I'm working on some larger posts right now (Japanese film related, I promise!), but my schedule has been getting in the way. (Real life responsibilities can be such a drag...)
At any rate, I was at the New Beverly Cinema yesterday for the most excellent double-feature screening of HOT FUZZ and SHAUN OF THE DEAD, which included clever and pithy opening remarks/Q&A from co-writer/director Edgar Wright -- and a unique curated collection of appropriate vintage trailers that Wright pulled from Quentin Tarantino's personal collection. (I'd seen some of them before but the trailer for Chuck Norris' INVASION U.S.A. was absolutely mind-blowing!)
Anyhoo, before Edgar introduced the 3:15 screening (which started at 3:45 as is the New Beverly's style) one of the projectionists, Jeff (a 12-year veteran), gave a New Bev status update. Here's what he had to say:
Apparently the landlord has SOLD the building (!) and the New Bev is set to continue business through September 2008 at a minimum and at a maximum until 2010. BUT Jeff is planning on starting at 501 (c)3 non-profit organization for the New Beverly with the aim of buying back the building from the landlord. This would obviously be the ideal situation for the longterm health of the theater and so I prefer to look at this all as a positive thing. So there's still hope, we'll all just need to help contribute a little more to our favorite theater in LA (If you don't live here then please visit when you come to LA like Edgar Wright did).
I will post more information as I have it.
Previous post about the New Beverly Cinema.