Q&A with FAREWELL, MY QUEEN actress Diane Kruger this Friday in West Los Angeles

Meet Diane Kruger in a rare Q&A appearance after the 7 PM showing of FAREWELL, MY QUEEN at the Royal Theatre on July 13.

FAREWELL, MY QUEEN marks the return of acclaimed director Benoit Jacquot (A Single Girl, Seventh Heaven, Sade, Deep in the Woods) and brilliantly captures the passions, debauchery, occasional glimpses of nobility and ultimately the chaos that engulfed the court of Marie Antoinette in the final days before the full-scale outbreak of the Revolution. Based on the best-selling novel by Chantal Thomas.

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Iconic Royal Theatre marquee to be demolished this summer as part of three-screen conversion

One of the most iconic signs of West Los Angeles has for more than 40 years heralded the best in art and foreign cinema to the continuous flow of traffic along Santa Monica Boulevard. But Laemmle Theaters’ Royal marquee, with its distinctive 17-foot-wide panels, will soon dim forever. It is slated for removal late this summer when we will temporarily close the theater for an expansion project. The new three-screen complex will feature a more modern marquee.

Since the Laemmles took over the theater in 1972, the marquee has advertised such art-house hits as RAN, HOWARD’S END, SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT, THE QUEEN and WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN. Said Laemmle Theatres President Greg Laemmle: “Financially, it is just too difficult to make a go of it with a single screen theatre. But in addition to this, having three screens instead of just one will give us more flexibility in opening and extending runs on the more “artistic” films which Los Angeles audiences have come to expect at the Royal. As for the marquee, the old marquee is great, and we’re proud to see it graced with Paul Davis’ GRAND ILLUSION images. But the cost of creating custom marquee panels is prohibitive, especially for some of the small, independent distributors whose films we regularly show here. Distributors often end up spending more on the marquee panels than they do on display advertising. That just doesn’t make sense. And from an architectural standpoint, we have photos of the theatre from the 40′s (and before) which show the theatre (then named the Tivoli) with a smaller, square marquee with a vertical blade sign. We believe that something like this will be more in keeping with the theatre’s original Neo-Classic architecture.”

On the marquee: BATHING BEAUTY and CANDLELIGHT IN ALGERIA

For the theater’s current attraction, a new restoration of Jean Renoir’s masterpiece, GRAND ILLUSION, distributor Rialto Pictures wanted to give the marquee a farewell gift; a full-color broadside created by acclaimed artist Paul Davis, who gave Joe Papp’s Public Theater its signature art and ad look, as well as creating numerous other theater and film posters. Among Davis’s most famous works on Papp’s posters for Three Penny Opera and For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. He recently created the poster for the San Francisco Silent Film Festival’s special presentation of Abel Gance’s Napoleon.

Q&A’s and special events scheduled for May 4 – May 6 [UPDATED]

IN THE FAMILY actor/writer/director Patrick Wang and actor Trevor St. John will participate in a Q&A after the 8:30 screening at the Monicas on Friday, May 4. Trevor St. John and crew from the film will do the same after the 1 PM screening on Saturday, May 5.
THE PERFECT FAMILY director Anne Renton and actors Angelique Cabral and Rebecca Wackler will participate in a Q&A after the 5:20 and 7:40 screenings at the Monicas on Saturday, May 5.
SOUND OF MY VOICE director Zal Batmanglij will participate in a Q&A after the 5:40 screening at the Playhouse 7 on Saturday, May 5.
The first 30 ticket buyers to come to the theater with a ticket to see the 7:50 screening of FIRST POSITION opening night at the Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles will receive a FREE Bloch pointe shoe key-chain and a poster signed by the director.
Q&A’s with THE HIGHEST PASS filmmaker Adam Schomer and Sattva Yoga founder Anand Mehrotr Friday, May 4 following the 7:50pm show at the Monica 4-Plex in Santa Monica and on Saturday, May 5 following the 7:45pm show at the Fallbrook 7 in West Hills.