tbacktdayWe’ve joined forces with EAT|SEE|HEAR for a special THROWBACK THURSDAY film series with movies, music, and food trucks every Thursday night at one of our venues!

The current slate of films are hand-picked classics that are paired to upcoming major Hollywood releases.  Think 2001: A Space Odyssey vs. Terminator; Innerspace vs. Ant-Man; Raging Bull vs. Southpaw.

Not only do you get to see these gems on the big screen and listen to a curated music playlist while you wait, but you can also bring your gourmet Food Truck grub inside the theatre!  How cool is that?

The latest schedule is:

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
Thursday, July 2
@ NoHo 7
Food Truck Arrives 6:30pm
Film Begins 7:30pm
Why? For those who can’t get enough of killer machines, there’s TERMINATOR GENISYS. And then there’s the iconic Kubrick film that started it all. All we can say is ‘Do you read us H.A.L.? Open the theatre doors…’

Thursday, July 9
@ Royal
Food Truck Arrives 6:30pm
Film Begins 7:30pm
Why? Taking the kids to see Universal’s MINIONS? Consider adding a delicious French appetizer to the summer animation menu. When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters–an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire–to rescue him.


Thursday, July 16

@ Playhouse

Food Truck Arrives 6:30pm
Film Begins 7:30pm
Why? Paul Rudd’s ANT-MAN is the latest Marvel hero to save the universe, using the ability to shrink to the size of ant while gaining the proportional strength, but Dennis Quaid was there first. Martin Short plays a hapless store clerk who must foil criminals to save the life of a man (Quaid) who, miniaturized in a secret experiment, was accidentally injected into him. Winner of the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Directed by Joe Dante (GREMLINS).


Thursday, July 23

@ NoHo

Food Truck Arrives 6:30pm
Film Begins 7:30pm
Why? SOUTHPAW looks to be the latest good boxing movie, but there’s little doubt that the champion of the genre is Martin Scorcese’s RAGING BULL. The story of Jake LaMotta, a former middleweight boxing champion, whose violence and anger brought him success in the ring but destruction outside it. “Though RAGING BULL has only three principal characters, it is a big film, its territory being the landscape of the soul.” (Vincent Canby, New York Times)


Thursday, July 30

@ NoHo

Food Truck Arrives 6:30pm
Film Begins 7:30pm
Why? Sometimes “star-making turn” is not a cliché. In RISKY BUSINESS plays a Chicago teenager looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand. Before seeing the latest iteration of the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise, see where it all began.

Each night will feature a themed FOOD TRUCK for patrons to grab dinner and a movie! For instance, a truck serving French cuisine (frog legs) may accompany a screening of The Triplets of Belleville. All movie-goers (not just those attending Throwback Thursday) will be allowed to bring food truck items inside the venue.

With respect to the “Hear” aspect, patrons will relax inside the auditorium to playlists specifically curated for each event as they wait for the program to start. What’s more, on certain occasions, celebrities connected to the film will be on hand to make a special presentation or stay afterward for a Q&A.

Tickets and more info will be available at http:/

Tickets are $12 and may be purchased online at or at the theater. As with regular screenings, discounts are available for children, seniors, and Laemmle Premiere Card holders.

*Venues and movies subject to change – check or for possible updates to the schedule.

Typical Event Schedule
· 6:30pm – Food Truck Arrives
· 7:30pm – Movie begins

For more information about the #TBT series, guests are encouraged to visit the Eat|See|Hear website or Laemmle website as well as the Eat|See|Hear Facebook page, Twitter feed (@EatSeeHear) and Instagram for the latest updates.

REDISCOVER SAUTET July 24 – 30 at the Royal


Claude Sautet (1924-2000), who began his filmmaking career in the early 1950s assisting such directors as Georges Franju (Eyes Without a Face) and Jacques Becker (Touchez Pas Au Grisbi), first tasted success with the crime thriller Classe Tous Risques (1960), but was unfairly overlooked as the New Wave directors dominated French cinema.

Romy Schneider and Michel Piccoli in Claude Sautet’s LES CHOSES DE LA VIE (1970). Courtesy: Rialto Pictures / Studiocanal; Photo by Claude Mathieu
Romy Schneider and Michel Piccoli in Claude Sautet’s LES CHOSES DE LA VIE (1970). Courtesy: Rialto Pictures / Studiocanal; Photo by Claude Mathieu

After spending much of the 1960s as a screenwriter – and earning a reputation as a master “script doctor” – Sautet re-emerged as a director to watch. His collaborations with Austrian-born actress Romy Schneider, leading men Michel Piccoli and Yves Montand, screenwriter Jean-Loup Dabadie, and cinematographer Jean Boffety, yielded romantic, yet haunting films that embodied the privileges and struggles of the French bourgeoisie following the political upheavals of the 1960s. The series features three of his collaborations with Schneider – Les Choses De La Vie (1970), the policier Max et Les Ferrailleurs (1971), and César and Rosalie (1972) – along with the rarely-seen Vincent, François, Paul and the Others (1974), starring Yves Montand, Michel Piccoli, and Gérard Depardieu, and Sautet’s final film, Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud (1995).

According to Bob Laemmle, Laemmle Theatres hosted the Los Angeles premieres of all five of these films — his favorite is César and Rosalie — at the Royal. We are proud to host their DCP premieres next month. (Note: none is available on Blu-ray or DVD.)


GABRIEL Filmmaker Lou Howe in Person for Q&A’s this Weekend at the Music Hall

GABRIEL (Rory Culkin), a troubled young man, is convinced that reuniting with his first love will bring him the stability and happiness he craves. Against his family’s wishes, he sets out to find her, but as the obstacles mount, his grip on reality begins to slip and his behavior becomes more erratic. In the end, he risks everything in an increasingly obsessive and desperate pursuit.

GABRIEL filmmaker Lou Howe will participate in Q&A’s after the 7:40 PM screenings at the Music Hall on Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27.

THE STRONGEST MAN Filmmaker and Cast at the Music Hall Saturday Night

The Strongest Man is a Miami-set comedy about an anxiety-ridden Cuban-American who fancies himself the strongest man in the world. In a quest to recover his most beloved possession, his golden BMX bicycle, he finds and loses so much more.

The Strongest Man filmmaker and co-stars will introduce and participate in a Q&A after the Saturday, June 27 7:30 PM screening.

Ken Loach’s lovely, heartfelt JIMMY’S HALL opens July 3

A week from Friday we are very pleased to open JIMMY’S HALL, the latest from prolific — 49 turns in the director’s chair and counting, beginning in 1964 — British filmmaker Ken Loach. A drama set in 1921 and based on a shameful episode in Irish history, follows Jimmy Gralton, whose sin was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in an Ireland on the brink of Civil War. The Pearse-Connolly Hall was a place where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream…but above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity, its socialist and free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close.

A decade later, at the height of the Depression, Jimmy returns to County Leitrim from the U.S. to look after his mother. He vows to live the quiet life. The hall stands abandoned and empty, and despite the pleas of the local youth, remains shut. But as Jimmy reintegrates into the community and sees the poverty, and growing cultural oppression, the leader and activist within him is stirred. He makes the decision to reopen the hall in the face of what they may bring…

In his Variety review from Cannes, Scott Foundas wrote, “Ken Loach has taken a despicable episode of modern Irish history — the 1933 deportation without trial of one of its own citizens, James Gralton — and made a surprisingly lovely, heartfelt film from it with JIMMY’S HALL.”


L.A. Times: “Baroque architect reaches across centuries to influence another in ‘La Sapienza'”

We open the exquisite new Italian-French production LA SAPIENZA this Friday at the Royal. Eugène Green’s film begins with a brilliant architect plagued by doubt and loss of inspiration as he embarks on a quest of artistic and spiritual renewal guided by his study of Borromini. His wife, similarly troubled by the crassness of contemporary society, as well as the couple’s listless marriage, decides to accompany him. A chance encounter with adolescent siblings upends the couple’s plans and changes their lives.

This morning the L.A. Times published arts reporter David Ng’s piece about the film, featuring an interview with the filmmaker. Mr. Ng will attend and introduce the 7:10 PM screenings on Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27. He adds, “Eugene kindly sent me a few humorous words to say before the screenings.”

Here’s the beginning of the Times article:

“Widely regarded as one of the most important architectural achievements of the Baroque era, the Church of Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza in Rome stands out for its bold juxtaposition of geometric shapes, its spiral dome and its resplendent, light-filled interior.

“Though not a large church by European standards, it nonetheless remains the supreme accomplishment of its creator: 17th century Italian architect Francesco Borromini, whose prodigious talents unfortunately brought him more misery than joy. He committed suicide in 1667 at the age of 67.

“Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza still operates as a church and as the home of Rome’s municipal archives. It also plays a key role in “La Sapienza,” opening Friday, a fictional movie that explores how Borromini’s architecture changes the life of a contemporary architect who himself is suffering from an existential crisis.

“The movie’s title refers to Borromini’s church but also evokes the somewhat archaic Italian word used during the Renaissance.

“”When people try to define it, they either say it is ‘knowledge’ or ‘wisdom.’ But for me it’s knowledge that leads to wisdom,” writer-director Eugène Green said.

“The Paris-based filmmaker is a Baroque specialist who once led the French stage company Théâtre de la Sapience. He recalled that as a young student pursuing art history, he dreamed of making a biopic of Borromini, using the real architecture as a backdrop.

“”He’s an artist who didn’t make concessions,” the director said by phone from Paris, in an interview conducted in French. “It’s a mystical architecture. In the context of Roman Baroque architecture, it’s a pared-down style — even the decorative aspects have a purpose in the larger form. I conceived my own artistic work in that manner.”

“Once he began making movies in the late ’90s, Green realized he had no interest in costume dramas.

“”As soon as you put a period costume on an actor, they try to act differently, like they’re in the theater,” he said.”

“This is California. Maybe this is what dinner parties are like.” Stop by for THE OVERNIGHT starting this Friday.

This Friday we’ll be opening the comedy that killed at Sundance earlier this year, THE OVERNIGHT, at our Pasadena, Claremont and Encino theaters (planning a July 3 opening in NoHo as well). In an attempt to acclimate to L.A., a young couple (Taylor Schilling and Adam Scott) spends an increasingly bizarre evening with the parents (Judith Godrèche and Jason Schwartzman) of their son’s new friend. In Rolling Stone Peter Travers called it “an indecently hot and hilarious sex comedy with quartet of playfully scrappy actors who couldn’t be better suited to their roles or more eager to rouse our prurient interest.” Below is a featurette in which, amusingly, the actors, one a native Angeleno, another a Frenchwoman, talk about how their real-life experiences of polite society in our city always remain exceedingly polite (read: dinner at 5:30; good-night at 8). But that would have made for a boring movie.

Taylor Schilling gets an eyeful.
Taylor Schilling gets an eyeful.

The Royal Opera’s Production of LA BOHEME Screening July 6 and 7

Swoon-inducing opera, coming your way: LA BOHEME. The Royal Opera recently posted some fantastic interviews and making-of videos to YouTube. We’ll be screening the production in all six Laemmle venues on Monday, July 6 and 7:30 PM and Tuesday, July 7 at 1 PM.