July 30, 2012 |
The Sundance Kid will soon come to Sunset Boulevard. Robert Redford's Sundance Cinemas announced Monday that it will open its Sundance Sunset Cinema on Aug. 31 after an extensive remodel of the former Sunset 5 Theater in West Hollywood. Sundance took over the lease of the cinema on Dec. 1 from Laemmle Theatres, which operated the Sunset 5 for two decades. Sundance Cinemas, based in Westlake Village, Calif., operates theaters in Madison, Wis., San Francisco and Houston. The theater circuit offers a range of alternative programming, lectures and screening series, taking advantage of Redford's annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, and the Sundance cable TV channel.
December 20, 2011 |
The day before Laemmle Theatres closed its Sunset 5 last month, patrons and filmmakers showed up at the West Hollywood movie house to share their memories of one of L.A.'s most popular art house cinemas. Since opening nearly 20 years ago, the Sunset 5 had been the go-to venue where indie directors such as Bill Condon ("Gods and Monsters") and Lisa Cholodenko ("High Art") screened their movies to sold-out crowds. Art house theaters used to have the indie cinema market to themselves.
April 4, 1986 |
The Laemmle Theatres group today will begin operating the Colorado Theatre in Pasadena, bringing to 18 the number of screens the organization, which specializes in the art-film market, operates in the Los Angeles area. Laemmle purchased the building housing the Colorado, located at 2588 E. Colorado Blvd., from SRO Theaters, and took over the operation rights for the theater itself from the Pacific Theaters chain.
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October 10, 1987 |
The Los Feliz Theatre will show its last film Sunday, ending an era in Los Angeles cinema. Laemmle Theatres, the family-owned movie company that has operated the theater since the 1940s, lost its lease this summer after negotiations with its new owner fell through. A new tenant has not been found.
November 25, 2002 |
Fereydoun Jeyrani's "The Last Supper" is the latest fiery feminist protest film from Iran, and Jeyrani has shrewdly expressed his sentiments in a brisk, appropriately tempestuous melodrama with an effective flashback structure. In tone "Supper" goes right up to the precipice of going over the top, but in his own way Jeyrani demonstrates the firm control and discipline that Todd Haynes brought to "Far From Heaven."
August 24, 2012 |
Growing up in Los Angeles in the 1940s and 1950s, Robert Redford fell in love with the movies at small community theaters that screened cartoons, shorts and newsreels, documentaries and feature films. "What you had then was film in all its forms," Redford said this week. "It was lot more like a community experience where you would recognize your neighbors. " Now the actor, director, producer and founder of the annual Sundance Film Festival is hoping to revive that community spirit by opening an indie cinema house in West Hollywood.