I was a bit disappointed that it took me so long to check out the New Beverly movie theater. It’s an awesome gem in Los Angeles for cinephiles. Personally, I knew about the place for years, but never went. It took a double-feature of Die Hard and Die Hard II on Christmas Eve to get me out there.
After having a completely classic movie experience with Patrick, we vowed to return. Shortly after 2018 began, the theater closed for renovations. That was in February of this year. Shoot forward to November, the theater announced that it would be reopening with a full month of films in December. They selection is quite impressive.
The kick-off December with Batman Returns, which most people forget is a Christmas movie. After that, the theater has its eclectic choice of films like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids, Dazed and Confused, The Untouchables, Goodfellas, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Some of the films we discussed on The Extended Play Movie Podcast.
Check out the full month schedule here.
If you are more into the classic Christmas fare, they have some classic. Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Silent Night, Deadly Night, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Scrooged, and Die Hard on Christmas Eve. For something wholesome on Christmas Day, there is the Laurel and Hardy classic, March of the Wooden Soldier followed with the Marx Brothers Horse Feathers.
It was formed in 1978 from a shuttered adult theater. Quentin Tarantino is the owner and head programmer for the theater. All the films are shown in their 35mm glory. “I want the New Beverly to be a bastion for 35mm films,” Tarantino states. “I want it to stand for something. When you see a film on the New Beverly calendar, you don’t have to ask whether it’s going to be shown in DCP or in 35mm. You know it’s playing in 35 because it’s the New Beverly.”