Going 14 months without the experience of watching a movie in a darkened theater was agony for serious cinephiles. Multiplexes have been back in business, but some of the city’s smaller cinemas have taken a little longer to reemerge from their long pandemic slumber. Here’s a roundup of local favorites that are preparing to open their doors, some that have already reopened, and those we’re waiting on to announce their return.
Reopening date: June 10
American Cinematheque announced that its Santa Monica theater will reopen on June 10 with an advance screening of In the Heights, followed by Edgar Wright’s The Sparks Brothers on June 14. Other June screenings include: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Lawrence of Arabia, The Master, and more. 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica.
Reopening date: Late July
With the Egyptian closed through 2022 for renovations, American Cinematheque announced it’s partnered with Los Feliz 3 to start hosting screenings, Q&As, and more seven days a week beginning in late July. “I’ve been a member of the Cinematheque for a long time and I’m glad I can help support their mission by providing a home for the American Cinematheque’s programming at the Los Feliz,” Vintage Cinemas CEO Lance Alspaugh said in a press release. 1822 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz.
Reopening date: June 1
Quentin Tarantino’s beloved Beverly Boulevard single-screen repertory house is reopening with a pair of screenings of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, one on June 1 and the other on June 6. The rest of the theater’s June schedule will be announced soon. 7165 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax
Reopening date: May 28
Tickets are on sale now for the relaunch of this Texas import, which was open for less than a year when COVID-19 forced it to close in March 2020. New releases A Quiet Place Part II and Cruella are on the schedule, along with classics like They Live and Singin’ in the Rain. 700 W. 7th St., downtown.
Reopening date: May 21
Owned and operated by the Landmark chain of theaters, the Nuart in Sawtelle is returning on Friday with a trio of screenings of The Big Lebowski, followed by Blade Runner: The Final Cut and Chinatown on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., Sawtelle.
— Nuart Theatre (@NuartTheatre) May 15, 2021
Reopening date: May 27
For the past 14 months, the only way you could visit this classic theater in Westwood—owned by the Regency Theatres chain—is by watching it in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The cinema returns on May 27 with screenings of A Quiet Place Part II. 961 Broxton Ave., Westwood.
Reopening date: Late 2022
The Egyptian, which was recently purchased by Netflix but will continue to be programmed by American Cinematheque, is undergoing a much-needed remodel and is expected to relaunch sometime in late 2022. 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood.
Almost all of the family-owned chain’s theaters are open for business: Claremont 5, Monica Film Center, NoHo 7, Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the Royal in West L.A., the Town Center 5 in Encino, and a brand-spaking-new Newhall location. The lone holdout, the newish Glendale addition, opens on Friday, May 21. Various Locations.
The Wilshire Boulevard single-scree theater has screenings posted through July, among them Bridesmaids (June 6 and 9) and Jerry Maguire (June 20 and 24). 8556 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills.
Arena Cinelounge’s indoor theater in the heart of Hollywood is now open seven days a week. For those who aren’t quite ready to go back to the traditional movie theater experience, however, fret not: the drive-in theater will remain open, giving audiences the best of both worlds (or screens). 6464 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood.
Santa Ana’s the Frida Cinema has reopened in time for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Screenings in May include Wong Kar-wai’s Chungking Express and Oscar-winner Bong Joon-ho’s acclaimed Memories of Murder. Their pop-up drive-in is still taking place at Messhall in Tustin on select evenings. 305 E. 4th St. #100, Santa Ana.
Launched by three former Laemmle’s employees in 2019, this three-screen cinema has reopened in Beverly Hills with a slate full of new indies. 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills.
Operated by the Kim family since 1976, Gardena Cinema is the oldest vintage single-screen movie cinema in Southwest Los Angeles. Upcoming screenings include The Money Pit and The Jerk. 14948 Crenshaw Blvd., Gardena.
Opening Date TBD
Reopening date: TBD
Los Feliz 3’s history single-screen sister cinema the Vista has yet to release any opening info. 4473 Sunset Dr., Los Feliz.
Reopening date: TBD
The El Segundo landmark is well-known for hosting silent and sound films, but even more so for their musical accompaniment: the Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ. The theater recently posted an update to its website explains that while movie theaters have been given the green light to reopen, indoor live performance (i.e. pipe organ accompaniment) is still a no-go. 140 Richmond St., El Segundo.
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