Last year was a great movie year and we’re still enjoying the cream of the Oscar-nominated crop. Moviegoers still have time to catch many of the documentaries and shorts in all their big-screen glory before filling out their Oscar ballots, either at work or with Laemmle. This weekend we’re opening the live action, animated and documentary shorts and if you haven’t yet enjoyed the doc features THE SQUARE, TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM or CUTIE AND THE BOXER, we’re playing those too! It’s a splendid time to be a cinephile.
Last year’s Ride with Greg Laemmle Climate Ride Contest was so successful we’re doing it again!
Tell us why you want to ride with Greg and you could win an Unlimited Laemmle Movie Pass for the remainder of 2014, free registration for Climate Ride California, and a $2500 contribution toward your Climate Ride fundraising goal from the Laemmle Charitable Foundation. See the second and third prize packages, eligibility requirements, and all contest details over on the contest entry page.
An outside panel of judges will select the winners based on the quality of their entry statement so take the time to craft something that’ll really knock their cycling socks off! But don’t wait too long, the deadline for entry is Monday, February 17!
Climate Ride Wine Country 2014 is a fully-supported, four-day group ride covering 250 miles of stellar Northern California scenery starting in San Francisco and winding through the famous wine growing regions of Napa Valley and the Russian River Valley. It culminates at the iconic state capitol building in Sacramento. Bike fitness is recommended, but the ride caters to all levels of ability.
You can listen to Greg Laemmle talk about Climate Ride on KPFK’s Bike Talk here. He was joined by past Climate Riders, Ride Director Blake Holiday, and LA County Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Jennifer Klausner.
Wow! Thanks to our patrons and community partners, we’re pleased to report that our 75th Anniversary activities raised approximately $100,000 for the Laemmle Charitable Foundation! These funds will be directed to local, L.A.-based non-profits doing inspired work around the issues of poverty, the environment, and alternative transit.
With $18,000 in ticket sales, the response to the 75th Anniversary Raffle was beyond expectations. In addition, $70,000 was raised via our commemorative book – “Not Afraid … 75 Years of Film Exhibition in L.A.” The final $12,000 came from tickets purchased to the 75th Anniversary Gala held at the Royal Theatre on December 17th. Additional support was provided by ticket buyers at four additional celebratory screenings at the Monica, Claremont, NoHo, and Playhouse.
Even though the 75th Anniversary events have passed, it’s not too late to participate! Your purchase of a 75th Anniversary T-shirt or the “Not Afraid…“ book will benefit the Foundation. The book, which features articles on Laemmle History, our Top 75 Films, classic L.A. Eateries, and more, is a great keepsake. It can be purchased at any Laemmle theatre or online. The spiffy t-shirts are also available online and at select Laemmle locations (Claremont, Encino, North Hollywood, Pasadena, and West L.A.).
Reminder: If you purchased a raffle ticket, please visit any Laemmle location to redeem your raffle stub for a FREE COPY of the “Not Afraid…“ book.
If you had the good fortune of attending the 75th Anniversary Gala at the Royal, you know what a fantastic evening it was. Senior V.P. Jay Reisbaum kicked off the proceedings with some brief remarks about the Laemmle Foundation. Then Bob Laemmle regaled attendees with memories of his father, Laemmle Theatres co-founder Max Laemmle, and talked about the bygone days of movie exhibition.
Tish Laemmle, wife of current company President Greg Laemmle, introduced Aaron Paley of CicLaVia, who accepted a grant of $5000 for L.A.’s preeminent bike and pedestrian street festival. Lewis MacAdams captivated everyone with a very impassioned speech on behalf of the L.A. River. His organization, FOLAR (Friends of the L.A. River) also received $5000 from the Foundation. Lastly, we were thrilled to honor Alyse Laemmle, wife of co-founder Kurt Laemmle, who was in attendance and, at 97 years old, still going strong!
The evening culminated with a screening of A MAN AND A WOMAN, Claude Lelouch’s classic 1966 French romance that enjoyed a startling two-year run at the Laemmle Regent, thus kicking off the Westwood Village moviegoing boom.
The 75th Anniversary was a “coming out” party or sorts for the Laemmle Charitable Foundation. While the Foundation has been around since 2000, it had kept a low-profile. The 75th Anniversary presented a great opportunity to raise funds and bring its mission into clear focus for the community.
The Foundation is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) private, non-profit organization, meaning your donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Without any paid staff, the Foundation has managed to distribute more than $850,000 since its inception. The board hopes to cross the $1M mark by the end of 2014. As mentioned earlier, giving is directed to local organizations with the ultimate aim of making L.A. a more livable and compassionate city for all its denizens. For more information on the Foundation, including a full list of beneficiaries, visit its website at www.laemmlefoundation.org.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t end this post with a big thank you to the entire Laemmle community, including you, our devoted patrons, friends, family, associates, and sponsors. In most cases, these parties are one and the same – as we consider all in our purview to be, as poet Ogden Nash observed, ‘Laemmle Faemmle.’
Since 1938, we’ve been bringing great cinema to L.A. As a result, we’ve thrived as a family owned and operated business for over three successive generations of leadership. And we couldn’t have done it without you. So here’s to the past 75 years … and the next!
Will the matchmaker make you “the perfect match?” There’s only one way to find out … join us this year for our 6th ANNUAL FIDDLER ON THE ROOF CHRISTMAS EVE SING-A-LONG!
This year, the popular Fiddler program has been extended to more venues to accommodate demand including, for the first time, the PLAYHOUSE 7 and the CLAREMONT 5.
In addition to exuberant movie and song, the evening will feature TRIVIA with PRIZES being awarded to Fiddler buffs with the quickest recall. Dressing in COSTUME is not required, but highly encouraged! Who knows, perhaps the best costume will garner a prize? That will be up to the emcee. Indeed, each location will feature its own host, among them our very own GREG LAEMMLE.
“Christmas Eve isn’t just Chinese food anymore!” says Greg Laemmle. “We welcome all those in the community who are looking for an alternative Christmas eve experience.”
He continues, “This is your once-a-year chance to be the star of the shtetl. Join voices with friends and neighbors and sing your heart out alongside Fiddler’s screen legends,” he continues. “And it’s okay if you haven’t memorized all the songs. We provide the lyrics.”
Song highlights include the iconic “TRADITION”, “IF I WERE A RICH MAN”, “TO LIFE”, “SUNRISE SUNSET”, “DO YOU LOVE ME?” and “ANATEVKA”, among many, many more.
Don’t miss the buggy! Those who wish to attend the program are advised to purchase tickets in advance as the program has traditionally sold to capacity.
See you in the shtetl…
DATE: Tuesday, December 24th
General Admission – $18
Seniors/Children – $15
Premiere Card Adult – $12
Premier Card Seniors – $10
$8 for general admission ($6 with premiere card).
$10 includes one admission, small popcorn & fountain drink ($8 with premiere card).
$25 includes one admission, small popcorn, small drink, plus a voucher for 75th anniversary t-shirt.
$100 ‘Sponsor’ package includes two of everything from the $25 level plus the option to be named as the sponsor of the event, early seating, and private reception with Bob and/or Greg Laemmle.
As a gesture of thanks to the community that has sustained us for seventy-five years, Laemmle Theatres is pleased to announce HELP FOR THE HOLIDAYS. We have matched each of our theatres with a specific local charitable organization. The funds raised from the sale of Flicks candy at each theatre during this holiday season will be passed on to the following worthy organizations:
Every time someone purchases a Flicks Candy for $2.50, Laemmle Theatres will donate $1.00 to charity. We also have special combinations:
1) small popcorn, small fountain drink + Flicks for $8.25 ($1 Off for Patron & $2 going to charity)
2) medium popcorn, medium fountain drink + Flicks for $9.00 ($1.50 Off for Patron & $2.50 going to charity)
3) large popcorn, large fountain drink + Flicks for $9.75 ($2 off for Patron & $3 going to Charity)
Claremont – HOUSE OF RUTH
Monica – OCEAN PARK COMMUNITY CENTER
NoHo – L.A. FAMILY HOUSING
Playhouse – UNION STATION HOMELESS SERVICES
Music Hall and Royal – WESTSIDE FOOD BANK
Town Center – SOVA
We don’t normally sell Flicks, but it is a delicious, old-timey candy first introduced in 1904. Try it! We’ll only be selling it through the holidays.
For more information about our charitable activities, visit http://laemmlefoundation.org/
The JFK: A PRESIDENT BETRAYED filmmakers will be in our theaters this weekend for post-screening discussions with audiences. Here’s the schedule:
Saturday: Director Cory Taylor at the NoHo, Producer Darin Nellis at the Monica and Producer Nicole Corbin at the Playhouse.
Sunday: Taylor at the NoHo, Corbin at the Playhouse and Nellis at the Claremont. All screenings begin at 11 AM.
In December we’re excited to open the Coen Brothers’ new movie INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, and one of the reasons, other than the fact that the Coens are inevitably entertaining, is that this one, like O Brother Where Art Thou?, has a major musical component, in this case, the American folk music revival of early 1960’s Greenwich Village. NPR is streaming the entire T Bone Burnett-produced soundtrack, and there is some beautiful stuff. Enjoy.