Glancing through the roster of the Last Remaining Seats (LRC) for the summer of seventeen, I was struck by a better-than-usual selection of flickers and programs. The first three offerings, all in the first half of June, beg attention.
The massively popular summer screening series (ahem, hosting the LRS screening of West Side Story in 2014 was such a kick) tours vintage theaters of the city. It pairs movie–going with great nostalgia for bygone movie ‘palace’ days. And there is usually a fun accompanying program to boot.
Wednesday, June 7, 8 p.m.
Million Dollar Theatre, downtown L.A. Signature cocktails will be available in the lobby.
Dana Andrews stars as police detective Mark McPherson, on the case to solve the murder of advertising executive Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney). As he questions Laura’s friends and relatives and reads her private diary, McPherson begins to fall in love with her. Laura’s best friend Waldo (Clifton Webb), an egocentric writer, and her playboy fiancée, Shelby (Vincent Price), are prime suspects in her murder.
|20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
Saturday, June 10, 2 p.m.
Warner Grand Theatre So much fun, a family matinee, in San Pedro.
The year is 1868, and sailing ships are mysteriously disappearing in the South Seas. Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre, and Kirk Douglas star as the leaders of an expedition sent to investigate the “sea monster” responsible for the shipwrecks. When their ship is attacked, the three heroes are rescued/captured by Captain Nemo (James Mason), who takes them “20,000 leagues under the sea” and reveals to them the secrets of the “sea monster.”
|On the Waterfront (1954)
Saturday, June 10, 8 p.m.
Warner Grand Theatre, San Pedro
Again, San Pedro.
Marlon Brando stars as ex-prize fighter turned dockworker Terry Malloy, who battles union corruption and violence on the waterfront of Hoboken, New Jersey. In one of the film’s most iconic scenes, Terry looks back on his former life as a boxer and a fight he deliberately lost to make money. On the Waterfront won an Academy Award for Best Motion Picture and a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama. Marlon Brando earned both an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Actor. The film marks the screen debut of Eva Marie Saint, who earned an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Last Remaining Seats | all thru June