Our Films



“Flustered, flirty and filled to the brim with compassion, “The Lovers” is charming, even when it’s proving how hollow charm can be.”  -Washington Post

“The Lovers” is a comedy of Middle American doldrums that leaves you rooting for its characters instead of smirking at them.” -Variety

“The Lovers is buoyant and cheerfully flirty, though Jacobs never loses sight of the fact that loneliness that can strike both inside a marriage and outside it, and no human being is ever fully protected from suffering.” -TIME Magazine

The Lovers is a refreshing, funny look at love, fidelity, and family, starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts as a long-married and completely dispassionate husband and wife. Both are in the midst of serious affairs and are increasingly committed to their new partners. But on the brink of officially calling it quits, a spark between them suddenly and unexpectedly reignites, leading them into an impulsive romance that forces them to navigate the hilarious complications of “cheating” on their respective lovers. A mixture of humor and powerful emotion, the story is a uniquely honest take on modern marriage.
Rated R, 1 hrs, 34 mins



Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating The Epic City By The Sea …

Presented by Inretrospect on Retro Row … Be prepared for your local pride to SWELL when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps us away on a time travel slide show adventure exploring Long Beach’s classic and kitschy landmarks and lore then and now.

With his gracious sense of humor, unbridled enthusiasm, and keen eye for oddball detail, Charles reveals his guide to undiscovered and iconic local landmarks, and the very best of his found vintage slides taken in Long Beach in the 50s and 60s.

Experience the Pike Amusements, local oddities, legendary attractions, Art Deco and mid-century mod architecture, vintage neon signs, classic mom and pop businesses, nifty neighborhoods, the glory of googie, story of Miss Universe, and much more all in glorious Kodachrome color!

Festive Dress is HIGHLY encouraged but not expected !!!

This performance is two-acts with an intermission

Show begins at 11am ends at 1pm


Meet Charles across the street at INRETROSPECT following the performance … and enjoy cake form the Charles Phoenix Test Kitchen creations then shop til you drop on Retro Row, the greatest vintage shopping street on earth !!! …

Unrated, 3 hrs.



If you haven’t seen ROCKY with our shadowcast you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Costumes and audience participation galore! This low-budget freak show/cult classic/cultural institution concerns the misadventures of newlyweds inside a mad scientist’s strange mansion and crazy party that they come across on a rainy night after their car breaks down in the woods.

Rated R, 1 hr, 40 min.


Coming Saturday June 10 at 11AM

Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?”  -Frida Kahlo

An artist whose life was as bold and startling as her work, Frida Kahlo battled physical infirmity and a male-dominated art establishment to become one of the most acclaimed and influential painters of her generation. Kahlo also had a passionate interest in politics with her leftist views informed by the Mexican Revolution; she was an outspoken advocate of Communism and a powerful symbol of the progressive movement throughout her life. The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo is a documentary which tells Kahlo’s story as a woman, as an artist, and as a symbol of women’s rights and Latin progress. The film is narrated by actress Rita Moreno, while singer Lila Downs provides the voice of Kahlo.
Unrated, 1 hrs, 26 mins


Coming Wednesday, June 14

“The movie is scored like a thriller, seemingly building to some terrifying conclusion. And, in a way, it does ..”  -Washington Post

“Anyone seeking a demonstration of how completely orthodoxy and heresy can change places need look no further than the brisk documentary “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City.”” -Los Angeles Times

“A fascinating documentary captures the showdown, half a century ago, between the activist Jane Jacobs and the Trumpian urban planner Robert Moses: a fight for the future of New York.” -Variety

Citizen Jane is a timely tale of what can happen when engaged citizens fight the power for the sake of a better world. Arguably no one did more to shape our understanding of the modern American city than Jane Jacobs, the visionary activist and writer who fought to preserve urban communities in the face of destructive development projects. Director Matt Tyranuer (Valentino: The Last Emperor) vividly brings to life Jacobs’ 1960s showdown with ruthless construction kingpin Robert Moses over his plan to raze lower Manhattan to make way for a highway, a dramatic struggle over the very soul of the neighborhood.
Unrated, 1 hrs, 32 mins


FRIDAY JUNE 16 AT 11PM with subtitles
SATURDAY JUNE 17 at 11AM dubbed in English

“Beautifully constructed and painstakingly written, this is about as close to a perfect animated epic as you’re likely to get.”  -Seattle Times

“You’ll see why, in animation circles, Miyazaki himself is considered one of the gods.” -Newsweek

“A windswept pinnacle of its art, Princess Mononoke has the effect of making the average Disney film look like just another toy story.” -Entertainment Weekly

Princess Mononoke is a 1997 Japanese epichistorical fantasy anime film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, produced by Studio Ghibli. Essentially a statement on the ecological devastation brought on by human advancement.

While protecting his village from rampaging boar-god/demon, a confident young warrior, Ashitaka, is stricken by a deadly curse. To save his life, he must journey to the forests of the west. Once there, he’s embroiled in a fierce campaign that humans were waging on the forest. The ambitious Lady Eboshi and her loyal clan use their guns against the gods of the forest and a brave young woman, Princess Mononoke, who was raised by a wolf-god. Ashitaka sees the good in both sides and tries to stem the flood of blood. This is met be animosity by both sides as they each see him as supporting the enemy.
Rated PG-13, 2 hrs, 13 mins



“One of Wilder’s finest, and certainly the blackest of all Hollywood’s scab-scratching accounts of itself.”  –Time Out

“What’s not recognized enough is the indelible, self-sickened performance of William Holden as Desmond’s boy-toy/hired hack.” -Village Voice

“While all the acting is memorable, one always thinks first and mostly of Miss Swanson, of her manifestation of consuming pride, her forlorn despair and a truly magnificent impersonation of Charlie Chaplin.” -New York Times

Princess Mononoke is a 1997 Japanese epichistorical fantasy anime film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, produced by Studio Ghibli. Essentially a statement on the ecological devastation brought on by human advancement.

An aging silent film queen refuses to accept that her stardom has ended. She hires a young screenwriter to help set up her movie comeback. The screenwriter believes he can manipulate her, but he soon finds out he is wrong. The screenwriters ambivalence about their relationship and her unwillingness to let go leads to a situation of violence, madness, and death.
Rated G, 1 hr, 41 mins


LIVE SHOWING  – September 13 @ 7:00 PM

45 years after Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour filmed ‘Live At Pompeii’ in the legendary Roman Amphitheatre there, he returned for two spectacular shows, part of his year-long tour in support of his No.1 album ‘Rattle That Lock’. The performances were the first-ever rock concerts for an audience in the stone Roman amphitheatre, and, for two nights only, the 2,600 strong crowd stood exactly where gladiators would have fought in the first century AD.

The Art Theatre is proud to present a live screening of‘David Gilmour Live At Pompeii’,  an audio-visual spectacle, featuring lasers, pyrotechnics and a huge circular screen on which specially-created films complement selected songs, but paramount above all is the astonishing music and stellar performances from an all-star band.

The show includes songs from throughout David’s career, as well as many Pink Floyd classics, including ‘One Of These Days’, the only song that was also performed at the band’s 1971 show. Both concerts also saw very special performances of ‘The Great Gig In The Sky’ from ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’, which David rarely plays as a solo artist. Tickets are limited, don’t miss it !