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35mm The Coen Brothers' THE BIG LEBOWSKI at the Vista, Los Feliz

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Vista Theatre

4473 Sunset Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90027

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Part of THE INSPIRATION & THE INSPIRED series. Saturday, August 31, 2019 @ 11:59p, The Vista: THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1997, Universal, dir by Joel and Ethan Coen, 35mm)

. . .The Big Lebowski is the gift that keeps on giving. This programmer has heard that at this point even the Coen Brothers themselves are confused by The Big Lebowksi’s wild popularity in its afterlife as a cult film that has created a whole sub culture that meets yearly at Lebowski conventions.

And of course if you’ve only seen The Big Lebowski once you may be, like so many others, including this Programmer after first viewing, a bit confused at why folks think it’s so great.

But of course then some friend grabs your arm and says “Watch it a second time. Then watch it a third time. Usually the third or fourth time. . .”

And it’s true. It took this programmer three viewings before it was realized that every single line and scene of Lebowski is pure comic gold. Now, some fifteen viewings later, at least, The Big Lebowski is this programmer’s favorite Coen Brothers’ movie.

The Coens basically write a new Chandler novel by way of Cheech and Chong. Instead of Bogart and Bacall, we have Jeff Bridges as The Dude, a pot smoking ex-hippie bowler, on a team with his best friend, Vietnam vet and Polish Catholic turned Jewish convert for his ex-wife, Walter Sobchak.

When the Dude realizes he is being mistaken for a rich Pasadena man who has the same name (Jeff Lebowski), he goes to try to convince the rich Lebowski (the Big Lebowksi) to replace the rug the Dude has just lost to some thugs who openly urinated on it.

Thus begins an odyssey for the Dude and Walter that will include kidnapping, pornographers, new wave German nihilists, joy riding teenagers, and conceptual vaginal artists looking to conceive with someone they don’t have to see socially. . .

The Big Lebowski takes everything that makes a Raymond Chandler novel great-the nocturnal Los Angeles atmosphere, a cast of idiosyncratic memorable characters, wonderfully strange scenes, a mystery that twists and turns in unexpected ways, and two central characters who, like Marlowe himself, are essentially and basically good people at heart and creates one of the Coens’ most hilarious comedies.

Every time I see The Big Lebowksi, I get something or realize something new about it. Even in writing this summary, I just realized, for the first time, that the Dude and Walter are both Polish which makes me wonder how they initially met.

The Big Lebowski also contains possibly the Coens’ most practical and profound meditation on transcending one’s own tribalisms in order to cultivate human relationships, friendships, bonds. It’s a profound message hidden in a stoner comedy. A typical genius Coen Brothers move. . .

Best always,

Craig Hammill

35mm Secret Movie Club Programmer.Organizer


TICKETS: Tickets for all our events are available online at https://secretmovieclub.eventbrite.com or through each individual event on our Facebook Page:


Unless otherwise noted, all our movies screen at The Vista Theater, 4473 Sunset Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

We currently are showing 1-2 documentaries with Director Q&A's afterwards a season at the Los Feliz 3, 1822 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027; about 8 blocks from the Vista Theater in Los Feliz.

We also make tickets available at the Vista Box Office.

REFUNDS: We will honor all refund requests as long as they are made 24 hours or more before the listed start time of the screening. After that, no refunds. Sorry.

HOW DOES A SECRET MOVIE CLUB 2019 SINGLE SEASON or MULTI-SEASON ALL-ACCESS PASS WORK: If you buy an SEASON or MULTI-SEASON ALL-ACCESS PASS (access to all movies we’re showing within one season or multi-seasons as listed on the pass), you get entrance into every single movie we show throughout that time (including any special events we may announce at a later time; so your value may increase!). We offer SPRING and SUMMER 2019 SEASON PASSES individually (for example, if you know you will be able to attend in Spring but not Summer; a great deal at $6 a ticket) and a MULTI-SEASON PASS (all 83 events in both Spring & Summer 2019, our best deal at $4.50 per ticket). These passes are available through the following EVENTBRITE LINK:


If you decide to buy the SEASON or MULTI-SEASON ALL-ACCESS PASS and have already bought a series pass or individual ticket, just write us: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com and we’ll issue you a refund for the individual tickets you bought so you can get the all-access pass.

Each pass is available for purchase online until the start of the first event of the season that would be covered by that pass.

With the ALL-ACCESS 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.

HOW DOES A SERIES PASS WORK: If you buy an Individual Series Pass, you gain entrance to all movies in that series. This is our next best deal at $9 a ticket after an All-Access pass at $4.50 or $6.00 a ticket. 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.

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 the Series Pass through any individual Eventbrite link for a movie in that series. Then, 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.

MOVIEPASS AND OTHER PASSES LIKE IT (as of February 2019): While we do accept and want you to use your special passes, we advise all moviegoers to first check the current rules and regulations of their pass to make sure their pass is accepted for our events. Secret Movie Club and the Vista Theater are not associated with nor responsible for any changes in policy on the part of any outside vendor offering a pass to Los Angeles screenings or any similar service.

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

PARKING: 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 earlier than normal so you have enough time to park, walk to the theater, get your tickets, get in line. 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.

SHOWTIMES: We screen our movies before or after the Vista’s official movies. This is why most of our showtimes are either at 11:59pm or between 10am-11am in the morning. Always check the listed showtime before buying your ticket as we do sometimes have to adjust the showtime to accommodate the running time of the movie.

MAILING LIST: We started as a secret email list way back in April of 2016. In respect to our origins, we will always announce our upcoming seasons, special events, and speakers with the ability to get tickets via the email list first before posting to Facebook or anywhere else. 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 . We work to respond asap within receipt of your email. If you don't get a response within 48 hours, please email us again.

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