New Beverly Cinema

7165 Beverly Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 8, 2016 at 8:34 pm

silver: Let me answer your question by first repairing the linkrot that has afflicted this comment I made a few years ago. The October 19, 1959, issue of Boxoffice ran this article about Robert Lippert’s Capri and Riviera Theatres.

As you’ll see from the floor plan in the article, it was only the building now occupied by the New Beverly Cinema that held both auditoriums. The movies I went to (both side usually featured double bills) were in the larger, right-hand auditorium, the Riviera, which was only 22 feet wide and seated 200. The smaller Capri to the left was only 15 feet wide and seated 100, so both were comparable in size to small, storefront nickelodeons of the early 20th century.

I was mistaken in my recent comment to say that Robert Lippert operated the twin until 1963 (and that it opened in 1959. I see the opening date of October 23, 1958, has been added above.) The Boxoffice article notes that he had sold the operation to Robert Rohauer before the article was published. I don’t know how long Rohauer operated the house. I’m pretty sure my visit to the Riviera was in late 1962 or early 1963. It was un-twinned and reopened as the single-screen New Yorker in 1963.

silver
silver on August 8, 2016 at 5:58 pm

question on name. Is rivest266’s August 8, 2016 post correct on when it became the “New Beverly”? My understanding was that it was Sherman Torgan, who took over the shuttered adult theater and began repertory programming in 1978, renamed it the “New Beverly Cinema” from the previous Beverly Cinema.

silver
silver on August 8, 2016 at 5:42 pm

to Joe Vogel:
How was it twinned from 59-63? Was “Riviera & Capri” in the cinema’s current space (which is really difficult for me to envision)? Or was a 2nd screen in an adjacent building? Or something else? Thx.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 8, 2016 at 3:50 am

Mike, your timeline is missing the period from 1959 to 1963 when Robert Lippert operated the house as a twin art cinema called the Riviera & Capri Theatres. I went to the theater once during that period, though I don’t recall which movie I saw.

Also, I’ve never found anything about the New Globe having shown movies. The only references I’ve found to it say that the New Globe was a live house featuring Yiddish productions.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 8, 2016 at 2:51 am

Timeline for this cinema.

February 8th, 1950 opened as New Globe. It was opened as a nightclub before.

1951 stopped showing movies

September 13th, 1963 reopened as New Yorker

June 11th, 1964 reopened as Europa, which had shown soviet movies.

1969 adult movies are shown

February 11th, 1970 reopened as Eros

February 1971 renamed Beverly Cinema

August 2nd, 1972 renamed New Beverly

August 1977 the LA Times stopped showing adult movie ads

May 5th, 1978 stopped showing adult movies

2010’s continues to show 35mm movies.

Grand opening ads in the photo section.

JoelWeide
JoelWeide on July 12, 2016 at 7:47 pm

They did an excellent job with the website. Thats awesome!!

troniks
troniks on July 12, 2016 at 11:51 am

This month the New Beverly unveiled their new website: www.thenewbev.com

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.

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/

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Just following link. Thank you.

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.

Marcel
Marcel on September 27, 2011 at 5:10 pm

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 September 27, 2011 at 4:59 pm

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 27, 2011 at 4:58 pm

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 May 27, 2011 at 12:02 am

About a week ago the powerhouse website Groupon sold over 2000 admission/popcorn/soda packages to the Beverly in less than 24 hours!

Even folks who did now buy know about the Beverly. Expect a noticeable uptick in business.

Richie_T
Richie_T on March 28, 2011 at 11:27 am

Attended the 7PM screening of Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair last night… amazing audience… friendly staff… first rate presentation… thank you New Beverly… also… met the great George Takei across the street at Starbucks… bonus!

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on February 27, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Quentin Tarantino programs the New Beverly Cinema through the entire month of March.

troniks
troniks on September 22, 2010 at 12:15 am

hollywood90038, thanks for the pics! A new marquee went up last Friday (September 17) and looks even better than the temporary one for the Dario Argento double bill.

The Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule blog posted a breakdown of the recent sign upgrades: View link

Dublinboyo
Dublinboyo on September 3, 2010 at 1:42 pm

The new marquee is beautiful!

Dublinboyo
Dublinboyo on June 9, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Looking Good! Sherman is smiling from above!

socal09
socal09 on April 2, 2010 at 8:54 am

I saw a film here for the first time last night (rare screening of Alan Rudoph’s Remember My Name) The New Beverly may not be an architectural treasure but its a nice neighborhood theatre. One of the few left in LA. They’ve put some effort into sprucing it up.
The seats aren’t the most comfortable and the screen is quite small (is it off center too?) but I’ll happily return. The programming seems to have improved from having seen the lists in years past full of B-grade films. Of course, Mr. Tarantino’s films are now in high rotation. As the general public moves on to megaplexes and 3D, its nice to see a movie in a simple old school movie theater setting.