Our annual pilgrimage to the LA Conservancy's Last Remaining Seats was another winner. Neither Maria nor I had seen the Bette Davis classic "All About Eve" (1950), and the grand, historic Los Angeles Theatre seemed like the place to do it.
After a drink at The Association and a quick bite straight off a taco truck parked on 7th, we found our seats up in the balcony and settled in. To kick things off, LA Conservancy leader Linda Dishman gave the crowd a status report on the Wyvernwood Garden Apartments (1939) in Boyle Heights, which is in very real danger of being demolished. (Separate post to come.) Leonard Maltin then introduced the film, offering a few trivia tidbits.
We've been to the Los Angeles Theatre countless times -- it's the venue we always seek out during the Last Remaining Seats -- but it still thrills. There's nothing like seeing a classic film in such an ornate movie palace. A few pics from this visit:
Read all of our Last Remaining Seats posts here. Also, your last chance to take part in this year's event happens tonight or this weekend. More details from the Conservancy:
The Los Angeles Conservancy will wrap up its twenty-seventh season of Last Remaining Seats this week with screenings at the historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown L.A. and Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)
Wednesday, June 26, 8 p.m.
Orpheum Theatre (1926), 842 S. Broadway, Downtown L.A.
The June 26 screening of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ will be hosted by historian Mark A. Viera and feature live accompaniment by Clark Wilson on the Orpheum’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ.
Saturday, June 29, two shows – 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Saban Theatre (1930), 8440 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills
KPCC’s “Off-Ramp” creator and host John Rabe will host the 2 p.m. matinee, and film historian, writer, and director of the Film Noir Foundation Alan K. Rode will host the 8 p.m. evening screening.
Tickets for all three screenings are still available at laconservancy.org. Advance tickets are $16 for L.A. Conservancy members and $20 for the general public. Any tickets remaining at show time will be $20 at the door.