Dear Laemmle Fans,
Earlier this week I recorded a State of the Arthouse Address, in which I give thanks for Laemmle Theatres having survived a difficult year, and proudly reaffirm our commitment to reopen as soon as it’s deemed safe to do so. Although I’m unable to provide an exact timeline in the video, much has changed in the few days since, and I’m now overjoyed to share that we expect to be open for business on the big screen in as little as four or five weeks!
Details are still being finalized regarding exactly which locations will open first and what percentage capacities will be allowed, so make sure to stay tuned for further updates. In the meantime, you can help by remaining diligent with your Covid safety protocols and best practices. We’ve spotted land on the horizon – now is no time to jump ship.
On the virtual side, today’s new lineup features the stirring art history documentary Still Life in Lodz, about a lost Polish painting and its connection to the local Jewish community, and Martha: A Picture Story, about prolific New York City graffiti photographer Martha Cooper. There’s also two music-themed documentaries – Women Composers and Long Live Rock… Celebrate the Chaos – as well as two short film compilations – the Women’s Adventure Film Tour and Five (presented by Mastercard). Last up for documentaries is a re-release of the chess-themed Brooklyn Castle, which we showed back when it debuted in 2012. Fans of the Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit (a show that I greatly enjoyed) should appreciate the entertaining mix of personal drama and chess strategy.
Narrative releases include the Norwegian thriller The Tunnel, and the Irish drama The Last Right, with Brian Cox. There’s also the Black-socialist political comedy The Inheritance, and the well-reviewed indie horror Honeydew, starring the very talented young actors Malin Barr and Sawyer Spielberg (son of Steven, whose work you may be more familiar with).
Before signing off, I’d also like to note that Laemmle Theatres plans to continue offering films virtually as we resume our theatrical operations. Some titles may be exclusively in-person, and others may be exclusively online, but we’ll do our best to ensure side-by-side availability whenever possible. Lastly, make sure to check out our new Culture Vulture collection on Laemmle Virtual Cinema, and keep an eye out for Oscar nominations this Monday, March 15.
All the best,