High culture at the movies, courtesy of Laemmle Theatres

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At the other end of the civilization spectrum from AFI Fest’s recent pepper-spray incident (ironic, isn’t it, that fisticuffs broke out at a screening of a new bio-pic about British painter William Turner), is the marvelous roll-out, now in its third month, of Laemmle Theatre’s “Culture Vulture Mondays.”

The series is just one way that the civically and community-minded theater exhibitors are actively working to maintain and upgrade the shared movie-viewing experience for their public. [A similar cultural enhancement is “Free Popcorn Thursdays.]

Laemmle picks the best from the worlds of ballet, opera, stage, and fine art to feature on the big screen Mondays at 7:30pm at every Laemmle location. (Discounted encore presentations run Tuesdays, 1pm.)

Nov 24/25 I due Foscari Opera Royal Opera House
Dec 01/02 Manon Ballet Royal Ballet
Dec 08/09 The Vatican Museum Exhibition The Vatican
Dec 15/16 The Nutcracker Ballet Vienna State Opera House
Dec 22/23 L’elisir d’Amore Opera Royal Opera House
Dec 05/06 Il Trovatore Opera Berlin Staatsoper
Jan 12/13 A Midsummer Night’s Dream Stage Globe
Jan 19/20 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Ballet Royal Ballet
Jan 26/27 Hermitage Revealed Exhibition The Hermitage
Feb 02/03 La Forza del Destino Opera National Theatre Munich

The Laemmles continues to add dimension to the theater-going experience in other creative ways. We wish to recommend an in-lobby art exhibit, part of the theater chain’s “Art in the Art House” program overseen by Marc Horowitz and curated by arts·meme friend Joshua Elias. The mission of this alternative gallery concept “reclaims” wall space throughout theaters for the display of fine art, introducing notable and emerging L.A. based visual artists and their work. Through year-end, hanging on Laemmle Playhouse 7 walls is “Mappings,” the works of Chinese-born artist Xi Hou, who subtitles her show, A Dynamic Abstract Language Maps Our World.

xi-hou paintingXi Hou, “Today No Rain” acrylic on canvas 16″x20″  2014

 

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