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35mm movie palace screening of Akira Kurosawa's RED BEARD

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Palace Theatre

630 South Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90014

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Our final Akira Kurosawa movie (and one of his absolute best) screened in a movie palace on 35mm!

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Part of our 12 MONTHS OF KUROSAWA series. Sunday, December 15, 2019 @ 10a, The Palace Theater DTLA (630 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014)

RED BEARD (1965, Janus/Toho, directed by Akira Kurosawa, 35mm, 185mns)

SPECIAL EVENT: Please note, we are moving our final 12 MONTHS OF KUROSAWA screening to the historic Palace Theater, 630 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014 so that we can show a special 35mm print of RED BEARD and end our series with the tribute that Mr. Kurosawa deserves! A 35mm screening in a historic movie palace. If you have already purchased tickets or Kurosawa series passes, these will be honored at this event!


We end our Kurosawa series in the same non-linear fashion in which we started. That is to say the middle.

Our final feature is Kurosawa’s 1965 masterwork Red Beard which also marked the last time he would ever work with Toshiro Mifune. The movie took two years to make and forced Mifune to turn down countless lucrative acting jobs. Kurosawa had an entire 19th century Japanese city built from scratch.

Red Beard tells the story of a heart broken and cocky young doctor who thinks he is bound for great things only to discover his father has agreed to commit his son’s services to Mifune’s Red Beard of the title, a local doctor who runs a medical clinic for the indigent and poor.

The haughty young doctor is shocked. There is no honor, fame, or gain to be had in helping such people. No one will hear of his accomplishments. The young doctor promptly decides to behave so poorly that Red Beard will excuse him.

But bit by bit, episode by episode, Red Beard slowly wins over the Young Doctor by revealing himself to be a doctor of supreme talent, skill, and most importantly compassion and wisdom for those people unjustly ignored by society.

The movie is a tour de force of storytelling, style, them, and philosophy. After it, Kurosawa would never again quite scale such heights. In this programmer’s opinion, Ikiru, Seven Samurai, and Red Beard mark the three highest summits of Kurosawa’s Himalayan mountain range of a career. And it is from this summit that we will peer out one last time at a cinematic career that guides a path forward for any aspiring moviemaker.

Kurosawa died planning his next movie. He had already drawn the storyboards and designed the costumes. May we all be only so lucky to have one tenth that drive, ambition, vision, and commitment.

PARKING FOR THE PALACE THEATER: http://www.palacedowntown.com/parking

There are also numerous flat rate parking lots and meters between 5th and 7th Streets and Spring and Main Streets

best always,

Craig Hammill

Secret Movie Club President & Programmer


SCREENING LOCATIONS: We currently screen our movies at The Vista Theatre, 4473 Sunset Drive, Los Angeles, 90027; the Los Feliz 3, 1822 N. Vermont, LA, CA 90027, and The Palace Theatre, 630 S. Broadway, LA, CA 90014.

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!

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


or through each individual event on our Facebook Page:


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 project all movies on film that were originally shot on film. This means that we work to screen the majority of our movies on 35mm prints (with the occasional 16mm print if no 35mm print is 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. For this and other reasons, we 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!

REFUNDS & COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS: We honor all refund requests made through Eventbrite 24 hours or more before the listed start time of the screening. After that, we are unable to process refund requests. BUT. . .we can offer complimentary tickets to future screenings (as long as they haven't already sold out & aren't special differently priced events).

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!

We strive to have concessions of some kind at all our events regardless of venue.


The Vista & Los Feliz 3 have no dedicated parking lots. Thankfully, there is parking in the residential areas around both theatres. 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! A few streets are permit-only parking. We don’t want any Secret Movie Clubbers getting parking tickets.

There are many great public transportation options near the Vista & Los Feliz 3 including a Metro subway stop at the Vermont/Sunset station which is about 4 blocks from the Vista Theater.

The Palace Theatre has no dedicated parking lot. However, most folks opt to park at the Pershing Square Parking Lot:


Here is a link to all parking lots near the Palace Theatre & Broadway:


SHOWTIMES: We screen most of our movies before noon or at 11:59pm. However, we are increasingly able to screen movies as afternoon matinees and prime time screenings.

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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