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On August 5 we lost one of our most brilliant writers and thinkers, Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Toni Morrison. As it happens, an acclaimed biographical documentary, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am , came out this summer and in light of her passing Laemmle Theatres will return the film to theaters starting Friday at the Music Hall in Beverly Hills and Saturday at the Playhouse and Claremont . If you haven't yet seen it, please consider doing so. Writing in the New York Times , A.O. Scott said " The Pieces I Am offers something else, as a dividend yielded by [Morrison's] achievements and her years on the earth: the profound pleasure of [...]

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present this month’s installment in our Anniversary Classics Abroad program: one of the most popular and entertaining foreign films of the 1960s, Philippe de Broca’s action romp, THAT MAN FROM RIO . De Broca, the director of intimate, character-driven films like The Five-Day Lover , shifted gears with this bigger-budget comic thriller. Two top stars of French cinema, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Francoise Dorleac (the sister of Catherine Deneuve who died tragically in an auto accident just three years later), added to the film’s allure. The action begins when Dorleac is kidnapped as part of a museum [...]

Take a trip to Spain this summer and see Bosch, Sorolla and Murillo on the big screen as part of our Culture Vulture series at the Claremont , Playhouse , Royal , and Town Center . MURILLO: THE LAST JOURNEY is more than a documentary about one of the greatest geniuses of fine art. It provides a view at the history of the Spanish empire at its height from the perspective of one of Murillo’s most iconic paintings: The Young Peddler . The painting travels from Seville to Paris as world-renowned specialists flesh out the exquisite aesthetics of the painter's most sublime masterpieces. We'll screen this August 5 and 6. [...]

Art in the Arthouse presents a fascinating exploration of local cityscapes and nearby landscapes in our latest art show in North Hollywood. Don't miss photographer Gerard Burkhart's exhibit NOHO & SHIMMERING SKY, on display through November. All of the art is for sale and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Laemmle Foundation and its support of humanitarian and environmental causes in Los Angeles. About the Exhibit As a NoHo resident from 1999 to 2001, Photographer Gerard Burkhart viewed his neighborhood as his own personal Cuba – an island in the vast sea of Los Angeles untouched by a larger outside world, waiting to be opened. Years later, [...]

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present this month’s installment in our popular Anniversary Classics Abroad program, Ang Lee’s delectable 1994 comedy, EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN . Lee had directed two previous films that earned acclaim, but this 1994 film was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and propelled his career to a new level of esteem and success. Made in Taipei, the film centers on a widowed master chef, Mr. Chu (played by Sihung Lung), who has weekly feasts for his three unmarried daughters (Kuei-Mei Yang, Chien-Lien Wu, Yu-Wen Wang), during which he tries to oversee their personal lives along with their [...]

BLUE NOTE RECORDS: BEYOND THE NOTES Q&A with director Sophie Huber following the 10:40 am show on Saturday, 7/13 and Sunday, 7/14. [...]

ART IN THE ARTHOUSE proudly presents COLOR, LANGUAGE, TEXTURE & TONE featuring works by Joyce Elias and Bea Husman in Glendale. The art is for sale and on display till October 2019. Sales benefit the Laemmle Foundation and its support of humanitarian and environmental causes in Los Angeles. Stop by our gallery - no need to buy a movie ticket to view. About the exhibit JOYCE ELIAS: Living near Lake Michigan in an area known for sultry skies and dreary days, one might expect Joyce Elias to express her work in various shades of gray. Most mornings, Elias travels to the edge of that lake and photographs the waters and moody heavens that surround it. [...]

Laemmle's Art in the Arthouse proudly presents THE PASADENA ART SHOW 2019. Please join us as we celebrate our local artists in an intimate theatre setting. Our special event features a slideshow on the big screen, artist talks, and of course refreshments. Meet the artists and stay for the bagels, mimosas and conversation Art in the Arthouse is known for. Sales benefit the Laemmle Foundation and its support of humanitarian and environmental causes in the Los Angeles region. About the Exhibit Our annual community exhibit is a powerful collective voice emerging from individual expression - celebrating art-making through a communal creative vibration. [...]

THE SPY BEHIND HOME PLATE Jonathan Blank (interviewee in The Spy Behind Home Plate and director of the Jewish Baseball Western Wall of Fame) will intro the 10:30 am show and participate in a Q&A following the show on Saturday, 6/15. [...]

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present screenings of the milestone Oscar-nominated French comedy, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES , as part of the Anniversary Classics Abroad program. The screenings mark the 40th anniversary of the American release in 1979, as well as noting LGBTQ Pride Month, and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, based on a hit French stage farce by Jean Poiret, was adapted for the screen by Poiret, Francis Veber, Marcello Dano, and Edouard Molinaro, who also directed. The “birds of a feather” story concerns a gay couple in St. Tropez, Renato (played by the veteran Italian actor Ugo [...]

In late 19th century rural Vietnam, fourteen-year-old May is given away in an arranged marriage and becomes the third wife to her older husband. She learns that she can gain status and security if she gives birth to a male child and this becomes a real possibility when she gets pregnant. However, her path is fraught with danger when May develops an attraction for Xuan, the second wife. As May observes the unfolding tragedy of forbidden love and its devastating consequences, she must make a choice: to either carry on in silence and safety, or forge a way towards personal freedom.Ash Mayfair's debut feature signals the emergence of a young female [...]

GO FOR BROKE: AN ORIGIN STORY filmmaker Stacey Hayashi will participate in Q&A's on the following schedule: Monica Film Center 5/3, 5/4, 5/5 after 1pm, 3:15pm, 5:30pm, and 7:50pm screenings; at the Playhouse 5/10, 5/11, 5/12 after the 1pm, 3:15pm, 5:30pm, and 7:50pm screenings. [...]

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present this month’s installment in our Anniversary Classics Abroad program: one of the most revered of all foreign films, Ingmar Bergman’s WILD STRAWBERRIES . Indeed, Leonard Maltin hailed the film as “Still a staple of any serious filmgoer’s education,” and he added, “Superb use of flashbacks and brilliant performance by (Victor) Sjostrom make this Bergman classic an emotional powerhouse.” It was nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay of 1959 and also earned the top prize, the Golden Bear, at the Berlin Film Festival. Sjostrom, a revered Swedish actor and also an acclaimed [...]

WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY writer-director Madeleine Olnek will participate in a Q&A after the 3:20 PM screening at the Playhouse on Saturday, April 20. [...]

HESBURGH Q&A's with director Patrick Creadon following the 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm shows on Saturday, 5/4 at the Fine Arts. Producer Christine O'MAlley will Q&A after the 7:20 pm show on Friday, 5/3 at the Playhouse 7. [...]

The warmth and wit of celebrated playwright turned auteur Marcel Pagnol ( The Marseille Trilogy ) shines through in the enchanting slice-of-life comedy The Baker's Wife (1938). Returning once again to the Provençal countryside he knew intimately, Pagnol draws a vivid portrait of a close-knit village where the marital woes of a sweetly deluded baker (the inimitable Raimu, heralded by no less than Orson Welles as “the greatest actor who ever lived”) snowball into a scandal that engulfs the entire town. Marrying the director’s abiding concern for the experiences of ordinary people with an understated but superbly judged visual style, The Baker’s Wife [...]

Laemmle Theatres proudly presents LAEMMLE LIVE PASADENA, inspired by Laemmle’s popular concert series in Santa Monica. Laemmle Live showcases emerging musicians and professional performers from local schools and organizations, celebrating our diverse community with live performance. Laemmle Live Pasadena's free Sunday morning concerts take place in the courtyard between Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 and Vroman’s Bookstore from 11am to 12pm. A light reception will follow the concert.This Sunday morning concert features the Caesura Youth Orchestra . Based in Glendale, California, the program provides music education, group lessons and free instruments to [...]

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present screenings of the raucous comedy, THE MAD ADVENTURES OF RABBI JACOB , on the 45th anniversary of its US release as part of the popular monthly Abroad program. The French farce, directed by Gerard Oury, will screen April 17 at three Laemmle venues: Royal, Town Center, and Playhouse. This madcap movie draws upon time-honored comedy tropes of frantic disguises and mistaken identities. The story, written by Oury, Daniele Thomsom, Josy Eisenberg, and Roberto de Leonardis, involves the return of beloved Rabbi Jacob (Marcel Dalio) from the United States after thirty years to his hometown in [...]

BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY director Dava Whisenant will participate in Q&A's following the 10:30 am shows on Saturday, 4/6 and Sunday, 4/7 and after the 7:30 pm show on Sunday. [...]

THE BIKES OF WRATH director Cameron Ford will participate in Q&A's after the 7:30 pm screenings at the following locations and dates:Monica Film Center on Apr 14thAhrya Fine Arts on Apr 15thPlayhouse 7 on Apr 16thGlendale on Apr 17thClaremont 5 on Apr 18th [...]