Laemmle Theatres and Sony Pictures Classics invite you to Bring a Friend Back To The Movies. Starting this Friday at the Playhouse and Town Center, and May 6 at the Claremont, Monica Film Center and Newhall, buy one ticket to the acclaimed dramatic comedy THE DUKE and one friend — or spouse, sibling, parent, child, etc. — may see the movie with you for free. This offer is only good at the theater box offices, not online, and runs through Thursday, May 12 only.
We want to bring audiences back to theaters and remind them that nothing beats seeing a film on a big screen with a friend and the crowd pleaser THE DUKE, which premiered at the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals in 2021 and is certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes at 95%, is the perfect movie for the purpose. “THE DUKE is a wonderfully warm and funny film,” said Greg Laemmle, “and seeing it in a theatre is the best way to enjoy it. Together with the filmmakers and the distributor, Laemmle Theatres is supporting the Bring a Friend Back program as a great way to remind audiences of the unique pleasure of seeing a movie in a public setting.”
In acclaimed director Roger Michell’s (Notting Hill, My Cousin Rachel, Blackbird) final feature film before his passing in 2021, THE DUKE is the first film to tell the extraordinary true story of 60-year-old taxi driver Kempton Bunton (Broadbent), who was accused of stealing Francisco Goya’s portrait of The Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London; it is the only painting ever stolen from the National Gallery in its 196-year history. The L.A. Times recently published a fascinating piece on the backstory, featuring interviews with the Bunton’s grandson as well as Mirren and Broadbent.
THE DUKE stars Academy Award® winners Broadbent (Iris, Another Year) and Mirren (The Queen, The Last Station), with a screenplay by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. We open the film this Friday at the Playhouse and Town Center and May 6 at the Claremont, Newhall and Monica Film Center. The Bring a Friend Back program is good through Thursday, May 12, only for THE DUKE, and only for in-person ticket purchases.