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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 [...]

On April 26 we'll open Jeff Lipsky's new film The Last , a powerful drama about the survivors of four generations of a Jewish family who are shaken to the core when the family’s beloved 92-year-old matriarch makes a stunning confession. Mr. Lipsky recently sat for an interview about the movie. (Warning, it contains spoilers below the first photo.)Q. Describe the origin of this particular story. What was the inspiration, what was the catalyst, and what point did you decide that this was the next film you were going to write, and where did the idea come from?A. Initially I’d written a movie called Abigail’s Surrender that I thought was going to be m [...]

TIME STANDS STILL Q&A with star Sandor Soeth following the 7:30 pm show on Thursday, 4/25. [...]

THE LAST writer/director Jeffrey Lipsky and star Rebecca Schull will participate in Q&A's following the 4 pm and 7:10 pm shows on Friday, 4/26 at the Royal and after the 4 pm and 7 pm shows on Saturday, 4/27 at the Town Center. [...]

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 Fra [...]

WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY? director Roberta Grossman will participate in a Q&A following the 1pm show on Thursday, 5/2. [...]

Swing, samba or shimmy on over to Art in the Arthouse's newest exhibit in Pasadena, DANCING WITH COLORS. This bold festival of color from artists Nancy R. Wise and Raymond Logan runs till June, 2019. Sales benefit the Laemmle Foundation and its support of humanitarian and environmental causes in the Los Angeles region. About the Exhibit NANCY R. WISE: Oil painter Nancy R. Wise is enchanted by color. She views her art as daily reality transformed by color and texture, woven on the loom of light. She states, “I love the vibrancy of bright colors, thick impasto-like textures against thin washes and strong forms to communicate an experience of a subje [...]

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present this month’s installment of our Anniversary Classics Abroad program. In keeping with the start of spring, we commemorate Francois Truffaut’s evergreen feature film debut, THE 400 BLOWS , which earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Original Screenplay of 1959. Truffaut’s autobiographical picture, drawn from events in his own childhood, helped to introduce American audiences to the French New Wave. Truffaut had started as a critic for Cahiers du Cinema along with fellow aspiring directors Jean-Luc Godard, Eric Rohmer and Claude Chabrol. When he unveiled his first feature, he dedicated [...]

JOSEPH PULITZER: VOICE OF THE PEOPLE filmmaker Oren Rudavsky will participate in Q&A's following the 7:40 pm show Friday, 3/8 and Saturday, 3/9 at the Music Hall, after the 4:20 pm show on Saturday, 3/9 and Sunday, 3/10 at the Playhouse and after the 7:30 pm show on Sunday, 3/10 at the Town Center. [...]

THE LAST RESORT director Kareem Tabsch will participate in a Q&A moderated by Gerri Miller of The Jewish Journal following the 7:30 pm show on Friday, 3/1. [...]

With great pride, ART IN THE ARTHOUSE welcomes back artist HUNG VIET NGUYEN and his gorgeous new show, PLACES. The show will run at the Royal till May, 2019. Sales benefit the Laemmle Foundation and its support of humanitarian and environmental causes in Los Angeles. About the exhibit Born in Vietnam in 1957, Hung Viet Nguyen studied biology at the Science University in Saigon. After relocating to the U.S. in 1982, Nguyen found work as an illustrator, graphic artist and designer. He developed his artistic skills carefully studying a variety of traditional Eastern and Western forms, media and techniques. His complex, labor intensive use of oil pain [...]

In celebration of Black History Month, Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Abroad Series present 60th anniversary screenings of BLACK ORPHEUS on February 20. This retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice story in Greek mythology is set in twentieth-century Rio de Janeiro during Carnival. Writer-director Marcel Camus' film hit the double jackpot for foreign-language films, winning both the Palme d’Or at Cannes and the Academy Award as the year’s best foreign film. Based on the play “Orfeu da Conceicao” by Vinicius de Moraes with a screenplay by Camus and Jacques Viot, BLACK ORPHEUS takes place in the working class slums (favela) of Rio. Orfe [...]

With the 91st Academy Awards right around the corner, it’s time for our annual Predict the Oscars Contest! The person who most accurately predicts the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s choices in all 24 categories, from the shorts to Best Picture, will win fabulous prizes (free movies and concessions at Laemmle)!First place wins a Laemmle Premiere Card worth $150. Second place wins a Laemmle Premiere Card worth $100. Third place wins a Laemmle Premiere Card worth $50. Entries are due by 10AM the morning of the awards ceremony on February 24th. Not sure what a Laemmle Premiere Card is? Think of it like a prepaid gift card for yourself! U [...]

Check out our brand spanking new art show in Santa Monica! Laemmle's Art in the Arthouse proudly presents Francisco Alvarado: Underpinnings of a Digital Landscape. The show will run at the Monica Film Center till May, 2019. Sales benefit the Laemmle Foundation and its support of humanitarian and environmental causes in Los Angeles. About the Exhibit Ecuadorian artist FRANCISCO ALVARADO creates landscapes, foliage and gardens of flat color cut-outs. Raised near fields of beautiful South American farmland, butted against cooled lava pits, the artist recalls his childhood with paint and renders them with joy and animated vision. Alvarado alchemizes b [...]

We are beginning the fifth year of our Anniversary Classics and Anniversary Classics Abroad series -- our first three films back in 2015 were Exodus , Getting Straight and Where's Poppa? -- and got 2019 off to a strong start this week with Fellini's Amarcord . Here's what we have planning for the coming months: We'll screen Black Orpheus on February 20 at the Playhouse, Royal and Town Center. Winner of both the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and the Palme d’Or at Canne, Marcel Camus’ film brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the twentieth-century madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. With its eye-popping photography and ravi [...]

RS VP USING EVENTBRITE This is a Free Event! Coffee, Cantatas, and Conversation! Please join us Sunday, September 10 when LAEMMLE LIVE welcomes Los Angeles Baroque for a FREE chamber music concert. The baroque ensemble's Westside debut will feature Bach's Brandenburg Concerto 6 and a mini comic opera, A Coffee Cantata, in a new (and very funny) translation by Hugh Macdonald. Directed by Lindsey Strand-Polyak and Alexa Haynes-Pilon, Los Angeles Baroque (LAB) was founded in 2016. LAB enables dedicated professional, student and community musicians from greater Los Angeles to explore repertoire, learn Baroque playing style and perform. The group encou [...]

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present the latest installment in our Anniversary Classics Abroad series , Louis Malle’s irreverent and often uproarious comedy, MURMUR OF THE HEART , which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay of 1972. During the course of his career, Malle proved himself one of the most astonishingly versatile of all international directors. His movies ran the gamut from the influential French noir, Elevator to the Gallows to the sexually daring drama, The Lovers, which was charged with obscenity and eventually cleared by the United States Supreme Court; the dark screwball comedy, Zazie dans [...]

RSVP USING EVENTBRITE This is a Free Event It doesn't get much better than this! Sunday, August 13 LAEMMLE LIVE welcomes McCabes Guitar Shop for a free pop-up celebration of all things guitar, banjo, ukulele and harmonica. McCabe's renowned teachers and students share their musical wit and wisdom with lively performances and demos. Hosted by Head of Music School Denny Croy at the Monica Film Center. It began in 1958. Furniture designer Gerald McCabe repaired guitars for his folk-singer wife’s musician friends who had no local music store. Gerald and his friend Ed Kahn decided to open a small music shop on Pico Blvd in Santa Monica. They began repa [...]

Don't be surprised if you see Greg Laemmle and 100+ other cyclists clip-clopping through a theater lobby this Sunday. They're just rehydrating and taking a well-deserved break in the middle of their epic 135-mile bicycle tour of all eight Laemmle venues! Our Fourth Annual Tour de Laemmle starts bright and early this Sunday, July 23rd. Participants leave the Monica Film Center in Santa Monica at 7:00AM before making their way to Beverly Hills, Claremont, Pasadena, Glendale, NoHo, Encino, West LA, and back to Santa Monica. You can follow along from the comfort of your chair by visiting where riders will share their Instagram [...]

For this month’s screening in our Anniversary Classics Abroad program, Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present a 25th anniversary screening of the Oscar-winning French film, INDOCHINE . This sweeping epic about France’s troubled history in Southeast Asia was named best foreign language film of 1992, and Catherine Deneuve received an Oscar nomination (her only one) for her portrayal of a wealthy landowner who adopts a Vietnamese orphan. TIME Magazine’s Richard Corliss wrote, “INDOCHINE sprawls and enthralls. It has the breadth and intelligence of the David Lean epics,” and he added, “In Catherine Deneuve, INDOCHINE has a star o [...]