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The Beatles in A HARD DAY'S NIGHT 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 MUSICAL MERRY-GO-ROUND series. Saturday, October 5, 2019 @ 11a, The Vista: A HARD DAY’S NIGHT (1964, Janus, dir by Richard Lester, 35mm with DCP back-up)

We close out our MUSICAL MERRY-GO-ROUND series with The Beatles’ 1964 hilariously shaggy, stylistically exciting, musically genius, and just plain great debut feature film A Hard Day’s Night.

A Hard Day’s Night is in that musical sub-genre one might call “the pop/rock star/group musical” made mostly as a vehicle to take full advantage of a pop group or star’s current white light/white heat fame and. . .let’s be mercenary. . .sell more records and concert tickets.

What’s wonderful about this genre is how, from time to time, the artists and creative talent involved find a way to make something wildly cinematic while maintaining a focus on the music, charisma, and energy that put the whole project into motion in the first place.

Movies like Prince’s Purple Rain, Beyonce’s Lemonade, Emininem’s 8 Mile, Elvis’s Jailhouse Rock and Viva Las Vegas, and the Spice Girls’ Spice World, while all wildly different in terms of tone, approach, and cinematic intent, have yielded wonderful enjoyments beyond what the genre is normally able to produce.

The Richard Lester directed A Hard Day’s Night is at the very pinnacle of this kind of movie. It’s a movie so fun, so inventive, so experimental, so wild that none other than filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has cited it (and Lester’s directing) as responsible for his re-birth as a director mid-career when he had hit a wall.

Come join us as John, Paul, George, and Ringo, (and Paul’s grandfather, he’s a clean man) get into all sorts of misadventures as they struggle to get to the studio on time to perform a set on television.

But during the two days leading up to this huge event, the Fab Four routinely get sidelined by throngs of screaming teenage girls, Ringo disappearing, and Paul’s grandfather engaging in all sorts of questionable behavior.

And of course, every 5-10 minutes or so, we get a stone cold classic Beatles’ song and musical number. And EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE NUMBERS is a masterpiece.

A Hard Day’s Night is a wonderful snapshot of arguably the world’s greatest pop band STILL right at the beginning of their meteoric rise to world-wide celebrity that is still incandescent 50 years after the break-up of the band.

We see the minor miracle that is John’s, Paul’s, Ringo’s hilarious off-the-cuff, improvisatory sense of humor. George plays along gamely although you can already see he is tiring of the “dancing monkey” aspect of being a pop group.

Director Richard Lester’s masterstroke here is that he finds a cinematic style that matches the group’s every which way energy, talent, and verve. We get quick edits, a kind of French New Wave meta-approach to scenes, dialogue, sequences.

This movie is one of those throbbing, pulsating, rapidly beating hearts of mid-60’s swinging London, pop revolution, new generation “here we are” that still excites to this day.

Plus, the movie is just joyous out and out fun.

So come join us as we end our MUSICAL MERRY GO ROUND series with one of the best. . .

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: 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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