAKE , acclaimed director Diao Yinan's eagerly anticipated follow-up to his 2014 Berlinale winning neo-noir BLACK COAL, THIN ICE. Toppling box office records in Diao’s native China, the film “cements his status as a master filmmaker with another ingenious crime epic” (Little White Lies).When smalltime mob leader Zhou Zenong (Chinese superstar Hu Ge) accidentally kills a cop, a dead-or-alive bounty is placed on his head, forcing him on the lam from both the police as well as dangerous gangsters out for the reward. Hiding out in China’s densely [...]

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present this month’s film in our popular Anniversary Classics Abroad program: Regis Wargnier’s compelling and increasingly timely thriller, East/West . Wargnier had won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for his earlier historical epic, Indochine . The Oscar-nominated star of that movie, Catherine Deneuve, collaborated with him again in another fascinating historical drama with an exotic backdrop.Inspired by true events, East/West tells a story of Russian émigrés living in Paris who were lured back to the Soviet Union after the end of World War II. Russian dictator Josef Stalin [...]

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series invite you to celebrate the publication of Stephen Farber and Michael McClellan’s new book, Cinema ’62: The Greatest Year at the Movies , with screenings of one of the most memorable movies from 1962, John Frankenheimer’s The Manchurian Candidate .The film will be shown on March 26 at the Playhouse in Pasadena (co-sponsored by Vroman’s Bookstore) and on April 1 at the Royal in West L.A. The authors will introduce both screenings and will sell and sign their book before and after the screenings. Special guests may appear at these screenings. The Manchurian Candidate was a hit in 1962 and remains [...]

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present Jean-Luc Godard’s cult favorite from 1965, the sci-fi neo-noir satire, Alphaville . This screening is part of our popular Anniversary Classics Abroad program; this is our first tribute to the controversial but always provocative French auteur, one of the founders of the French New Wave and still something of an enfant terrible at the age of 89. Our screening is dedicated to the memory of the incandescent star of the film, Anna Karina, who was married to Godard during the 60s and starred in many of his most popular and influential movies, including A Woman Is A Woman , Band of Outsiders , [...]

Now is the time to enjoy fantastic films from around the world. All five of the Oscar-nominated documentary features -- THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY , THE CAVE , FOR SAMA , AMERICAN FACTORY and HONEYLAND are in theaters now, before the awards show on February 9. Four of the five Oscar nominees for Best International Feature -- LES MISÉRABLES , PAIN AND GLORY , PARASITE and HONEYLAND (deservedly, it's nominated twice!) are now in theaters.We hope to open the Polish drama CORPUS CHRISTI , the fifth foreign film nominee and the dark horse in the race, on March 6 at the Monica Film Center, Playhouse and Town Center. The film is about 20-year-old Daniel, who [...]

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series launch 2020 and the new decade with the 50th anniversary of the American release of FELLINI SATYRICON , the first installment of our monthly Abroad program. The provocative adaptation of Petronius's Satyricon, written in the first century AD during the reign of Nero in imperial Rome, is our fourth presentation of the films of Federico Fellini, one of the most acclaimed filmmakers in the history of cinema. Fellini garnered the third of four directing Oscar nominations for this effort; the Anniversary Classics Series has now showcased all of these nominated films, including La Dolce Vita, 8 ½, and [...]

We are thrilled to announce that beginning this weekend we will be screening all of the documentaries short-listed for the 2020 Oscars . Together the 15 films offer a breathtaking portrait of our world, from the micro -- the freelance Mexico City ambulance drivers of Midnight Family and the Macedonian beekeeper of Honeyland -- to macro -- the data theft crisis depicted in The Great Hack and the savage forced family planning of One Child Nation , all told with peak cinematic genius. The final five Oscar nominees will be announced January 13 and the 92nd annual Academy Awards ceremony is set for Sunday, February 9, but all of these documentaries are [...]

We are delighted to announce the first four films of 2020 in our Anniversary Classics Abroad series! A companion to our American repertory film series Anniversary Classics , our Abroad program screens great foreign films one Wednesday every month at three venues simultaneously: the Royal in West L.A., the Glendale , and the Playhouse 7 in Pasadena. Laemmle patrons with a Premiere Card save $3 on tickets and receive 20% food and drinks! Learn about the perks of our Premiere Card here . January 22: FELLINI SATYRICON Federico Fellini's surreal depictions of ancient Rome is loosely based on Petronius's Satyricon, written during the reign of the Nero [...]

Begin the new year and the new decade by taking in some of the esoteric cinema of our Culture Vulture series, now entering its seventh year.January 13 & 14 ~ THE PRADO MUSEUM: A COLLECTION OF WONDERS celebrates the 200th anniversary of the storied Prado Museum -- one of the most-visited museums in the world. Hosted by Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons, this cinematic journey offers viewers a spell-binding experience, telling the story of Spain and beyond, through the works of Vélazquez, Rubens, Titian, Mantegna, Bosch, Goya, El Greco, and more. AFTERWARD January 20 & 21 ~ Jerusalem-born trauma expert Ofra [...]

UPDATE! We're pleased to announce our Fiddler Hosts for 2019! Click here for bios. ( skip to main article ) Town Center 5 Stephen Sass (4:30pm) - of the Jewish Historical Society of Southern CA - BUY TIX Cantor Mike Stein (7:30pm) - NEW! - singer, fiddler, and Grammy winning artist - BUY TIX NoHo 7 Cantor Aviva Rosenbloom - Jewish songwriter and woman cantor pioneer - BUY TIX Royal Isaac Wade - accomplished thespian and Laemmle General Manager - BUY TIX The Fine Arts Theatre Kenny Ellis (7:30pm) - entertainer, comedian, singer of Hanukah Swings! - BUY TIX Playhouse Judy Sofer - of Jewish Federation of the San Gabriel and Pamona Valleys - BUY TIX [...]

Listen up Laemmle-ites!For a limited time, receive $1 off concessions for EACH ticket you buy on Lammle.com . We know, "unthinkable!" But we made it happen. Here's the scoop: • Good at all Laemmle locations EXCEPT the Fine Arts .• No menu restrictions - good for ANY concession item! "Even booze?" you ask. "Yes, indeed!" we reply.• Not valid for merchandise.• You can only use savings for ONE purchase, in-person, during the show you purchased tickets for.• You can't redeem it for cash. Meaning, there's no money back if the price of your order comes in below the value of your discount. (But hey, if that does happen, you'll get your entire order [...]

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present this month’s installment in our popular Anniversary Classics Abroad program: a landmark in the Italian neorealist movement and a special Academy Award winner in 1949, Vittorio De Sica’s THE BICYCLE THIEF .De Sica and screenwriter Cesare Zavattini, another of the key figures in this new wave of filmmaking, worked together several times over the course of their careers, on such films as Shoeshine, Umberto D, Miracle in Milan, Two Women, Boccaccio ’70, and the director’s final film, A Brief Vacation. One of the hallmarks of the neorealist movement was to shoot on the streets of postwar [...]

Laemmle Theatres and the Culture Vulture series present GOING ATTRACTIONS: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace , a tribute to the spectacular monuments created as temples for the enjoyment of movies. The film’s L.A. run kicks off Thursday, October 24 with the world theatrical premiere at the historic Ahrya Fine Arts , followed by a discussion with filmmaker April Wright and subject Escott O. Norton, executive director of the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation. Several of the film's other subjects will be in attendance as well! Other countries built palaces for royalty. In the United States, we built them to watch movies. Following the [...]

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present our Anniversary Classics Abroad program for October: Louis Malle’s LACOMBE LUCIEN , nominated for Best Foreign Language Film of 1974. The film was one of the movies, following Marcel Ophuls’ monumental documentary 'The Sorrow and the Pity,' that scrutinized French collaboration with the Nazis during World War II.Malle’s movie tells a fictional but provocative story, written by the director and novelist Patrick Modiano, about a teenage boy who savors the power he accrues when he joins the Gestapo during the final months of the war. LACOMBE LUCIEN takes place in 1944, after the Allies have [...]