The Club Sneak Peek: Bill Murray in the comedy classic MEATBALLS!

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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: Bill Murray in the comedy classic MEATBALLS!

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Part of our THE CLUB SNEAK PEEK, STAND UP CINEMA, & BEING BILL series. Thursday, January 16, 2020 @ 7:30p, The Club, 1917 Bay Street, 2nd Floor, LA, CA 90021: MEATBALLS (1979, Paramount, dir by Ivan Reitman, 35mm or DCP, 94mns)

*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!

*Extra Special Note: The Club is devoted to developing fun, creative movie and live event hybrid events that celebrate cinema and creativity. Meatballs will be preceded by a short 25 minute prologue of three stand-up comedians each doing 5-8 minute mini-sets on a theme we set based on the movie. It could be misfits, summer camp, sex comedies, whatever.

We are designating 2020, the year of celebrating the amazing, strange, winding, genius career of Bill Murray. We’ve curated a series of 12 movies, (screened mostly chronological order) to chart the growth of one of the United States’ greatest film comedians and presences.

We kick off with the movie that made Murray a star, the 1979 misfit summer camp mini-classic Meatballs. Directed by Ivan Reitman (who would later steer Murray to even greater fame in Stripes and then super-stardom in Ghostbusters), Meat Balls is one of those movies that (along with John Landis’s Animal House) set the template for a whole series of 1980’s comedies where a band of misfit (fill in the blank) lead by a charismatic rule breaker take on a group of much better resourced, posh, rich (fill in the blank).

Here though, we get a surprising amount of heart with the raunch. Murray, in his first starring role, is Tripper Harrison, the head counselor of the z-budget North Star Camp filled with nerds and outcasts who couldn’t get into or afford the more expensive summer camps.

So of course they have to take on their rivals at Camp Mohawk in a competition where the North Star campers are severely outmatched in every way.

Murray set the template for the character he would play through the mid-80’s (before the first of his many amazing evolutions): the wise-cracking, ironic easy going iconoclast who, beneath it all, actually has a pretty sensitive heart.

Of the almost 45 years of Saturday Night Live alumni, nobody could have predicted in the late 1970’s, that it would be Bill Murray who would go on to have the most long-lasting, varied, adventurous, daring, beloved career. And here in 2020, Murray is still making movies at an amazing pace, still choosing surprising roles, still working to flex his muscles, and discover new corners to expand his range.

Join us at the starting line of Camp North Star where the career of Bill Murray is about to begin!

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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