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35mm movie palace screening of THE GODFATHER PART 1

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State Theatre

703 South Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90014

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35mm Movie Palace screening of Francis Ford Coppola's THE GODFATHER PART 1

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Part of our EPIC SUNDAYS MOVIE PALACE series. Sunday, January 19, 2020 @ 4p, The historic State Theatre, 703 S Broadway, LA, CA 90014: THE GODFATHER PART 1 (1972, Paramount, co-written & directed by Francis Ford Coppola, 175mns, 35mm)

*Special Note: Across 2020, we’re committed to showing at least 1 epic classic on 35mm at one of the historic movie palaces in downtown Los Angeles along Broadway. These beautiful 1000 to 2000 seat theatres built in the 1920’s still retain their original architecture, design, and grandeur. The experience of watching a classic epic in these movie palaces is unlike anything you’ve experienced. It’s like going to the opera but for movies! We’re showing all movies in this series on either 35mm or 70mm. Join us and bring the family for a one of a kind way to experience classics the way they were meant to be screened. In grandeur!

*Series & Season Passes: If you have an All-Access Winter 2020 Season Pass, a Sunrise Winter 2020 Pass, or an Epic Sundays Movie Palace series pass, you have access to this movie! All pass holders get seats on the ground floor, rows B-H.

You’ve probably heard the story of all the behind-the-scenes fighting, anguish, and struggle to bring The Godfather to the big screen. Francis Ford Coppola was mostly known, at the time, as the co-screenwriter of Patton. Though Coppola already had several features under his belt, he had never directed anything near the size or scope of The Godfather.

Which makes the movie a kind of miracle when you realize just how much convincing, persuasion, stubbornness, genius Coppola had to have to create the movie we now all universally regard as one of the greatest American movies ever made.

The studio wanted folks like Robert Redford and Frank Sinatra. Coppola insisted on unknown Al Pacino and (at that time) unbankable Marlon Brando. Coppola was working from source material that leaned a bit more to the populist and pulpy but he decided to mold it into a Shakespearean tragedy of a father and his sons and how men lose their souls.

If you’ve never seen The Godfather or if you’ve only seen it on the small screen, you’ve never quite experienced what cinema is like when it fires on all cylinders. This saga of the Corleone mafia crime family is both an epic thrilling mobster movie and a very personal, devastating story of family relationships poisoned by an evil profession.

The filmmaking and writing by Coppola and his collaborators in the platinum standard to this day. The acting by an ensemble cast headed by the career-high performances of Marlon Brando and Al Pacino and supported by fiery James Caan, level headed Robert Duvall, insecure emotional John Cazale, and the confused decency of Diane Keaton is possibly the best ensemble acting you will ever see.

We’ll be screening both The Godfather I and The Godfather II on consecutive Sundays at the Palace Theater in January. Together, they form a breathtaking epic of an American immigrant family in 20th century America that rises to the top of power but at the cost of their very souls.

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 within easy walking distance of the theater.

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 Secret Movie Club (1917 Bay Street, 2nd Floor, LA, CA 90021) has no dedicated parking lot. However, most folks can find free parking on side streets as well as a paid parking lot just two blocks away at the intersection of Mateo & Violet.

The Palace, Los Angeles, & State Theatre (Movie Palaces) are all within a block of each other. They have 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 Theatres & 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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