New Beverly Cinema

7165 Beverly Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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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/

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.

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.

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.

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.

JoelWeide
JoelWeide on April 27, 2012 at 12:10 am

Just following link. Thank you.

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.

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 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.

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 May 27, 2011 at 8:02 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 7:27 pm

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 11:56 pm

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

troniks
troniks on September 22, 2010 at 8:15 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 9:42 pm

The new marquee is beautiful!

Dublinboyo
Dublinboyo on June 10, 2010 at 12:47 am

Looking Good! Sherman is smiling from above!

socal09
socal09 on April 2, 2010 at 4:54 pm

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.

troniks
troniks on April 1, 2010 at 8:00 am

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monika
monika on February 19, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Quentin Tarantino Saves The New Beverly Theater
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 19, 2010 at 1:35 pm

For a long time I’ve had a vague memory of having attended a movie at a twin theater on Beverly Boulevard in the early 1960s, and of having read an article about the opening of said theater in the Los Angeles Times some time before that.

I was pretty sure it was the theater that became the New Beverly, but nobody posting on this page ever mentioned anything about such a twin here, and the theater’s web site said nothing, so I didn’t comment (for several years I also had a very vivid memory, which turned out to be false, of there having been an Admiral Theatre on Main Street in downtown Los Angeles, so that embarrassing experience made me a bit gun shy.)

Now, I have found confirmation of the existence of this twin! Boxoffice of October 19, 1959, has an article with pictures of the very theater I remember, and it was indeed this one. Capri and Riviera were not sequential names for this theater, but the names of the two auditoriums of the twin opened at this address by Robert Lippert in the late 1950s.

The Capri and Riviera Theatres had to have been the first twin opened in the city of Los Angeles, and the first in Southern California after Jimmy Edwards opened the Annex at his Alhambra Theatre in suburban Alhambra in 1941.

I don’t recall the year in which I attended the Riviera, but it was probably no earlier than 1961. Boxoffice of September 16, 1963, tells me it couldn’t have been later than 1963, as that’s when the house was restored to a single-screen configuration, reopening as the New Yorker on Friday, September 13.

Both articles give the name of the “legitimate playhouse” (Boxoffice’s term) that had previously occupied the building as the Dahl Theatre. I’ve been unable to find out any details about it. The Los Angeles County Assessor’s office gives the date of construction of the building at 7165 Beverly as 1929, with an effective construction date of 1942. At least two sources say that Slapsie Maxie’s opened here in 1943, which would match well with the 1942 rebuilding.

An article in a 2004 issue of The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles (PDF here) says that after Slapsie Maxie’s closed, the building became the New Globe Theatre, a venue for Yiddish plays. It was operating under that name in 1951.

The impression I got from the Boxoffice items about the Capri and Rivera was that the building had housed the Dahl Theatre immediately before Lippert converted it into a cinema. I haven’t had much luck with confirming this, but a Google search turned up a theater memorabilia site advertising a “VINTAGE PLAYGOER FROM DAHL THEATRE~LA~ 1958” for seven bucks. I couldn’t find the item on the site, and the Google results also said “No Image Available” in any case.

As for the many sources saying this was once a vaudeville theater, I’m skeptical. For one thing, the footprint was quite small. After allowing space for a stage house, even a theater with a balcony on this lot could scarcely have held five hundred patrons. For another, when Lippert converted the building the ceiling was so low that a special arrangement of mirrors had to be installed to allow the projector beam to reach the screen.

Finally, for anyone to have built a vaudeville theater in this location in 1929 would have been folly. It was not yet very densely populated, there were no streetcar lines on either Beverly or La Brea, and it would have been much easier for locals to leave the neighborhood to reach the large theaters of Hollywood, Carthay Center, and Beverly Hills than it would have been for any significant number of potential audience members to reach this location.

I suspect that, before becoming Slapsie Maxie’s, the building was most likely ordinary retail space, with a vanishingly small chance that it was a neighborhood movie house.

troniks
troniks on January 10, 2010 at 8:15 am

The Beverly ovals were taken down for rewiring / repair and should be back up & properly lit soon.

ChrisWillman
ChrisWillman on January 10, 2010 at 5:41 am

What is happening with the missing signage?

Dublinboyo
Dublinboyo on December 30, 2009 at 11:24 pm

The presentation of the New Beverly is just fine and is the absolute best I can remember in the 30 + years I’ve been going. Everytime I go to The “Beverly” I am always happy to see something new that has either been added or replaced since the last time I was there. I was out a few weeks ago for a great double feature of “Death Wish 3” and “Rolling Thunder” and noticed that the front doors had been replaced and brand new. I love this theater with all my heart. Los Angeles is very lucky to have it and some great programing coming up in January 2010 including a showing of “The Exiles!”

Come out and support this theater!

Keep up the great work Michael and God bless you!

socal09
socal09 on November 20, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Driving by yesterday, there is some restoration and repainting of the facade going on.

KramSacul
KramSacul on September 2, 2009 at 12:33 am

Love going to this little theater but is there any chance of money being put into the presentation? The small offcenter screen is pretty awkward. It’s fixed width, correct? The sides can’t be expanded for scope films?