If New Yorkers have Film Forum and the Parisians have the Cinémathèque Française, so too do the people of Los Angeles have their beloved, seedy New Beverly Cinema. Famous for midnight screenings, double features, running 35mm prints, and hosting festivals that are more John Hughes or Russ Meyer than Francois Truffaut or Stan Brakhage, the movie palace was under threat recently due to landlord squabbles, the death of one of the longtime owners, and the general dip in box-office returns due to DVD sales. But the patron saint of genre-obsessed b-movie lovers, Quentin Tarantino, has stepped to the fore, extending his ongoing financial support of the theater by buying it outright. Said Tarantino, who will now have programming input but will leave control in the hands of the deceased owner’s family, “As long as I’m alive, and as long as I’m rich, the New Beverly will be there, showing double features in 35mm.” It’s an even happier ending than the final reel of “Inglourious Basterds”.
“Quentin Tarantino Saves The New Beverly Theater” (Cinematical)
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The New Beverly Cinema
7165 West Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
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