A female movie theater patron changing her kid’s diaper during a screening of Get Out attended by film critic Glenn Whipp in Long Beach, Calif.? And waiting until after the credits rolled to dispose of said diaper? Check.
Los Angeles Times colleague Tre’vell Anderson recalling via video the first time he experienced “the beauty of seeing a black movie with a black audience?” Double check.
It’s all part of an expansive spread in this coming Sunday’s Calendar section about the past, present and future of the movie-theater consumer experience. As far as the present goes, one of the highlights in L.A. remains a trip to the New Beverly Cinema, a repertory house rescued by Quentin Tarantino. Among the many great retro strands of this mid-city operation are some ridiculously reasonable concession prices.
From Jen Yamato’s piece:
When it took over running the theater three years ago, Tarantino’s team made a raft of updates, rebuilding the sound and picture heads, adding workspace and new controls to the projection booth, scrapping the periscope projection system and lowering the portholes in the booth to give the picture a straight, unfiltered journey to the screen.
“We didn’t raise ticket prices when we took over, and we did not raise concession prices,” says Tarantino’s [longtime personal assistant Julie] McLean, who first met Tarantino decades ago when they worked at the same video store.
To McLean, the New Beverly is still “the house that Sherman built.” A big part of that means preserving a way of moviegoing life that New Beverly fans have come to love. “Family is what we try to foster,” she says.
So the delectable Hebrew National hot dogs still come nestled in perfectly steamed buns for a wallet-friendly $2.50… Pro tip: Ask for the Junior Mints kept stocked in the freezer, one of the secrets that make the New Beverly feel like home.
That’s a rare 21st century bingo. Check out the full slate of the special-report features here and, for those non-newspaper subscribers on the West Coast, try if at all possible to pick up the print edition Sunday. In the spirit of the legacy subject-matter being celebrated.