What's better than seeing the classic film "Chinatown" in the theater? Seeing it in one of L.A.'s grand downtown Broadway theaters. Separate from its Last Remaining Seats festival (you know we're big fans), the L.A. Conservancy has partnered with American Planning Association's 2012 National Planning Conference to present "Chinatown" this Saturday in downtown's fabulous Orpheum Theatre. It's the way movies were meant to be seen -- in a grand movie palace.
And there's more:
The special program includes a pre-show performance by Robert Salisbury on the Orpheum's original Mighty Wurlitzer organ. A former protege of legendary theatre organist Gaylord Carter (he started studying with him at age 13!), Salisbury is one of a rare breed of organists who specialize in the art of silent movie accompaniment.
We'll also show the 1932 short film Hollywood, City of Celluloid. This great glimpse into Old Hollywood journeys through time and place, with glimpses of early Sunset Boulevard, Greta Garbo's home, and more.
Tickets for this Saturday's event are $20. Doors open at 7; movie is at 8. The Orpheum is located at 842 S. Broadway. Go here for tickets.