New Beverly Cinema

7165 Beverly Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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New Beverly Cinema

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The New Beverly Cinema is still a beloved venue for classic films. In September 2014 it was taken by film director Quentin Tarantino.

Contributed by Ray Martinez, Lee Philipson

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dtrigubetz
dtrigubetz on September 28, 2011 at 12:58 am

I’ve attended 15 times so far this year. Parking on the side streets in the evening is unrestricted-a godsend. Veteran actor Clu Gulager is a fixture here(he always sits in the first row).

Admission for regualar shows is ultra reasonable at $5-7. When was the last time in a movie house you could buy a small candy bar for $1, small pocorn for $2, even Martinelli’s apple juice for $1.75? The hotdogs at $2.50 are the best I have ever had in a cinema and compare favorably to nearby Pink’s.

Sherman’s son Mike Torgan works all phases of the business and is a real gentleman. I come in from North Hollywood; if I lived in the neighborhood I would be at the Beverly 3-4 times a week.

dtrigubetz
dtrigubetz on September 28, 2011 at 12:59 am

I’ve attended 15 times so far this year. Parking on the side streets in the evening is unrestricted-a godsend. Veteran actor Clu Gulager is a fixture here(he always sits in the first row).

Admission for regualar shows is ultra reasonable at $5-7. When was the last time in a movie house you could buy a small candy bar for $1, small pocorn for $2, even Martinelli’s apple juice for $1.75? The hotdogs at $2.50 are the best I have ever had in a cinema and compare favorably to nearby Pink’s.

Sherman’s son Mike Torgan works all phases of the business and is a real gentleman. I come in from North Hollywood; if I lived in the neighborhood I would be at the Beverly 3-4 times a week.

Marcel
Marcel on September 28, 2011 at 1:10 am

SO GLAD this gem was saved and still going strong. Went here every week when I was in college from 1995-1999. I remember they even showed old trailers for the upcoming films!

dtrigubetz
dtrigubetz on November 25, 2011 at 4:17 pm

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 27, 2012 at 12:10 am

Just following link. Thank you.

JAlex
JAlex on April 27, 2012 at 4:03 am

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 September 1, 2014 at 7:12 am

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 7:45 pm

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 9:10 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 7, 2014 at 2:23 am

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/

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