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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 [...]

CANCELLED: We regret to inform you that this Sunday's Laemmle Live concert featuring Samohi Chamber Orchestra has been cancelled. This is in line with the school's decision to cancel other large public gatherings. We appreciate your understanding of the situation. LAEMMLE LIVE proudly welcomes back our hometown band - Samohi Chamber Orchestra. Orchestra Directors are Joni Swenson and Jason Aiello. Santa Monica High School, fondly referred to as Samohi, is a large urban public high school. Founded in 1891, Samohi has an enrollment of 3,000 diverse students and is situated on a twenty-six acre campus just a short walk from the Pacific Ocean. The [...]

RSVP ON EVENTBRITE This is a Free Event LAEMMLE LIVE puts a fresh spin on chamber music this month and proudly introduces Mixtape Quartet. Mixtape Series draws inspiration from how friends share music. We curate our favorite musical moments to share a feeling. And to tell a story. We love the nostalgic and intimate quality of personalized cassettes. And we value the abundant diversity of music available on today's streaming platforms. Mixtape combines the best of both. But Pandora and Spotify are no match for human instinct. Our handcrafted playlists connect pieces in ways no algorithm could hope to think up! We seamlessly thread together [...]

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 [...]

RSVP ON EVENTBRITE This is a Free Event LAEMMLE LIVE proudly launches its fourth season with the musicians of Kaleidoscope. Beloved radio host Rich Capparela returns to host our popular Sunday morning concert series. The critically acclaimed local conductorless chamber orchestra is dedicated to enriching lives through exhilarating concert experiences, artistic excellence, musician leadership, and connecting with the diverse communities of Los Angeles. They envision a world where commitment to collaborative artistic process results in profound orchestral performances that inspire people to pursue cooperation and artistry in their own creative, [...]

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 LIVE proudly ushers in the 2019 holiday season with the new American Youth Symphony Brass Ensemble, performing classical and holiday melodies. Beloved radio host Rich Capparela returns to host the festivities.Forrest Johnston, trumpetTyler Norris, trumpetValerie Ankeney, french hornMichael Dolin, tromboneErrol Rhoden, tubaFounded in 1964 by renowned conductor Mehli Mehta, the American Youth Symphony inspires the future of classical music by training the next generation of professional musicians and building new audiences for orchestral music. AYS presents ambitious seasons that feature thoughtful programming of exceptionally high quality, [...]

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. [...]

RSVP ON EVENTBRITE This is a Free Event LAEMMLE LIVE proudly presents talented faculty members from Santa Monica-based Elemental Music, performing Rondo from Duo 2 - Opus 81 by Friedrich Kuhlaum, Sao Paulo Shimmer by Jonathan Cohen and Mozart Clarinet Quintet K. 581. Beloved radio host Rich Capparela returns to hostSince 2004, Elemental Music has provided over 2,000 young musicians with high-quality music education experiences. Elemental Music envisions a community where youth are inspired and empowered through quality music education. Students study with expert teachers to hone their musical technique while learning the art of collaboration and [...]

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), [...]