Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater channels a 1940s diner when the American Cinematheque, the Art Deco Society, and the Library Foundation of Los Angeles team up for a screening of the Joan Crawford classic Mildred Pierce this Saturday. Fried chicken and lemon pie will be served up in the courtyard and To Live and Dine in Los Angeles author Josh Kun will use historic menus from the Los Angeles Public Library collection to tell the history of restaurants in Southern California with a focus on women and the art deco era. Chef Sherry Yard will also be on hand to discuss the history of pastries in the city. In the film Crawford plays a long-suffering waitress dealing with success, scandal, and a bratty kid. Before the film, you can pretend to be one of her customers, munching on fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and lemon meringue pie from Nickel Diner.
Photography Courtesy American Cinematheque