“First Reformed is a stunner, a spiritually probing work of art with the soul of a thriller, realized with a level of formal control and fierce moral anger that we seldom see in American movies.” – NPR
“It is an exquisite piece of filmmaking and also a blunt, pulpy instrument, a despairing, fully sustained howl of a movie that is easily this director’s finest work in years.” – Los Angeles Times
Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities and 5,000-strong flock. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future, until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence. From writer-director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver; American Gigolo; Affliction) comes a gripping thriller about a crisis of faith that is at once personal, political, and planetary.
Rated R, 1 hour, 46 mins
EVERY Saturday at MIDNIGHT
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 mins
June 24 at 11:00am
* Our art deco series continues! Please join us for this morning movie with FREE mimosas as John Thomas, past president of the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles and co-author of Long Beach Art Deco, explores the set designs and themes of Cedric Gibbons prior to the screening of this classic film!
Aspirations and the lives of several people working at the gigantic Seacoast National Bank Building interweave in various plots. The most notable character is David Dwight, the womanizing bank owner who keeps his estranged wife happy by paying for her extravagant globetrotting. Dwight’s long time secretary Sarah yearns for them to divorce so her affair with him can be legitimized. Sarah shows her good side by playing mother to the young innocent Lynn Harding, who she employs as an assistant. Beautiful Miss Harding is relentlessly pursued by extroverted bank teller Tom Sheppard, but he is frustrated when Dwight lures her away with power and wealth. Then Dwight ruins everyone’s finances in a successful bid to get full control of his skyscraper by manipulating the company’s stock price. Now there doesn’t appear to be anyone who can prevent the power monger from taking advantage of the ingenue Harding-or is there?
Unrated, 1 hour, 39 mins
June 26 at 8:00pm
* After the screening there will be Q & A session Emmy, Grammy and Academy Award winning Director James Moll; Producer and Philanthropist Jennifer Howell; with moderation by Victoria Yarnish, Supervising Director of Studio Number One.
* Please RSVP by June 25th to reserve your ticket. Click on Tickets & Showtimes button below for more information. (Limited tickets available.)
A documentary profiling the life and work of street artist and graphic designer Shepard Fairey. Following his roots in punk rock and skateboarding to his creation of the iconic Obama HOPE poster and the controversy that surrounds it.
Unrated, 2 hours
June 26, 27, 28
“Awe-inspiring and emotional, “Andy Irons: Kissed by God” ably strikes a balance between a standard sports doc and a biography of a man whose internal battles were as challenging as his competition.” – LA Times
A film about bipolar disorder and opioid addiction as seen through the life of three-time world champion surfer Andy Irons. Andy struggled with the same demons that millions of people worldwide battle with daily. Andy was an incredible presence on the world stage as the “People’s Champion.” He was the pride of Hawaii and revered around the world for his blue collar rise to fame and success. However, many were unaware of his internal battles that led to his demise. As the opioid crisis rises to a national emergency in the United States, the untold story of Andy’s life serves to tear down the myths associated with these two ferocious diseases.
Unrated, 1 hour, 55 mins
Coming June 29
“Both nostalgic and immediate, it’s a documentary you want to hug.” – Hollywood Reporter
For over thirty years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion. There hadn’t been anything like Mr. Rogers on television before and there hasn’t been since. Though he may be best known today as a soft-spoken, cardigan-wearing children’s television host, in reality, Fred Rogers’ career represents a sustained attempt to present a coherent, beneficent view about how we should best speak to children about important matters. This emotional and moving film takes us and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.
Rated PG-13, 1 hour, 34 mins
June 30 at 11:00am
* Co-hosted and moderated by Matt Cooker, Senior Writer, OC Weekly
“Hamilton’s story is so filled with dramatic incident and personal and psychological complexity, not to mention spectacular visuals of waves upward of 100 feet tall, that it compels attention whether surfing means anything to you or not.” – Los Angeles Times
From director Rory Kennedy, this film—filled with spectacular visuals of over 100 ft. waves— is the remarkable story of American icon Laird Hamilton (the guiding genius of crossover board sports known as the primary influence behind tow-in surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and hydrofoil boarding) who changed the sport of big wave surfing forever. Transcending the surf genre, this in-depth portrait of a hard-charging athlete explores the fear, courage and ambition that push a man to greatness-and the cost that comes with it.
Unrated, 2 hours, 10 mins
The Beatles’ innovative 1968 animated film will return to theaters this summer in a new 4K restoration created to mark the movie’s 50th anniversary. The original has been restored by hand, frame by frame rather than using automated software.
When the music hating Blue Meanies take over Pepperland and freeze everyone within it, including the protectors, Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. Captain Fred and his Yellow Submarine recruit The Beatles to help save Pepperland. Along the way, they fall through the Sea of Time, Sea of Nothing, Sea of Holes and more. They meet Jeremy Hillary Boob Ph.D. and take him with them along the adventure. When at Pepperland, the Beatles “rally the land to rebellion” and take down the Blue Meanies, the four-headed Meanie dog and the Dreadful Flying Glove (with the songs “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band”, “With A Little Help From My Friends”, “Hey Bulldog”, “All You Need is Love”). In the end, we see all four live-action Beatles singing “All Together Now”.
Rated G, 1 hour, 30 mins
July 7 & 8 at 11:00am
“An intimate, enthralling look at the life of a legend.” – Time Out
Constructed around a 14-hour interview, McKellen: Playing the Part uncovers the remarkable story of actor Sir Ian McKellen. From his upbringing living through the Second World War, working through repertory and West End theatre becoming a pioneering stage star, coming out and being a leader in the campaign for equality, to his mainstream film breakouts as Magneto and Gandalf. His work and influence transcends generations, celebrated here in this fully authorized insight.
This film features unprecedented access to private photo albums, a wealth of never-before-seen archive material, including diaries written when he was 12, and exclusive behind the scenes of theatre shows and films, alongside his personal thoughts on a life long lived.
Unrated, 1 hour, 36 mins
* ONE NIGHT ONLY!
“An endless build-up, heading for one peak after another — is what a Muse concert sets out to deliver by every means available.” – New York Times
Muse, the world renowned multi-platinum selling and multi-award winning band, embarked on their ambitious Drones World Tour in 2015-16, playing over 130 dates across the globe. Known for pushing boundaries in terms of their stage production the tour saw the band perform “in the round” from the middle of the arena, with the stage design and configuration giving fans a full 360 degree audio/visual sensory experience.
Central to the tour’s visuals were the Drones, which flew autonomously above the stage and across the audience, alongside giant projections which interacted with the band members on stage. This spectacle, featuring LEDs and lasers perfectly complimented the band’s celebrated repertoire. Key songs performed on the tour included “Psycho”, “Madness”, “Uprising”, “Plug in Baby”, “Supermassive Black Hole” and Knights of Cydonia.”
Filmed and recorded over multiple shows the concert movie includes never before seen special effects along with an exclusive insight from the band in the introduction.
Unrated, 1 hour, 30 mins