Ahrya Fine Arts Cinema

8556 Wilshire Boulevard,
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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Lee on December 17, 2003 at 12:04 pm

When “The Exorcist” opened in late 1973, the National in Westwood had an exclusive engagement. Almost every showing was sold out well into January of 1974. Mann Theaters was looking for another place to show it. All their large theaters still had contacts with their holiday film and couldn’t break them except the Fine Arts. When the local community found out “The Exorcist” was about to takeover the Fine Arts, they asked the Beverly Hills City Council to enact new street parking laws, which effectively prohibited filmgoers from parking on the street. With all the fuss the film did still quite well there.