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May 15, 2008|Carina Chocano | Times Movie Critic

One OF the best things about spending summer in the city is that you get plenty of offbeat filmgoing choices in interesting venues to go along with your tent poles.

On Wednesday evenings between May 28 and July 2, the Los Angeles Conservancy presents the 22nd annual "Last Remaining Seats" series, featuring rare screenings of classic movies at landmark theaters in downtown L.A. Catch "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" at the Los Angeles Theatre, "Mildred Pierce" at the Million Dollar Theatre and "Goldfinger" at the Orpheum Theatre. (Some are sold out, but standby tickets may be available; laconservancy.org.)

For suave cool on hot nights, check out the series "The Discreet Charm of Charles Boyer" at LACMA (lacma.org; July 11-26). "Gaslight," in which Boyer tries to persuade Ingrid Bergman she's going insane, screens on July 18.

And of course the Los Angeles Film Festival features more than 200 films, and plenty of chatting in between: lunch talks with leading independent film directors, coffee talk panels with professionals, and festival talks with prominent industry types.

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