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35mm WEST SIDE STORY at the Vista, Los Feliz

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SAT, FEB 2, 2019 10am: West Side Story (1961, Park Circus/United Artists, dir by Jerome Robbins & Robert Wise, 155mns, 35mm) VISTA

Winner of the 1961 Best Picture award, West Side Story is the perfect fulcrum to move us from our TRULY BEST PICTURES series to our all February-long 360 Degrees of Romance series. Steven Spielberg is currently hard at work casting and in pre-production on the remake. It will be interesting to see if Spielberg avoids or falls into the same pitfalls that get talked about with the original: white-washed casting, a hokey concept of violent street gangs that dance and. . .snap. . .and sing.

But in the end, all this seems like so much noise because 1961’s West Side Story is still one of the most inspiring daring musical gambles ever taken. Directors Jerome Kern (coming from the Broadway stage) and Robert Wise (already two decades into a hugely successful career as the most adaptable and cinematic of journeyman directors) take the musical from the sound stage and put it squarely in the streets.

New York Streets. It’s hard to imagine how revolutionary this was but West Side Story places its characters in the actual streets that such Puerto Rican gangs and working class families would love.

Not only that but the concept of the musical itself was and IS revolutionary and daring. West Side Story dares to reimagine Romeo & Juliet in early 1960’s New York City with the ties that divide being race, class, neighborhood, immigration status instead of Montague and Capulet. It is a vital and daring idea that illuminates all the conflicting pressures and joys of the American experience.

Powered by a score by Leonard Bernstein and a lyric co-written by Stephen Sondheim, starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, and Rita Moreno, West Side Story is one of those Hollywood movies that occasionally surprises all of us. A movie willing to take on the pressing issues of its day (and sadly still present and pressing) while somehow finding an unexpectedly entertaining form of song and dance with which to address it.

Whenever we laud a Hamilton, we should remember that, to some extent, it was born out of a West Side Story.

Come join us for romance, music, and epic Hollywood moviemaking. All on 35mm!

Best always,

Craig Hammill

35mm Secret Movie Club Programmer.Organizer

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

TICKETS: Tickets for all our events are available online at https://secretmovieclub.eventbrite.com or through each individual event on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/secretmovieclub35mm/. Unless otherwise noted, all our movies screen at The Vista Theater, 4473 Sunset Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

We currently are showing 1-2 movies 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 WINTER SEASON ALL-ACCESS PASS WORK: If you buy an ALL-ACCESS PASS (access to all 32 movies we’re showing from January 5th 2019 @ 11:59pm-March 2019), you get entrance into every single movie we show throughout our Winter 2019 Season (including any special events we may announce at a later time; so your value may increase!). This is our best deal at $192.00 (or $6 per movie). This offer is available through the following EVENTBRITE LINK:

If you decide to buy the 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 before the all-access pass.

The All-Access Pass is available for purchase until January 5th, 2019 @ 11:59p which is the evening of PAN’S LABYRINTH, our first movie of the Winter 2019 season. After that, series passes and individual tickets will remain available.

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 after the Season All-Access pass. If you know you can make a series in January but not a series in March, 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 6 movies in the series, the pass would cost $54 (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 (as of late November 2018): While we do accept and want you to use your MoviePass, we advise all moviegoers to first check the current MoviePass rules and regulations to make sure they can still use their MoviePass 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 MoviePass 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 midnight or between 10am-11am in the morning. Always check the listed showtime before buying your ticket.

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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