New Beverly Cinema

7165 Beverly Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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New Beverly Cinema

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Built in 1929 and used as a nightclub under various names over the years. On October 23, 1958 it was opened by Robert L. Lippert as a twin screen cinema named the Capri & Riviera Theatres. In 1963 it was renamed New Yorker Theatre, and in 1964 it was renamed Europa Theatre. It became the Eros Theatre in 1970 and in 1972 it was renamed New Beverly Cinema.

The New Beverly Cinema is still a beloved venue for classic films. In September 2014 it was taken by film director Quentin Tarantino. All films shown are presented in 35mm or 16mm prints.

Contributed by Ray Martinez, Lee Philipson

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dtrigubetz
dtrigubetz on November 25, 2011 at 8:17 am

Marcel, they still show the old trailers! Large ads ran in the L A Times at least three days for the 11/11-11/17 run of “Human Zoo”, an excellent movie by Rie Rasmussen who did a Q & A every night. The 11/18 and 11/21 screenings I attended were near capacity. Kudos for Quentin Tarantino for bringing in many directors and actors for appearances. The heavily leaning young crowd bodes well for the ongoing success of the Beverly.

JoelWeide
JoelWeide on April 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Just following link. Thank you.

JAlex
JAlex on April 26, 2012 at 8:03 pm

The above photo illustrates one problem with the house…the seats are not staggered. I remember trying to read the subtitles on a foreign film one evening.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on August 31, 2014 at 11:12 pm

Will be dark for all of September, reportedly to resume a regular schedule in October. Word is that Michael Torgan will no longer be the operator. Details are hard to come by beyond that. Hats off to him for all the years; the New Bev has been a seminal part of my (and so many others') film education.

I have to wonder if this is somehow connected to the rumors that Quentin Tarantino put in a bid on the Rialto in South Pas. Although that’s total idle speculation.

SteveSwanson
SteveSwanson on September 5, 2014 at 11:45 am

A new QT interview in LA Weekly from 9/5/14. He basically wanted to keep the 35mm format alive at the New Bev, he will be taking over programming. He also states that he has a large private collection of both 16 & 35 mm prints to show. The theater is closed for the month so they can make improvements including 6 track mag sound & adding a 16mm projector.

I’m not sure if the digital projector is going away, since Michael bought it so he could play 2nd run art house films.

Dublinboyo
Dublinboyo on September 5, 2014 at 1:10 pm

I really hope that QT and Michael Torgan can work something out where the Torgan family has a role in the continued running of the New Beverly. I can understand (and applaud) QT’s desire to want to play a bigger role in the running of the theater by taking over the programming to utilize is massive library of 35 mm and 16 mm films, cartoons, shorts and trailers and his love of “film’ as opposed to DCP. We, who love the New Beverly, owe him a debt of gratitude for helping Sherman financially to keep the doors open and then saving the theater from becoming a Supercuts by purchasing the building. However, the New Beverly is also synonymous with the Torgan Family whose business it has been since 1978, even though they did not physically own the building. Sherman and then Michael ran the business and did all the programing and, since 1980 when I started attending the NB, I’ve been comforted seeing Sherman and then Michael in the Box Office over the years. The Torgan’s built the brand and I felt like a part of their family over the years and, as much as I respect QT, I hope that we don’t lose that. I really hope something can be worked out between the parties.

nixols
nixols on November 6, 2014 at 6:23 pm

Please enjoy this comprehensive timeline of the New Beverly Cinema building that includes a candy shop, a Yiddish theater, and its slip into porno: http://www.lamag.com/askchris/comprehensive-history-new-beverly-cinema/

OCRon
OCRon on April 11, 2016 at 3:34 am

The first movie theater opened here on October 23, 1958 when Robert L. Lippert opened a twin theater called the Capri-Riviera Theatre (The opening story is in the photo section).

According to LA Times ads, it became the New Beverly Cinema in 1972 after being the Eros in 1970, the Europa in 1964, and New Yorker in 1963.

Maxie Rosenbloom’s Café, later Slapsy Maxie’s, opened at this location on November 7, 1937. Between 1945 and 1957 there were seven names changes for the clubs, restaurants and playhouses, which occupied the address. (A compilation of the their ads is in the photo section).

Los Angeles Magazine notes that the building was built in 1929.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 11, 2016 at 4:28 am

Ron, did you find any ads for the New Globe Theatre, which this web page says operated at this address for a single season in 1951? As it was devoted to a revival of Yiddish theater, it’s possible that it advertised only in the Jewish press.

OCRon
OCRon on April 11, 2016 at 8:57 am

Yes Joe, I think I saw a 1950 story for the New Globe. I think maybe I can find it again and post it.

I was amused to see in your link an ad for Mickey Katz’s Halavah Hilarities. Joel Grey, Katz son, (and Jennifer’s father) is listed in the cast. Joel, in his autobiography, says that his father’s career was revived by his parodies such as Home On The Range, which became Haim Afen Range, which began at the Wilshire Ebell around 1950.

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