The Club Sneak Peek: 35mm Schwarzenegger in Stephen King's THE RUNNING MAN

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The Secret Movie Club

1917 Bay Street, 2nd Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90021

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The Club Sneak Peak: 35mm Schwarzenegger in Stephen King's THE RUNNING MAN

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Part of our THE CLUB SNEAK PEEK & STEPHEN KING CINEMA series. Thurs, January 30, 2020 @ 8p, The Club, 1917 Bay Street, 2nd Floor, LA, CA 90021: THE RUNNING MAN (1987, Paramount, dir by Paul Michael Glaser, 101mns, 35mm)

*Special Note: In January 2020, we’re beta-testing & previewing “The Club” our new 99 seat theatre & creative arts space in the Arts District in downtown Los Angeles. All tickets for all shows will be $10. We would love to have you attend, have fun with us, give feedback. Please be aware that these shows are sneak peek previews so there may be kinks to work out, some stopping & starting, as we put the finishing touches on the Club ahead of our Grand Opening February 1, 2020. But you will get to see it ahead of anyone else. Only buy tickets if you’re okay with some possible rough edges!

Stephen King is one of those rare writers who seems capable of basically writing in any style, genre, to any audience he’d like. In fact, King has always been so prolific, that he has actually switched to publishing work under his pseudonym Richard Bachman, because his publishers were afraid that he’d flood the market with too much work under his own name.

King used the opportunity to write as Bachman to explore much more gritty, pulpy, violent stories and ideas. In fact, if you’ve ever read King’s The Dark Half, you’ll know how King basically used Bachman to ditch the warmer, more Dickensian aspects of his writing, in favor of a more primal Richard Matheson grab you by the jugular approach.

As with so much 1980’s sci-fi, 2019 appears to be the year everyone thought we’d basically have gone to hell in a hand basket (and many would say we’re at least without throwing distance). Like Blade Runner and Akira, The Running Man takes place in a 2019 where society has come apart at the seams and the American audience loves to watch a TV show where convicts are forced to fight gladiators in exchange for the chance of freedom. But the gladiators are so beloved and the game show is so rigged against the convicts that usually the audience gets wonderful kills all narrated by their beloved game show host (played hilariously by real life Family Feud game show host, Richard Dawson).

No one has won. . .that is until Arnold Schwarzenegger, wrongfully accused and imprisoned (of course), gets forced to play the game.

Not exactly what you would call top-shelf Stephen King or cinema, The Running Man is nevertheless a wildly entertaining and fun movie. It showcases King’s commitment to write stories that really grab you from the beginning. It also showcases the charisma and magnetism Arnie would use to propel himself to super-stardom that same year with Predator.

So get ready, strap in, look over your shoulder. We’re about to play the most dangerous game show of 2019!

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 Secret Movie Club, 1917 Bay Street, 2nd Floor, LA, CA 90021, 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 Club has available free parking on all side streets as well as a dedicated paid parking lot at the intersection of Mateo & Violet.

The Palace Theatre has 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 Palace Theatre & 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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