Classic Film Fanatic
Sometimes, I believe I was born in the wrong era, especially when it comes to film. I absolutely ADORE classic film, from the Marx Brothers to Hitchcock to any Monroe or Hepburn flick. Don’t get me wrong, I love today’s movies just as much as the rest of us, but sometimes I just want to cuddle up at a drive-in and watch “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
“But Juliet,” you might ask, “where can I find an old theater that shows classic film?”
Ah, this is where I can help you, my friend! It’s a bit tricky, but you can find several hidden gems in Southern California. Here are a few of my favorites:
New Beverly Cinema: Located on Beverly Blvd in Los Angeles, this is an adorable little theater that shows a great mix of vintage classics and today’s hits. I celebrated this Easter with my family at a triple feature of two Marx Brother’s films (We only stayed for one, “Duck Soup”) and the hilarious W.C. Fields film, “It’s A Gift.” Everyone in the audience was extremely lively and thrilled to be there, and it was a great way to spend a day in Los Angeles. http://newbevcinema.com
The Egyptian and The Aero: These two theaters are owned by the same organization, “American Cinematheque,” and they are iconic to Old Hollywood. The Egyptian, built in 1922, is breathtaking, lavish, and sophisticated all at the same time. It was built by Sid Grauman, who also built Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, and the entire building is decorated with ornate Egypt-inspired embellishments. Earlier this year, I saw a wonderful showing of the iconic “Sunset Boulevard,” and they even had classic film experts give a fantastic talk about the film beforehand. Also, if you are ever bored and craving something rich and historically significant, The Egyptian offers guided tours! (I can’t wait to go on one of them when I get the chance!) I have not yet been to The Aero, but located in Santa Monica, it is a beautiful, classically-built theatre. They show a variety of classic flicks, the cult-classic “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” to the uber-fun “Flashdance.” Here is a link to American Cinematheque, which can direct you to both The Egyptian and The Aero’s specific websites: http://www.americancinematheque.com
I know that for some, Los Angeles can be a tricky place to navigate–don’t even get me started on rush hour! But don’t worry, there are many local theatres that will occasionally show classic films. For example, I live near Huntington Beach, and after some internet exploration, I realized that the local mall Bella Terra offers a showing of a different iconic film every weekend, from Pulp Fiction to The Little Mermaid! Click on the link to see Bella Terra’s current showtimes: http://movies.eventful.com/theaters-showtimes/century-huntington-beach-and-xd-/T0-001-000004531-2
Personally, I am SO psyched to find all these cinematic gems…and it is SUPER important to show your support if you love classic cinema like me, because every old theatre is in danger of being shut down. Even one of Orange County’s last vintage theatres, “The Bay Theatre” in Seal Beach, has been closed since 2012, and most antique film-houses in LA have been converted to nightclubs or department stores. So let’s make it a goal to keep the legacies of classic film alive! Buy a ticket, grab some friends, order some popcorn and get ready to experience some masterpiece film! Trust me, you won’t regret it!
I’m a seventeen-year-old, (nearly) six-foot-tall professional model and full-time high school student in Southern California. Apart from writing, studying, and modeling in the LA area, I enjoy philosophy, film-making, acting, and singing. I’m always on the search for something new, whether it’s art, music, film, fashion, or travel. I love people who can make me laugh and I’ll always be fascinated with the candy-coated artificiality of suburban culture. I can’t stand the possibility of not living my life to the fullest it can be, and I think that the truth is the most beautiful thing in our world.