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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 [...]

Joseph Losey's MR. KLEIN (1976), a long-unseen masterwork from the director of The Servant and Accident and writer Franco Solinas ( The Battle of Algiers ), starring Alain Delon, with a special appearance by Jeanne Moreau, opens Friday, October 11 at Laemmle's Playhouse/Pasadena, Royal/West L.A. and Town Center/Encino.MR. KLEIN was blacklisted American director Losey's first film in French, with a screenplay by Solinas and assistant director Fernando Morandi, and an uncredited Costa-Gavras ( Z ), who was originally to direct. In a full-length article in a recent issue of the New Yorker , critic Anthony Lane calls Rialto Picture's reissue of MR. [...]

Sex, drugs, power, and vice: welcome to the mid-2000s Italy of Silvio Berlusconi, the egomaniac billionaire Prime Minister who presides over an empire of scandal and corruption. Sergio (Riccardo Scamarcio) is an ambitious young hustler managing an escort service catering to the rich and powerful. Determined to move up in the world, Sergio sets his sights on the biggest client of all: Berlusconi (Toni Servillo), the disgraced, psychotically charming businessman and ex-PM currently plotting his political comeback. As Berlusconi attempts to bribe his way back to power, Sergio devises his own equally audacious scheme to win the mogul’s attention. [...]

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present a double dose of classic film noir in the popular Twofer program (two features for the price of one) with 75th anniversary screenings of DOUBLE INDEMNITY and LAURA , two of the most lauded films of 1944 and the entire noir canon. The double feature will screen at two Laemmle locations: Pasadena Playhouse on September 26 and Ahrya Fine Arts in Beverly Hills on September 28. DOUBLE INDEMNITY is writer – director Billy Wilder’s film adaptation (with co-scripter Raymond Chandler) of a crime novella by James M. Cain, a tawdry tale of an insurance salesman (Fred MacMurray) and duplicitous dame [...]

DESOLATION CENTER Q&A's after select showtimes: Monica Film Center - Saturday 9/14 at 7:40pm : Director Stuart Swezey, Cinematographer Sandra Valde-Hansen, and Co-Producer Mariska Leyssius. Moderated by Andrew Crane (American Cinematheque) Playhouse 7- Sunday 9/15 at 1:30pm : Director Stuart Swezey and a short reading by Elise Thompson (LA BEAT). [...]

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present the latest offering in their monthly Abroad program with 25th anniversary screenings of the American release (and Oscar winner) of the delightful Spanish comedy BELLE EPOQUE . The Academy Award winner for foreign-language film will play at three Laemmle locations: West Los Angeles, Glendale, and Pasadena on September 18. Starring Penelope Cruz (Oscar winner for Vicky Christina Barcelona) in only her second film, the period pastorale is set in 1931 with the beginning of the disruptive Spanish Civil War, chronicling the amorous adventures of a young Army deserter, Fernando (Jorge Sanz), [...]

Things being what they are, it's a pleasure and relief to watch a comedy and we've got a dandy opening this Friday, August 30 at the Monica Film Center, Playhouse and Town Center, the Milwaukee(!)-set Give Me Liberty . The brightest critics, people normally quite hesitant with their praise, absolutely sat up in their seats when they watched this movie. Look:Anthony Lane, New Yorker : "At once breakneck and tolerant, Give Me Liberty manages to be both rousingly Russian and touchingly all-American." Manohla Dargis, New York Times : "Completely, delightfully unpredictable from scene to scene, Give Me Liberty draws you in with its moving performances [...]

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, now extended through 2020. 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, [...]