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MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA at the Vista, Los Feliz

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Vista Theatre

4473 Sunset Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90027

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Part of our KAIJU SUMMER series: Sunday, September 8, 2019 @ 10:30a, the Vista. MOTHRA V GODZILLA (1964, Toho/Janus, dir by Ishiro Honda, 35mm or digital)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to Audience feedback, we have decided to screen 1964's MOTHRA V GODZILLA no matter what as our final screening of the KAIJU SUMMER series. We are working as hard as possible to secure a 35mm print of this title but if necessary, we will show it digitally.

When the original 1954 Godzilla proved itself to be (forgive us) an international monster hit, Toho Studios immediately rushed into production Godzilla Raids Again (1955).

Godzilla Raids Again begins what would come to be known as the “Showa Era” of Godzilla movies. The “Showa” referring to Japan’s longest serving Emperor Showa Hirohito who was emperor from 1926 through his death in 1989. The Showa Godzilla era would include all movies through 1975’s Terror of Mechagodzilla.

Without giving away too much from the original Godzilla, let’s just say another Godzilla is discovered who also wants to kick some series human a@# until we get to Ghidorah The Three Headed Monster where Godzilla will undergo a transition to the good and heroic.

Toho, realizing the public’s thirst for movies where things get destroyed on an epic scale (a thirst that hasn’t been slaked yet as any grab bag of US summer trailers through 2019 will show us), also produced several stand-alone non-Godzilla monster movies including Rodan about a monstrous pterodactyl and Mothra about a mostly benevolent gigantic butterfly-moth.

All these monsters, including Godzilla, would come to be known as KAIJU.

KAIJU means “strange creature” in Japanese and is considered a sub-genre of the larger tokusatsu (literally “special filming” or “special effects”) genre. Rodan (a giant pterodactyl like bird) and Mothra (a huge butterfly-moth) proved to be so popular on their own that it was only a matter of time before they were weaved into the Godzilla storyline “Avengers” style so the KAIJU could face off in world-wrestling federation style.

In fact, it might be fair to say that the Godzilla series really lit the way for the Marvel Expanded universe. For all KAIJU and MARVEL fans, it is even known that Godzilla and the Avengers squared off in a series of comic books, thus cementing the relationship.

But here in Mothra Vs. Godzilla, Godzilla is still a terrifying sea beast who views humanity more as a huge shabu-shabu opportunity than as a species worth fighting for or saving.

Mothra Vs. Godzilla, introduces us to Mothra a huge butterfly moth that hails from a difficult to reach island where two “Shobijin” (small beauties) less than 12 inches tall, have beautiful voices, and a connection with Mothra.

The Small Beauties go to Japan to try and plead the case not to exploit a huge egg that has been discovered by Japanese businessmen. This egg is the egg of Mothra, the island’s God. Do the humans listen? Of course not. Mothra is essentially a good Kaiju who represents in many ways the earth’s own ecosystem fighting back against petty, greedy, and single minded humanity who only sees dollar signs in exploiting natural resources. Here the KAIJU is the hero and the humans are the bad guys. Mothra Vs. Godzilla introduces elements that will dominate the remainder of the Showa era. Humanity (or humanity in the guise of aliens) will try to exploit things they shouldn’t exploit, Kaiju will meet for battle royales, and the 1960’s explosion of poppy color, music, rock and roll will seep more and more into the Godzilla movies.

Mothra Vs Godzilla is best viewed as the movie that shows this transition.

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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