One of our favorite events of the year, the Los Angeles Conservancy's Last Remaining Seats, is back this summer for its 26th season of classic films in historic L.A. movie palaces.
Here's the lineup, subject to change:
2012 Last Remaining Seats Schedule
Wednesday, May 30 - Paper Moon (1973)
Los Angeles Theatre (1931), 615 S. Broadway, Downtown L.A.
Directed by Peter Bogdanovich, this recent classic stars father and daughter Ryan and Tatum O'Neal as a Depression-era con man and the street-smart girl who may or may not be his daughter. At the spectacular Los Angeles Theatre, the last and largest of the great movie palaces built on Broadway.
Wednesday, June 6 - Tootsie (1982)
Orpheum Theatre (1926), 842 S. Broadway, Downtown L.A.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of this endlessly quotable, beloved tale of a New York actor who goes to great lengths to nab a big role. Sydney Pollack directed and joins the all-star cast led by Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange. At the magnificent, beautifully renovated Orpheum Theatre.
Wednesday, June 13 - The Big Sleep (1946)
Los Angeles Theatre
It doesn't get better than Bogey and Bacall, directed here by the great Howard Hawks with a screenplay co-written by William Faulkner. As private detective Philip Marlowe, Humphrey Bogart encounters a heap of trouble and a stunningly beautiful Lauren Bacall.
Wednesday, June 20 - Los tres mosqueteros (Mexico, 1942)
Million Dollar Theatre (1918), 307 S. Broadway, Downtown L.A.
co-presented with the Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles
Mexican icon Cantinflas stars in this parody of Alexander Dumas' "The Three Musketeers." In Spanish with English subtitles. At the beautiful Million Dollar Theatre, built as Sid Grauman's first Los Angeles venue.
Wednesday, June 27 - Robin Hood (1922)
This silent version of the timeless classic stars Douglas Fairbanks at his acrobatic best. With live accompaniment on the Orpheum's original 1928 Mighty Wurlitzer organ.
Saturday, June 30 - The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Saban Theatre (1930), 8440 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills
Matinee and evening screenings
L.A. Conservancy members voted this gem as their Fan Favorite film. Judy Garland leads an impeccable cast through an unforgettable journey down the Yellow Brick Road. With these two weekend screenings, Last Remaining Seats makes its first-ever visit to the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, which opened as the Fox Wilshire in 1930 and has been beautifully renovated.
Tickets go on sale to Conservancy members at 10 a.m. on March 28 and to the general public on April 11. Advance tickets cost $20 ($16 for Conservancy members). Read our past coverage of Last Remaining Seats here.