BRIGHTEST STAR writer-director Maggie Kiley and actress Rose McIver will participate in a Q&A at the NoHo after the 7:40 PM screening on Thursday, February 6th.
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!
Next Tuesday the 21st at our Royal and NoHo 7 theaters we’ll be featuring two advance screenings of AT MIDDLETON, the new romantic comedy in which Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia star as two parents who fall in love over the course of a single day while playing hooky from their children’s college tour. The screenings are part of the New York Film Critics Series and as always the NYFCS features a pre-recorded Q&A with the talent, this time moderated by More Magazine film critic Allison Bailes. She’ll be interviewing Farmiga and Garcia and will also take questions from audiences around the nation via Twitter. Buy tickets for the Royal screening here and the NoHo screening here.
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
The Village Voice just published their 2013 Film Poll, in which almost 100 American film critics vote in 13 categories — in addition to Best Film, there’s Movie Everyone is Wrong About and Worst Film — using a very clever point system. The Coen Brothers’ INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS won Best Film in something of a landslide, followed by HER, 12 YEARS A SLAVE and BEFORE MIDNIGHT. The top documentary, very high up at number 5 on the list, is THE ACT OF KILLING, which we’ll be playing this Saturday and Sunday, December 21 and 22 at 10:30 AM at the Monica with the director in attendance for Q&A’s. Oscar Isaac of INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS and Adèle Exarchopoulos of BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR won Best Actor and Actress. There are also a number of entertaining side articles like “15 Documentaries that Help You Understand the World Right Now,” “How Ralph Fiennes Brought His Marvelous INVISIBLE WOMAN” to the Screen” and “20 Most Memorable Movie Villains of 2013.” Enjoy!
Joshua Oppenheimer, director of the astonishing documentary THE ACT OF KILLING, will participate in Q&A’s after the 10:30 AM screenings Saturday and Sunday at the Monicas.