16mm screening classic Rod Serling TWILIGHT ZONES

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Vista Theatre

4473 Sunset Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90027

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16mm screening of classic Rod Serling TWILIGHT ZONE episodes @ The Vista!

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Part of our FESTIVAL OF HORROR series. SPECIAL EVENT! Sunday, October 20, 2019 @ 10:00a, The Vista: 3 CLASSIC TWILIGHT ZONES on film! “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street”, “Passage for Trumpet”, “The After Hours” (1960, CBS, written by Rod Serling, 66mns, 16mm; Q&A, mini-discussions in between each episode)

*All thanks to Secret Movie Clubber David Hyde and author Koren Shadmi (who has just penned a great graphic novel “The Twilight Man” about the life of Rod Serling put out by Humanoids) for suggesting this screening.

SPECIAL NOTE: While we fully intend to play these three episodes on 16mm film, we are going to test the prints & projection ahead of the screening. If for whatever reason we find the print/sound quality to be sub-par/unacceptable, we will screen these episodes digitally. However, we think that very unlikely as we have access to wonderful prints.

In many ways, Rod Serling is the great-grandparent of the current television renaissance that began two decades ago with shows like The Sopranos and The Wire on HBO.

While the 1950’s is rightly considered the first “golden age of television” because it produced shows like “I Love Lucy” as well as incredibly daring programs like Playhouse 90 and Edward Murrow’s investigative journalism show “See It Now”, it still had one foot in radio, the medium that birthed it, as it figured out what the medium of “TV” really was.

Serling, small of stature, Jewish, full of fire, love of country (he was awarded the Bronze Star AND Purple Heart for his harrowing service in the South Pacific), and a sharp, nimble mind, took television further as a medium from 1959-1964 than almost anyone before or since.

His anthology series “The Twilight Zone”, revolutionized television in its style, subject matter, and commitment to explore darker themes, ran for 5 seasons, and has influenced everything from some of our most beloved films to current anthology series like “Black Mirror”.

Serling himself was an extremely complicated man, plagued by nightmares from his war service, a chain smoker, imperfect family man, who nevertheless saw clearly into the phobias, hopes, dreams of the human psyche.

If you’ve ever watched a Twilight Zone marathon or even caught just a few episodes on TV, you know the recipe: Rod Serling greets us at the beginning (often with a cigarette just off frame) in his singular voice. For 22 minutes, we watch riveting television often with a supernatural or science-fiction bent, then a twist ending which almost always catches us off guard, then Serling’s voice again.

Serling weekly put issues like racism, alcoholism, fascism, mob hysteria, grief, fear of death, raging greed, narcissism right in the middle American living room without diluting the ugliness or complexity of the issues. On top of this, Serling explored everything from God to extra-terrestrial life to time travel to the multi-verse.

When Secret Movie Clubber David Hyde approached us with the idea for this series, we immediately felt it was perfect for Secret Movie Club. Secret Movie Club is committed to the idea of exploring and examining what constitutes “cinema” from all angles. Television, paradoxically, has proven to be the most fertile cinematic ground for some of our most beloved movie directors. And the two mediums (television and film) are often at their best when in dialogue with each other.

Join us as we present three classic Rod Serling penned Twilight Zone episodes “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street”, “A Passage for Trumpet”, and “The After Hours” (each running 22 minutes each) on 16mm film prints at the Vista! We’ll screen an episode, have a short discussion in between each episode about Serling, the television show, and the relationship of television and cinema, then screen the next episode.

We’ll also briefly discuss Koren Shadmi’s new graphic novel biography on Serling “The Twilight Man” (published by Humanoids) which introduces yet another great medium (the graphic novel) into the mix.

We hope you’ll join us for a spooky, great October special event. And if we all like how we feel, who knows, maybe there will be more Twilight Zones on film as well as other great cinematic TV shows screened at the Vista to come. . .

Best always,

Craig Hammill

35mm Secret Movie Club Founder.Programmer


TICKETS: Tickets for all our events are available online at:


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We also make tickets available at the Vista Box Office.

Important Warning: Never buy tickets from anyone you do not know personally. We have noticed a rise in fraudulent scalpers on our social media and elsewhere. It’s always better to just write us directly at:

secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com to inquire about tickets.

OUR 35MM POLICY: We strive to show as many movies as possible on film. This means that we work to screen the majority of our movies on 35mm prints. Though we do occasionally screen movies on 16mm prints when we do special pop-up events at non-theatrical locations or a 35mm print is not available.

We will screen a movie digitally if its original medium was digital. This usually means that we screen what’s called a DCP or Digital Cinema Print. Almost all movies shot in recent years are digital and screen on DCPs.

In some rare instances, a film print will arrive to us in such poor condition that we deem it will be more distracting than entertaining or a last minute consideration will arise unexpectedly that we have to reserve the right to screen a DCP in an emergency. However, we will make all best efforts to alert the audience immediately if we have to screen a DCP alternate when a 35mm print was advertised.

Situations where we have had to substitute a DCP for an advertised 35mm print have thankfully only occurred a handful of times in our history. But we do need to reserve this right to insure the best possible presentation of a movie for our audience.

ORIGINAL POSTERS: We do limited edition 100 original poster runs for almost all of our movies. We sell these posters at the events and do our best to let our audience see the design at least 1-2 weeks ahead of a screening via our email and social media.

We are currently working to launch our website and online movie store in the Fall of 2019 so you can peruse our entire backlog and get posters of your favorite movies and/or by your favorite designers. Stay tuned!

SCREENING LOCATION(S): The majority of our movies screen at The Vista Theater, 4473 Sunset Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

We screen 1-2 documentaries with Director Q&A's a season at the Los Feliz 3, 1822 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027, 8 blocks from the Vista.

We also do occasional pop-up screenings at fun historic spaces around Los Angeles. So please double check the address to make sure you’re heading to the right location!

REFUNDS: We will honor all refund requests made through Eventbrite 24 hours or more before the listed start time of the screening. After that, no refunds.

HOW DOES A SECRET MOVIE CLUB SEASON PASS WORK: If you buy a Secret Movie Club All-Access Season Pass (access to all movies we’re showing within one season), you get entrance into every single movie we show throughout that time (including any screenings or special events we may announce at a later time; so your value may increase!).

This is our best deal at $6.50/per movie if you know you’re going to see the majority of movies in a season.

These passes are available up to the start time of the first screening of a season at https://secretmovieclub.eventbrite.com

If you decide to buy the SEASON PASS and have already bought an individual ticket, just write us: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com and we’ll issue you a refund for the individual ticket(s) you bought so you can get the all-access pass.

With the All-Access Season Pass, we generate a special list with your name on it. All you have to do is come to our table ahead of each movie, give us your name, and get your ticket. You’re a VIP now and never have to worry about a movie selling out. We always save you a seat.

HOW DOES A SERIES PASS WORK: If you want to see all the movies in a particular series but not necessarily all the movies in a season this is the way to go and is our next best deal (at $9/per movie) after the Season Pass.

The price of each Series Pass depends on how many movies we show in that series. So for instance if we are showing 7 movies in the series, the pass would cost $63 (or $9 per movie). If we are showing 4 movies in that series, the pass would cost $36, and so on.

You can buy a Series Pass through any individual Eventbrite link for a movie in that series.

We generate a special list with your name on it for that series. All you have to do is come to our table ahead of each movie, give us your name, and get your ticket.

CONCESSIONS: The Vista Concessions counter is open for all our events. So you will always have access to popcorn, soda, candy, coffee the works!

PARKING/PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: The Vista has no dedicated parking lot. Thankfully, there is parking in the residential areas around the Vista Theater. Just plan to get to the theater 20 minutes early so you have enough time to park, walk to the theater, get your tickets, get a seat.

Make sure you read the street signs! Hillhurst and Sunset Drive tend to be the best for street parking. Avoid Rosalia and Commonwealth as they have permit-only parking rules. We don’t want any Secret Movie Clubbers getting parking tickets.

There are many great public transportation options near the Vista including a Metro subway stop at the Vermont/Sunset station which is about 4 blocks from the Vista Theater.

SHOWTIMES: We screen most of our movies before or after the Vista’s official movies. This is why most of our showtimes are either at 11:59pm or on weekend mornings.

Always check the listed showtime before buying your ticket to make sure you can make that showtime.

MAILING LIST: We started as a secret email list way back in April 2016. In respect to our origins (and because the programmer is superstitious), we will always announce our upcoming seasons, special events, and speakers via the email list first before posting to any other social media. If you’d like to get on the secret email list, email us at: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com.

OTHER QUESTIONS: You can always email us at: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com or send a message through our Facebook page: @secretmovieclub35mm

We work to respond asap within receipt of your email or message.

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Los Angeles, CA 90027

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